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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down - Feb. 18

February 18, 2012

Thumbs up to Oakley, a 5-year-old German Wirehaired Pointer from Brunswick, Md., who just missed reaching the Best in Show ring Tuesday night at the annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York. The dog, bred by Helen George Witt, Claire Wisch and Kelly Wisch of Mountain View Kennel in Brunswick, finished second in the Sporting group at the 136th annual show, which attracted more than 2,000 purebred dogs.


Thumbs up to health systems in Franklin and Fulton counties in Pennsylvania that are helping licensed practical nurses further their education with a Fastrack program and tuition assistance. Summit Health, which operates Waynesboro and Chambersburg hospitals, and Fulton County Medical Center created the initiative knowing the current college graduation rate for medical professionals is insufficient to replace the projected number of nurses planning to retire in the next 10 to 15 years.


Thumbs up to BPO Elks Lodge 778 in Martinsburg, W.Va., which honored police officers, firefighters, correctional officers and military service members during its annual Law & Safety Day this week. Though their efforts often are taken for granted, these men and women continue to put their lives on the line each day to ensure the safety of civilians.

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