Cheers to our state legislation for the forward-thinking bill that will now allow area school districts to opt into providing flexible instruction days in cases when school is canceled or closed. Over the summer, Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill, which was co-sponsored by state Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R- Carroll Township, and will allow students to complete instruction online for the day, rather than having to miss a day, which will need to be made up later in the school year. Just this week, officials in Uniontown Area School District began the process of being approved for the program. We are sure that once the kinks are worked out of the tedious logistics of getting flexible instruction days into place, it will be a benefit to all.

Cheers to Center Township supervisors who, on August 13, signed and adopted an updated Young Lungs at Play policy, which now includes vaping/e-cigarettes. Young Lungs at Play is a statewide initiative with the goal of eliminating children’s exposure to secondhand smoke in parks, playgrounds and recreation centers. The policy bans any product containing, made or derived from tobacco or nicotine form these public spaces. Over three-quarters (77.2%) of children under the age of 15 in Pennsylvania live in municipalities or counties participating in Young Lungs at Play and, since it was implemented in 2010, over 2,000 spaces across the state have joined the Young Lungs at Play cause.

Cheers to Mark John and the Fayette County Coaches Association for organizing and hosting girls volleyball and boys and girls soccer tournaments at Uniontown, Connellsville and Laurel Highlands, and to Laurel Highlands for winning the volleyball tournament with a 25-16 victory over defending champion Connellsville.

Cheers to see local, state and federal authorities filing charges against those who sell drugs that lead to fatal overdoses with increased frequency. This week, the Drug Enforcement Agency charged a man in the death of Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller, contending he sold Miller the counterfeit opioid pills on which he overdosed. Locally, too, we have seen more charges filed that hold those who provide drugs accountable for overdose deaths. It’s a sad but necessary measure as so many across the state and country battle addiction. Hopefully the fear of potentially spending years behind bars will make those who provide poison think twice.

Cheers to the Albert Gallatin football team for snapping its 11-game losing streak with a 41-20 home victory over Carrick last Friday night. The football program controversially dropped out of the WPIAL after the 2018 season and is playing this year as an independent team under second-year coach and AG graduate Drew Dendl. Malik Kirby rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns to spark the Colonials.

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