Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the workers whose jobs kept them outside during the brutally cold temperatures of this past Monday and Tuesday.

DOWN: To Robert L. Burdette, 61, Belleville, who on Friday was charged with the theft of several items from the Veterans Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley. Police received several tips from the public that led police to Burdette’s identity. The items – a World War I-era bayonet, a World War II-era chaplain’s cap and a World War II-era airborne military patch from the Veterans Museum on Seventh Street – will soon be back at the museum. Burdette was arraigned and taken before Magistrate Joe Kuhl. He was released on $1,000 bond. If convicted Burdette faces up to one year in jail and a fine not to exceed $2,500.

UP: To the Tower of Power Engineering Day, sponsored and organized by Pickering Associates, for students at Hamilton Middle School. Pickering, one of Hamilton’s Partners in Education, sponsored the event as an opportunity to show students the varied careers and aspects of architecture and engineering. Congratulations to Pickering for putting on this event to help spur students’ interests in science careers.

UP: To the Payless Shoe store and Community Resources for helping to provide 25 pairs of shoes and boots to needy children in the area. Each year Payless Gives, a program of Payless ShoeSource, awards grants to organizations across the country where they have stores to provide shoes to needy children. The shoes were distributed Thursday at the Payless Shoe Store in the Grand Central Mall.