A CHEER ... to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's plan to address the phosphorous issue in Honeoye Lake. It's one of 12 lakes statewide that's been made a priority for the issue, phosphorous being the primary driver behind the presence of weeds and algae that can harm people and animals. Correcting this issue not only reduces that harm, but will help ensure proper drinking water and could go a long way in helping to restore recreation and tourism that can boost the local economy.
A CHEER ... to the Stop the Bleed national awareness campaign and call to action, which Ontario County is answering. Stop the Bleed encourages bystanders to be trained to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. A person with severe bleeding can die from blood loss within 5 minutes. Those nearest the injured person are best positioned to provide initial care. Through the help of a grant, the county has purchased Stop the Bleed kits that are being installed in county buildings. More than 80 people have already been trained.
A CHEER ... to the Canandaigua area and the region overall for generally weathering last weekend's heavy snowfall none the worse for wear, with few incidents. The City of Canandaigua, for instance, only had one weather-related first responder's call, to an accident. City Police Chief Stephen Hedworth credits advanced storm warnings and general preparedness, including residents taking the warnings seriously and staying off the roadways. While we're used to handling snowstorms here in upstate New York, we should always be conscious of the dangers they pose, no matter how experienced we may be — and, last weekend, people were smart.
A CHEER ... to the longtime New York Yankees relief pitcher Manuel Rivera, who Tuesday became Major League Baseball's first unanimous Hall of Fame selection. That's right, the first ever: Not even such diamond legends as Ken Griffey Jr., Nolan Ryan, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays or the Sultan of Swat himself, Babe Ruth, claimed all the ballots. (Griffey came closest in 2016, with 99.32 percent.) Known as "Mo" and "Sandman," Rivers helped the Yankees win five World Series over 19 seasons, particularly shining in the postseason. Rivera is also one of those rarieties these days, a player who spent his entire career (1995-2013) with one team, the Yanks. Mo's accomplishments should make even Red Sox and Rays fans tip their caps.
A CHEER ... to Doug Schmitt, a longtime Victor teacher who with wife Shari Schmitt led his third annual online Good Life Challenge for more then 3,250 Finger Lakes residents, encouraging them to eat a whole-food, plant-based diet for 10 days — and perhaps be inspired to keep that lifestyle change going. It did wonders for Schmitt, 62, who retooled his diet and lifestyle after a severe heart attack and further heart scares around a dozen years ago — and these days says he's "bouncing out of bed" and took up running "just because I had so much energy I couldn't sleep at night." Further cheers to all residents who made the effort to better their health.