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First Posted: 9/4/2009

To Dale Watson on being named this week as the new city police chief, filling the position of retiring Chief Roger McCreary.
Watson has been a member of the local police for a dozen years, and will no doubt bring his own touch and priorities to the job, and he espoused a commitment to public service during a ceremony last week in which his appointment was announced.
McCreary has done much to make the police department an integral part of the community in his time at the helm, and we are sure Watson will continue that legacy.
To the Mount Airy Public Library for introducing its new Wii play day every week.
This demonstrates, as many of the library programs do, that institutions commitment to staying relevant and offering the services members of the community want to see.
In a time of economic struggle for many, it is important for local libraries to offer activities and programs many folks in the community might not otherwise be able to experience.
To the staff at Westfield Elementary School, which had a hot air balloon there this week as part of its reading program kick-off.
The balloon was a huge hit with the students there, and raises a certain level of enthusiasm among the students about the reading program.
This is just one of many, many examples of how local educators are willing to go the extra mile to make learning fun, and exciting, and shows again why area schools are consistently among the top in the state.

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