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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down - Aug. 13

August 12, 2011

Thumbs up to Sharpsburg Little League, which donated about $2,500 to the family of Rodger D. "Dwayne" Singleton, who died July 25 in a motorcycle accident while on his way to work. The league donated $1,800 from 50-50 ticket sales during its 7-8 Blue-Gray Tournament, another $600 from the league for back-to-school clothes for Singleton's four children and more than $100 from an individual with Federal Little League. The Sharpsburg league's generous act is the type that builds community.

Thumbs up to the Hagerstown Aviation Museum, which on Sunday invited people to climb into some of its most precious exhibits — a Fairchild C-119 "flying boxcar" and a C-82 Packet — during an "open airplane" day at Hagerstown Regional Airport. Through the nonprofit museum's efforts, area residents of all ages were able to connect with the area's aviation history.

Thumbs up to the Town of Williamsport, which extended by 10 days the deadline for paying town electric bills for some residents who recently lost their jobs. In an economy that's equally as tough for towns as it is for residents, it's refreshing to see this kind of helping hand extended by a local government.

Thumbs down to the vandals who last week painted graffiti on every building at Lions Club Park in Smithsburg. Bathrooms, dugouts and pavilions fell victim to the senseless actions of those who should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

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