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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down - June 23

June 23, 2012

Thumbs up to the organizers of a reunion this week for a few dozen of “The Ritchie Boys” at the former U.S. Army base in Cascade. The men, German Jews who fled to the United States before World War II, are now in their late 80s and early 90s, and were a key part of the U.S. war effort.

Thumbs up to the six people who comprise the Washington County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012. Clayton Anders, Harold “Ted” Brumbaugh, Jim Hutson, Jimi Massey, Richard “Rick” Schultz and Joe Tischer will be honored during a banquet in late July for their contributions to county athletics.

Thumbs up to Daniel DeDona, a Waynesboro, Pa., pilot who volunteers to fly people to medical appointments at hospitals hundreds of miles from their homes through the nonproft organization Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic. DeDona, who was so honored twice before, was recognized Monday as Pennsylvania Pilot of the Year.

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