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

Cheers to the organizers of Saturday’s Kids Festival hosted by the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, which featured free food and games for all children in attendance.

Cheers to all law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs and other first responders that participated in National Night Out Tuesday. Across the nation, thousands of communities took part in the festivities, which are aimed at promoting police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to create safer, more caring places to live.

Jeers to the actors involved in the disappearance of the American flag that flies at the intersection of Market and Independence streets in the city. While those who investigated the missing flag came to the conclusion it was likely stolen, the story ended on a high note after several residents offered to donate money toward a replacement. The flag was estimated to be valued at approximately $175 and was raised during a ceremony on Wednesday.

Cheers to U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) for taking time to visit The News-Item last Monday for a 30-minute chat about current events while traveling through the area. Much of the conversation centered around gun control due to the events of the weekend, but we also covered topics such as federal opportunity zones, immigration and the trade war with China.

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