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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down - Aug. 27

August 26, 2011

Thumbs up to the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, which earlier this month offered 10 free art workshops for children ages 6 to 12. The program, sponsored by the Bowman Board Fine Arts and Historical Trust Inc., offers children the opportunity to work with instructors in a variety of mediums.


Thumbs up to the roughly 40 people who attended a public information meeting about Washington County's recycling program at North Hagerstown High School. People are quick to complain about such issues behind closed doors, but it takes guts to stand up and make your point in a public forum.


Thumbs down to Natalie Munroe, a high school English teacher in Doylestown, Pa., who called students "frightfully dim" and "disengaged, lazy whiners" on her personal blog. More than 200 parents said they didn't want their children taught by Munroe, who was to have 90 students in her three classes when school began earlier this week.


Thumbs up to Dennis Doub, Joe and Bonnie Henry, and Jeanette Johnson, who this week were presented with Highlight Hagerstown Awards. The residents were recognized during a meeting of the mayor and city council for having well-maintained properties.


Thumbs up to Andrew Papoutsis, who is donating illuminated street signs that will be installed at intersections in his hometown of Waynesboro, Pa. Officials hope the signs along Main Street — at Church, Broad and Grant streets, and at Clayton, Potomac and Virginia avenues — will help reduce the number of accidents believed to be caused by distracted drivers looking for street signs.

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