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Thumbs down: to whoever vandalized the playground at Frazee Center with racial slurs and swastikas last weekend. There is no place for that in this (or any) community.

Thumbs up: to the Connersville Parks Department employees who cleaned up the Frazee Center playground on the weekend so that the vandalism would not be seen.

Thumbs up: to the organizers of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Club meet here this weekend. Guests to Connersville learned about the rich automotive history of the community as well as about the area’s many cultural offerings.

Thumbs up: to the Fayette County School Corporation in hosting the Special Olympics on Wednesday. Giving these individuals their own moment to shine is a terrific thing. A big thank you to not only the coordinators, but to everyone who volunteered – including several students – to help make this great event happen.

Thumbs up: to the CHS students who were inducted into the French Honor Society. All of them spent late nights studying and doing homework and it paid off.

Thumbs up: to the Salvation Army offering disaster training here in Connersville. Preparedness is the biggest way to mitigate damage from any disaster. A small corps of trained volunteers can step in and help guide people through the challenges as well as needed recovery.

Thumbs up: to Connersville Mirror Works, 319 E. 9th St., and owner Rick Lemen and family, who celebrated the 125th anniversary of the local business on Friday. Most new businesses don’t survive 10 years and, as Lemen said, staying in business requires constant adapting to changing conditions.

Thumbs up: to local motorists who are buckling their safety belts more than ever before. Connersville Police Dept. reports that an eyeball survey last month of local drivers showed 81 percent buckled into their seats, compared to 73 percent in April 2018. There’s still room for improvement, as the statewide rate is 93.4 percent buckled in.

Thumbs up: to the Fayette Garden Club and to the Master Gardeners for putting new red, white and blue flowers in 17 downtown planters and in the planters on the courthouse lawn. We join with them in hoping downtown businesses will keep them watered all summer: It takes about 4 gallons of water two times a week to keep the plants alive in one planter.