A CHEER ... to UR Medicine Thompson Hospital for its most recent recognition of excellence. Thompson received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With the Guidlines - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achivement Award. The award recognizes the commitment on the part of the hospital — a New York state-designated Stroke Center — to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. As stroke is the No. 5 cause of death in the United States, according to the AHA/ASA, knowing that such expertise and commitment is available locally is comforting.

A JEER ... to the Tom Reed campaign for attacking Democrats following a lively five-way primary with results too close to call in the 23rd Congressional District. A statement from the Reed campaign threw out a number of clichés ("Extreme Ithaca Liberal") and attacked voters for not making a "definite selection" among other blasts. Incumbent Republican congressman Reed talks a lot about working in a bipartisan manner — but it seems his campaign staff never got the memo.

A CHEER ... and hats off — or, rather, on — to Rachel Hogan, soon to be a Canandaigua Academy freshman, whose paper hats brought smiles to many faces during her eighth-grade year at the middle school spreading encouraging, creative and funny messages, particularly to health teacher Jamie Glover who also deserves a cheer for planning to carry on the new tradition with the hundreds of blank hats Hogan left behind.

A CHEER ... to Paul Forti, a city of Canandaigua streets employee, who saved 10 baby ducks on Charlotte Street. He is a hero to all of us. Thanks again, Paul; you're walking tall with all of us. Feel proud! Submitted by Bob Palmanteer of Canandaigua.

A CHEER ... to Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, which in a recent study was ranked the top institution in New York when it comes to its graduates finding employment. The study by Zippia, a California-based career search and employment services company, also found HWS to be fifrh in the nation. Zippia considered job placement ratings in each state and noted HWS's rate of students in careers (looking 10 years out after graduation) was 95.45 percent.

A CHEER ... to members of the Canandaigua Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, who constructed a community butterfly garden at Lagoon Park in Canandaigua. They planted milkweed, golden Alexander, bee balm, yucca plants, a butterfly bush and more at a site selected in corrdination with Canandaigua Mayor Ellen Polimeni and approved by City Council.

A CHEER ... to the Victor Blue Devils — all of them. The Victor school district's athletic program was honored by the New York State Sportswriters Association with the 10th annual Kerr Cup, awarded to what the association determines to be the most accomplished school athletic program for the year. Victor is the first program in Section V to win the award, based on appearances and advancement in New York State Public High School Public High School Athletic Association state tournament games. And no wonder: This season saw Victor claiming state titles in hockey, cheerleading and softball, plus the boys lacrosse team was in the state championship game and the baseball and girls volleyball team were state semifinalists.