A CHEER ... to Rushville residents who turned out in droves to cast their vote on whether to dissolve the village. The need to vote was one thing residents on both sides of the heated issue agreed on. Rushville's 67 percent turnout far exceeded the 55 percent voter turnout (a record low, according to CNN) in the 2016 presidential election. Seems folks in Rushville really do care about their village.

A CHEER ... to all who helped the family of Cheyanne Brant, who died June 22 after a six-month battle with a terrible disease, diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG. Many people offered donations to help the 7-year-old Canandaigua first-grader and her family. Many, many more offered support and prayers during the girl's ordeal.

A CHEER ... to last week’s town-hall meeting at the Canandaigua Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Veterans and their family met with VA staff members to talk about things ranging from mental health issues to VA benefits. Fifteen tables and a display were set up to answer questions. Some of the discussion turned to what’s happening with the site on Fort Hill Avenue and its sister center, the Rochester VA outpatient Clinic, which is still about six months away from a groundbreaking. Vets said they appreciated meeting face to face with representatives.

A JEER … to the normalizing of infantile behavior by public officials who should know better. For instance, the defense by White House spokespeople of President Trump’s practice of using social media to make petty, semi-coherent, personal attacks on people. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated, “The American people elected a fighter; they didn’t elect somebody to sit back and do nothing.” A true enough statement — but those who voted for Trump elected him to fight for THEM, not to wage personal wars on a public forum. Political spokespeople such as Huckabee Sanders too often have the thankless job of defending the indefensible — work they shouldn’t have to do in the first place if the indefensible weren’t all too common.

A CHEER ... to new craft breweries. We’ve followed the craft beer movement for years now, and it just keeps flowing. This week, Young Lion Brewery on Canandaigua Lake opened its doors. Not only is the business good for tourism, it’s also good for the locals. Who doesn’t want to try a brand-new artisan beverage in an inviting social atmosphere? It gives new meaning to the well-known Field of Dreams mantra: If you brew it, they will come.

A CHEER … to now-retired Canandaigua City Schools Superintendent Lynne Erdle for a job well done, beginning as a special education teacher 39 years ago, improving how all students are taught and upholding the district's standard of excellence in her five years as top executive. We wish her the best in future endeavors and welcome Jamie Farr, her replacement, former superintendent of the Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District.