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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down - Feb. 25

February 25, 2012

Thumbs up to the standout Washington County student-athletes who competed at the Maryland State Indoor Track and Field Championships this week. Win or lose, gold or silver, making it to states is something of which you can be very proud.



Thumbs up to the volunteers who are working on a memorial near Waynesboro, Pa., to those who lost their lives on Sept. 11. The proposed memorial will include artifacts from the three sites of the terrorist attacks in 2001, and will serve as a solemn reminder of what happened that day.



Thumbs up to Drs. Fred and Rebecca Bye and staff at The Bye Center in Hagerstown who offered free dental care for about 130 people last Saturday. The Byes hosted the event with the help of 40 other volunteers and four other area dentists. This Dentistry from the Heart effort was an amazing show of generosity and kindness from all involved.



Thumbs up to the Tuscarora School District in Mercersburg, Pa., which is offering free computer classes to the community over the next several weeks. What a great concept: School districts that are funded by the public sharing their resources and knowledge with the public. Maybe this will be contagious.



Thumbs up to the Tri-State’s recent string of idol-like performances. First, a major shout-out to Martinsburg, W.Va., teen Christian Lopez who made it to Hollywood Week on Fox TV’s “American Idol.” Next, a hats off to Jack Koch, 80, the “courthouse crooner,” who won the Washington County Senior Idol competition. Finally, a thumbs up goes to the 60 talented performers who gave it their all at the Washington County Teen Idol tryouts recently. We can’t wait to hear from the 20 semifinalists on March 24 at The Maryland Theatre.

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