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Thumbs up: for the beautiful displayed Christmas lights on the downtown trees! This year has made downtown look like a winter scene! Great job by Discover Connersville and the City of Connersville. We sure enjoyed it! – Rita Schoenfeld & Rebecca Cummins

Thumbs up: to Ernie Isaacs for wanting to share his love of table tennis with old friends and new generations. Having played since boyhood, he’s giving weekly lessons at the Lynch Athletic Club for beginners and those who just want to get back into a fun activity. For information, contact Ernie at 765-265-5542 or eb1953@frontier.com. The Lynch Athletic Club is the former Boys and Girls Club at 9th and Central.

Thumbs up: to the Fayette County Council and Fayette County Board of Commissioners for making it clear that public participation is welcome at their meetings. Leaders of both groups said in their meetings this week that there will be a place on their agendas for public concerns. They asked people who wish to be on the agenda to contact the county auditor a few days before the meeting so that they could be ready to respond. There has been some question about whether the public would be allowed to speak at meetings; this should set the record straight. Contact the auditor at 765-825-8987 or auditor@co.fayette.in.us or at the courthouse.

Thumbs up: to State Sen. Jean Leising for asking for a meeting with Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb about the condition of Fayette Regional Health System and overall health concerns in east central Indiana. She correctly points out that the state ranks low in maternal health indicators; the local hospital is the latest to close its birthing center. We’ll be waiting to hear outcomes from the meeting.

Thumbs up: to Richard Stanley for serving 20 years as chief of the Bentonville Volunteer Fire Department and 45 years as a firefighter, receiving calls in the middle of the night to respond to calls in the rain, cold and hot conditions. Chad Ripberger will serve as the new chief.