Thumbs up to the organizers and participants in the recent Battle of Antietam Re-enactment in Fairplay and the 150th anniversary activities at Antietam National Battlefield. Many months of planning culminated in several days of battles, demonstrations, exhibits and speeches that gave us a glimpse of an important time in our nation’s history.
Thumbs up to the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals, who have made professional baseball in late September matter to local fans for the first time in years. The Nationals are solidly in first place in the National League East, and the Orioles are in a first-place battle in the American League East with the New York Yankees and currently hold one of the two wild-card spots in the American League.
Thumbs down to a Western Pennsylvania couple who sold a neighbor’s lost Rottweiler puppy for $50 rather than return it to its owner. The couple, who returned the neighbor’s other missing dog, initially told police the puppy had run away when they, in fact, had sold the dog to a Pittsburgh woman through Craigslist.