Jeers to allegations that the Central Greene School District changed the insurance plan for 23 retirees and their spouses without notifying them in advance, according to a lawsuit filed earlier this month. Those impacted contended new plans provide fewer benefits than they were guaranteed by contract at retirement. The retirees allege they’re now faced with higher co-pays and deductibles, limits on networks and doctors and uncovered medications. The suit says the school board voted on the change in May, but did not tell retirees until after the change was made, denying them the right to object.

Cheers to Commonwealth Court Judge Ellen Ceisler for ruling that state results for Marsy’s Law won’t be tallied or certified until the courts rule on a challenge to the constitutional amendment. The amendment adds a set of victims’ rights to the state constitution, and she found that an approval would have immediate, and in some cases, irreversible consequences, to the rights of those accused of committing crimes. Earlier this month, the League of Women Voters challenged whether the ballot question violated the single-subject rule for amendments. Waiting for the court process to play out is a wise move, and avoids the litany of legal challenges likely to follow should voters approve it. It is, however, a shame that the challenge was filed at such a late date instead of seeking court intervention earlier in the process.

Cheers to the folks who organized such wonderful Halloween parades this year. Parades in Connellsville and Uniontown this week were well attended and served as excellent examples of community spirit. It is so nice to see so many people coming together in their hometowns for some fun. We know that it takes a lot of time and funding to put such an event on, so we are very fortunate to have so many good people working hard to provide activities like the parades to our residents of Fayette County. A big thank you to the folks at the Chamber as well as fire and police departments, parade participants, and every one else who helped.

Cheers to the Yough girls soccer team for advancing to the WPIAL Class AA Championship. The Lady Cougars shut out top-seeded Freeport, 3-0, in the semifinals and will face North Catholic on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Highmark Stadium in the title match.

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