A CHEER ... to Adrienne Porter, a Bloomfield High School senior, for winning a national essay contest, writing about a service project she and fellow International Baccalaureate students participated in in Cuba last year, a trip that changed Porter's life and set her on a path to continue international studies. Her prize will help fund another service project trip — this one to help Haitian refugees in the Dominican Republic.

A CHEER ... to St. Mary's School and Church for hosting a moving tribute this week to honor current and past servicemen and women, victims of 9/11 and all first responders. More than 100 flags, each dedicated to someone who served, were flown on the lawn for four days in a patriotic display, also designed to remind students to appreciate those who have done so much for them and to think of ways they can help others and their communities.

A CHEER, as well … to all of the parents who brought their children out for 9/11 and Patriot Day observances on Sept. 11. Many of the kids are too young to remember or were not even born yet when terrorists attacked the nation. Their parents understand that one way to learn history is to remember it. And this is one event that should never be forgotten.

A JEER ... to Ontario County landfill manager Casella Waste Systems and landfill owner Ontario County for not taking swift action to address ongoing problems with soil erosion at the landfill. Inspection reports had noted ongoing problems, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. But now, in an act of crisis management, Casella and the county are faced with violations that need a quick fix.

A CHEER ... to Canandaigua Supervisor Greg Westbrook, who will now be available on Saturdays at Town Hall, beginning Sept. 16. Saturday office hours will help working Canandaigua residents have a voice. Westbrook will be holding office hours the first and third Saturday of each month, from 8-11 a.m. at Town Hall until Dec. 16. Town Hall is located at 5440 Route 5 and 20 West. Visitors can stop in and speak with Westbrook, who also can be reached by email at gwestbrook@townofcanandaigua.org.

A CHEER ... to the Fringe Festival! This is Rochester’s sixth annual KeyBank event. The number of attendees has more than doubled since it started, exceeding expectations with 68,000 visitors last year. Organizers are expecting to top that this year with over 25 different venues hosting more than 500 performances and events. The festival — upstate New York’s version of Coachella — is going on through Sept. 23. To buy tickets, go online at http://rochesterfringe.com/tickets-and-shows to find a show and click on a showtime to purchase; call 585-957-9837, go to the Box Office or visit http://rochesterfringe.com for more information.

A CHEER … to the Community Reading Partnership, which again has presented a new book to each new kindergartner entering the Canandaigua Primary School this fall as well as to those enrolling in St. Mary’s School. The partnership’s Welcome to Kindergarten initiative began in 1999, a year after the all-volunteer organization was formed in 1998 as an outgrowth of a literacy improvement initiative in the Canandaigua City School District to promote family reading practices. Other literacy initiatives deserving cheers include Books for Babies, which gives every newborn at Thompson Hospital a new book, and Prescription to Read, in which children receive a new book during the 12-month well-baby visit at the Canandaigua Medical Group.