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Thumbs up: to Pat Summan for her endless hours of research and development on the now-delivered Fayette County Bicentennial History Book. The goal was to capture Fayette County history in a way not done before. Mission accomplished, outstanding job Pat! Thumbs up to our own local Commercial Printing Co. for publishing the book. Isn’t it great to see something of this quality done locally instead of out of town. Thumbs up to photographer Kate Thurston for providing the pictures for the book. They are stunningly beautiful. Thank you Kate!

Mike and Jenny Sparks

Thumbs up: to the professionals who are working to re-establish Fayette County’s needle exchange program, which was disrupted when Fayette Regional Health System was sold. It provides a needed public service by helping prevent the spread of hepatitis C and AIDS. It will be renamed the Fayette County Harm Reduction Program to more accurately reflect its purpose.

Thumbs up: to Bruce Rea. He may not consider his sculptures to be art, however, the many passersby of his beautiful home located across from the library beg to differ. Wish we could knock down some more dilapidated buildings and turn them into side yards filled with this man’s sculptures.

Thumbs up: to volunteers who work hard to bring forth the Columbia Chicken Dinner on Saturday. Good food for a good cause.

Thumbs up: For the Senior Fall Festival next Wednesday at Dunlapsville. LifeStream continues to impress us by providing opportunities and events for seniors.

Thumbs down: Indiana’s failure to master standardized testing. The apparent embarrassing failure of the ILEARN test statewide gets an F for the legislators who continue meddling in public education, a field where they apparently can’t come to a consensus on how to hold schools accountable.

Thumbs up: to the Buck family farm for hosting the 38th annual Harvest Teen Rally today. This is a positive and uplifting event for our youth.

Thumbs up: to Ryleigh Loper for making such a difference in the community by helping the Fayette County Animal Shelter by organizing a Dog Walk on Saturday. A high school student, her involvement sets a great example for adults.

Thumbs up: to Rich Young and Rodfathers Car Club for putting on an awesome car show and having the Van Dells here last weekend. It was a great turnout.

Thumbs up: to the Mat Weaving for the Homeless group, which is taking plastic bags and weaving them to give those less fortunate more comfort while sitting and sleeping.