Cheers to the city of Monongahela, awash in red, white and blue for its 250th birthday celebration. The festivities kicked off Thursday at Chess Park with a veterans tribute and the opening of a time capsule that was buried 50 years ago. Additional activities are scheduled throughout the weekend, including a Saturday parade at 11 a.m. on the city’s Main Street. It’s certainly nice to see so many people participating in the event, showing pride in their hometown.

Cheers to Harison Laskey, Dave Jamison and Adena Rugola for winning golf championships on Sunday. Laskey successfully defended his Fayette County Open title, winning for the third time in four years. Jamison, in his first year of eligibility, won the seniors crown at the Fayette County Open, and Rugola rallied in the final round to take the Summer College Prep Series on Penn State’s White course in the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour.

Cheers to the Greene County Fairgrounds in Waynesburg for kicking off yet another county fair on Aug. 4. Festivities will conclude on Aug. 10 with truck pulls at 7 p.m. In the meantime guests can enjoy carnival rides, games, food and informational booths. The Greene County Fair takes place annually, during the first week in August. This year’s theme, “Fairs, Feature, Agriculture,” offers two new attractions: free mechanical bull riding every night at 5 p.m. and a stunt show on Wednesday at 8 p.m., said fair board secretary-treasurer Debbie Stephenson.

Cheers to Penn State Fayette, the Eberly Campus, for programming held this summer that offered unique learning experiences for area children of all ages. The Summer Youth program provides students the chance to explore subjects they may not otherwise get to experience. This year’s program offered hands-on learning in subjects from video games to STEM fields to law enforcement courses. The hope for the program is to expose youths to as many career opportunities as possible to help them make better decisions and open their eyes to the possibilities of their future. It’s nice to see our area institutions investing in our local youth.

Jeers to Uniontown Mayor Ed Fike, who violated the state Ethics Act when he used his authority to participate in council discussions and votes to appoint himself as mayor and hire his daughter as city clerk. After serving two terms as mayor in the past, Fike should’ve known better. Actions like his not only shake public trust, but may also dampen interest from potential candidates for public office who feel like the deck is stacked against them when such clear conflicts of interest occur. Fike, who donates his $3,000 yearly mayoral salary to community organizations, paid nearly that much to the commission for the violations and said he’s ready to move forward. We hope other elected officials were paying attention and will avoid similar conflicts.

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