Every Saturday the Times-News editorial page features this Hits and Misses column. It is a look at the positive and negative news or events over the past week.

• OUR DRINK BEER MADE HERE AWARD goes to Robert Dettinburn, a city resident and 1998 graduate of Fort Hill High School, who plans to open the Dig Deep Brewery next March in the renovated Footer Dye Works building. He said it will employ 10 to 15 people at its startup. A companion HIT for Footer project developer Mike Joy, who has wanted to locate a brewery in the building since he began renovating it in 1995.

 • A BELATED HIT for the late Judge James S. Getty, who died Nov. 11 at age 96 and was proud of his Lonaconing roots and friendship with Hall of Fame pitcher Lefty Grove. While serving in the U.S. Army in World War II, he met British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. He served the citizens of Allegany County and the state of Maryland for nearly 60 years, first as county assistant state’s attorney and then as state’s attorney, Circuit Court judge and judge on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals — remaining active on that body until age 90, the oldest judge ever to do so. He was widely admired and respected.

 • OUR J.P. SOUZA MEMORIAL AWARD goes to retired Keyser High School band director Richard Frush, who was inducted into the West Virginia Band Directors Hall of Fame. He was director of the KHS bands for 33 years and retired in 2005.

• OUR MATTHEW 25:31 AWARD goes to the local Salvation Army, which on Nov. 19 will hold its third annual community Thanksgiving dinner that served 1,281 people. The Salvation Army never takes a day off and serves the community in more ways than we can describe here. This is the embodiment of Matthew 25:31, which says “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” The same verse also applies to Cumberland’s Union Rescue Mission.

• A HAIL AND FAREWELL for the Allegany High School class of 1952, which met for its final reunion. Fifty classmates and guests attended.

• A HIT for the Grantsville Lions Club, which recently observed its 56th anniversary.

• A HIT for the Eastern Garrett County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department and Ladies Auxiliary, which recently celebrated 50 years of service to the community.

• A HIT for Bill and Cathy Webb, owners of a 55-acre farm near Oldtown, this year’s winners of the Allegany County Farm Bureau’s Service to Agriculture Award. 

• THE COOLEST THING WE’VE SEEN LATELY is a video of Nitro, a 2-year-old Dutch shepherd dog who is the Gulf Shores (Alabama) Police Department’s police dog, who is shown on a department video doing pushups with two uniformed officers while “Eye of the Tiger” plays in the background. 

• A SOMETHING ABOUT THIS JUST DOESN’T SMELL RIGHT for the 16 firefighters who went to a house in Hamburg, Germany, where a strong, burning smell from a possible fire was reported. They found the scent was coming from an incense therapy for pregnant women in a neighboring gynecological clinic. One firefighter said, “Who knows? Maybe one or two of the kids will later join the fire department.”

• A LOOK WHAT SANTA BROUGHT (it was either that or “They’re not letting the grass grow under their feet”) for the more than 40 marijuana dispensaries in the Las Vegas area that offered Black Friday discounts on marijuana products, including flowers and chocolates. State Sen. Tick Segerblom, who helped legalize recreational marijuana in the state, said “It’s a great stocking stuffer ... as long as no kids can get to it. It’s for adults only.” And the Jolly Old Elf probably will get nothing more than milk and cookies in return. 

• OUR DOLT OF THE WEEK is the Florida man who said he was frustrated because law enforcement wouldn’t crack down on motorists who ran a stop sign at a certain intersection, so he decided to draw attention to the problem by running the stop sign himself and causing an accident. Neither the driver of the other car nor sheriff’s deputies were sympathetic. The man has been charged with aggravated battery and reckless driving.

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