A CHEER ... to the candidates in Ontario County who, in the days after the election night results were announced, made a point of getting out and taking their political lawn signs down. Some, like Canandaigua supervisor candidate Sam Casella, went out the next morning. "Win, lose, or draw," he said. Of course, a JEER ... goes to those whose signs are still flapping in the November wind.
A CHEER ... to this appropriate way to honor a victim of a crash involving an impaired driver. The Ontario County Sheriff's Office and Canandaigua Police Department on Nov. 2 conducted a DWI sobriety checkpoint in memory of Lindsay Kyle, who was killed in Rochester in 2003. The impaired driver slammed into her vehicle, which was stopped at a red light, at a speed of more than 100 mph. Her mother, Sarah Palermo, speaks regularly to offenders convicted of impaired driving in hopes they don't do this again. Thirty-three vehicles were stopped and several arrests made. And hopefully, checkpoints such as this get people to think before they drink or at least get motorists off the road who may cause another tragedy by drinking and driving.
A CHEER ... to the hundreds of students and staff at Victor Intermediate School who participated in the 14th annual Community Read program. The goal of the program is to obviously get more people reading, but also to create a sense of community through this shared experience. The selection this year was "The Great Treehouse War," the author of which, Lisa Graf, will be visiting the school on Wednesday. Talk about a storybook ending!
A CHEER ... to the Ontario County Public Defender's Office and the message they sent to parents this week after a 17-year-old former Canandaigua Academy student was sentenced to five years probation for pulling a school fire alarm. Mollie Dapolito says her client was facing up to seven years in prison because it is considered a violent felony offense: "There's nothing above fire alarms warning people that if they pull this they could be found guilty of a class D felony offense and face up to seven years in state prison. It's something parents want to talk to their kids about so that their kids don't end up in the same situation as this young man."
A CHEER ... to the words of a mother of one of this week's mass shooting victims. Telemachus Orfanos, 27, was one of 12 killed inside a dance hall in California this week. Orfanos was a survivor of last year's massacre in Las Vegas. His mother, Susan Schmidt-Orfanos, screamed a bold statement to the press: "I don't want prayers, I don't want thoughts. I want those bastards in Congress — they need to pass gun control so no one else has a child that doesn't come home."