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Editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down for Sept. 4

Thumbs up: Amber Ramirez is the winning artist in this year's promotional poster contest for the Maryland Wine Festival. The 25-year-old Westminster resident, a full-time artist and part-time barista at Birdie's Cafe, will receive a $1,000 cash prize for the design, which will be featured on posters, T-shirts, brochures and various other promotional materials for The 2015 Maryland Wine Festival. Ramirez said she used Prismacolor pencils on white stock paper for the design, which was inspired by tattoos. The design incorporates crabs, the Maryland flag, the state flower and, of course, wine.

Thumbs down: Carroll County's sports landscape lost a recognizable and devoted figure earlier this week when Ed Powelson passed away at age 77 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Powelson coached boys soccer at North Carroll for more than 30 years and finished his coaching career with 274 wins — the most in state history for a public school coach when he retired in 1995 — to go with 46 combined county, conference and regional championships. He was inducted into the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame in 2001, and six years ago, the stadium field at North Carroll was named after him.

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Thumbs up: Three Carroll County residents received more than $10,000 combined for their prize livestock at the Maryland State Fair's 4-H/FFA livestock sale Aug. 29. Audrey Bennett, of Union Bridge, sold her 105-pound grand champion market goat to South Mountain Creamery in Frederick for $800. Casey Bounds, of Taneytown, sold her 127-pound grand champion market lamb to the Giant Food store in Timonium for $2,095.50 ($16.50 per pound). Tate Bittner, of Westminster, sold his 1,318-pound grand champion market steer to Giant Food for $8,567 ($6.50 per pound).

Thumbs up: Westminster's first Little Free Library, one of more than 30,000 such tiny libraries across the world, officially opened Friday night at St. Paul's United Church of Christ on Green Street. What looks like a large burgundy birdhouse is actually a bookshelf with a large class pane in the door to show off the books on the shelves within. People can stop by, read a book and put it back; stock it with books they are no longer reading; or take a book home and treasure it forever. The Carroll County Public Library stocked the Little Free Library initially with a surplus of books no longer in circulation that were not selling a book sales.

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