The News-Item’s cheers and jeers from the past week of news:

• Cheers to the Marion Heights community and anyone else who attended the fundraisers held to support Patrick Filipczak, a borough native who needs a kidney donor. The events held during the last weekend in January helped raise money that will go toward paying his medical procedures, which include dialysis. We urge readers to consider registering as a potential donor — if not for Patrick, then perhaps for someone else who urgently needs the gift of life.

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