Thumbs up to the cities of Saco and Biddeford for collaborating for the construction of the RiverWalk bridge. Governor Paul LePage noted at a celebration Saturday the accomplishments cities can make when they work together and think outside the box.

Thumbs up to the firefighters who on Wednesday morning prevented a garage fire on South Street in Biddeford from spreading to the attached house. Firefighters from several departments responded to the blaze at about 10:30 a.m., where they found the garage fully involved, and were able to control it by about 11 a.m. Although the garage was a total loss, the house sustained only smoke damage, and the family who lives there will eventually be able to move back in.

Thumbs down to the summer residents who appeared before the Ogunquit Select Board and requested that their private roads be plowed by the town staff. While this is certainly a complex issue that involves legal and insurance liabilities for the town, the bottom line is that the town must prioritize their resources each winter, and summer residents should not expect their roads to be plowed at town expense if they are on a private road with limited public access.

Thumbs up to the new rule in Maine high school football this year that has instituted a “running clock” if a team is leading by 35 or more points in the second half. The new rule, put in place by the Maine Principals’ Association, has helped shorten games that turn into blowouts, which can lead to unnecessary injuries for both teams. Local teams have been a part of eight games that have used a running clock in the second half.

Thumbs up to LifeFlight of Maine, the LifeFlight Foundation and those who have contributed for stepping up to meet the need for a third helicopter in the fleet. LifeFlight, with a trained medical crew, can provide care to those severely injured or ill and speedily get them to a hospital able to deal with their needs. The new helicopter is to be based in York County, according to LifeFlight officials, and although the helicopter will fly wherever it is needed in Maine or the border towns in New Hampshire, it will do its share in southern Maine as well. LifeFlight maintains medical helicopters in Bangor and Lewiston and a fixed wing aircraft in Bangor.

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