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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down - Sept. 2

September 02, 2011

Thumbs up: To David Sword of Clear Spring, who organized a picnic and concert honoring veterans and active-duty members of the U.S. military. The event at Clear Spring Park drew about 250 people, including soldiers from Fort Belvior, Va., who were invited through the Wounded Warrior Project. Clear Spring Sons of the American Legion Post 222 and the Town of Clear Spring provided support. Events like this show thankfulness and appreciation for people who are willing to go into harm's way to defend us.

Thumbs up: To everyone involved in a recent shoe giveaway at Five Forks Brethren in Christ Church held in conjunction with Samaritan's Feet, a nonprofit organization that provides free shoes and clothing worldwide. About 90 volunteers from the church in Five Forks, Pa., offered footwear, prayer and conversation to more than 500 visitors. It's a nice way to serve others face-to-face.

Thumbs up: To Shepherd University, which hosted Shepfest to welcome students back with inflatable games, food, airbrush tattoos and musical acts including headliner Gym Class Heroes. The college's program board is making school cool.

Thumbs down: To anyone involved in trafficking in stolen metal. Just about any item containing any valuable metal — from air conditioners to catalytic converters — is a target for theft, according to law-enforcement agencies in Washington County and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. During a recent meeting on the rising problem in the Tri-State area, law-enforcement officers had to excuse themselves to investigate two separate reports of metal-related theft.

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