Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Veterans Day on Monday. While veterans should be acknowledged and honored every day for their service and sacrifice, Veterans Day is a way for everyone to say thank you.

UP: To Steve Marsh and Mary Ann McClain who after three years building a houseboat are ready to take it down the Ohio River on its maiden voyage. The couple’s project began in 2008, in Port Royal, Va., and finished it here. The boat, the Turtleback, will be launched on Monday. The couple has no definite destination in mind, but will be heading for the Tennessee River.

UP: To the Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund which approved $326,800 in fall grants to groups helping people in need. The fund has for many years provided these grants that have helped area agencies do their valuable work.

UP: To the U.S. Postal Service for issuing a set of stamps honoring Medal of Honor winners and including West Virginia resident Hershel “Woody” Williams, a Marine Corps veteran of World War II who received the medal for gallantry on Iwo Jima, on the commemorative stamp sheet. The stamps will be issued on Monday, Veterans Day. A ceremony will be held 9 a.m. Monday at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

UP: To St. Mary Catholic Church in Marietta for its designation as a minor basilica, one of only 76 throughout the U.S. The Inaugural Mass for the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption was held this past Tuesday. A minor basilica is an honorific title bestowed by the pope on certain Catholic churches that are considered to be a religious center of notable importance.