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Thumbs up to Lori Norris for coordinating the fourth-annual Crushing Chiari Awareness Event and Car Show. It returns to the New Castle Armory from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Since its founding, the organization has raised about $10,000 with the money going to families needing assistance due to a loved one having the Chiari Malformations (CMs) disorder.

Thumbs up to Roxie Dalton and those in Greensboro who faithfully provide community support for the annual health fair, now in its 18th year. This year’s event is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 in the Greensboro Community Building.

Thumbs up to federal lawmakers and philanthropists in Washington, D.C., for creating Opportunity Zones like the one in New Castle. These areas have the potential to change local lives while allowing private investors a legal way to avoid paying exorbitant federal income taxes. O-Zones are tax shelters in the Midwest rather than the Cayman Islands.

Thumbs up to school counselors like Parker’s Brooke Slagle who are looking for new ways to increase and encourage parent involvement.

Thumbs up to local restaurants for adopting the GrubHub delivery service. More accessible service will hopefully result in more job opportunities for more local residents.

Thumbs up to all the folks at New Castle-Henry County Public Library for the planning they put into this year’s “Henry County Reads” events. Kick-off is 1-3 p.m. Sept. 14 at the library auditorium where everyone can pick up a copy of “Frankenstein” for free!

Thumbs up to the New Castle Parks Board for thinking outside of the box when it comes to the problem of lifeguards for the Aquatics Center at Baker Park. We urge the Henry County Community Foundation to give serious consideration for the board’s unique grant request for lifeguard certification. It was indeed, a shame for the pool not be open through Labor Day because there were no lifeguards available. We understand the foundation’s standard of funding “tangible assets.” But what could fit that description more than our youth?

Thumbs up to all the creative people who are sharing their talents during the 53rd annual Art Association of Henry County Fall Members Show. We had a chance to preview the event, which begins Saturday and runs through Oct. 20. It is a veritable smorgasbord for the eyes – and the spirit. We left with two thoughts. Henry County is fortunate to have such talented people in its midst. Henry County is also fortunate to have an outstanding art association and great venue like the Henry County Art Center.

Thumbs up to the New Castle High School boys soccer team for winning the Hoosier Cup in Bloomington Saturday, Sept. 1 and outscoring its three opponents 17-3.

Thumbs up to the New Castle High School volleyball team for finishing 3-1 in the Avon Invitational Sept. 1, defeating three quality Class 4A opponents from Indiana.

Thumbs up to the Hagerstown High School football team for being 3-0 and ranked No. 9 in this week’s Class A poll and to the Shenandoah High School football team for outscoring its last two opponents 103-17 and being ranked No. 10 in this week’s Class 2A poll.