Thumbs up: To all those who helped make the Thanksgiving holiday brighter for those less fortunate.

As usual, York countians stepped up by donating food to organizations that provided traditional meals to those in need or by helping to prepare and serve dinners on Thanksgiving Day to those down on their luck or who might otherwise have spent the holiday alone.

But this year, several groups also took their giving natures out of state, heading to New Jersey for Thanksgiving to help those still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. They brought with them truckloads of supplies and not only served meals, but also got their hands dirty helping residents work repair their damaged homes.

Thanks to them for sharing what we've come to expect from our community.

Thumbs up: The Democratic Party of York County put our minds at ease last week by announcing a public process for filling the soon-to-be-vacated seat of state Rep. Eugene DePasquale.

The Democrat will resign from the House in January to be sworn in as auditor general, after having won both seats in the Nov. 6 election. That means a special election will have to be held to replace him in the 95th House District.

The county Democrats and Republicans will select the nominees whose names will appear on the ballot -- a task normally performed by voters in primary elections.

We don't think voters should be shut out of this part of the election process, but the Democrats say they plan to involve the public as they select their nominee.

Party chairman Bob Kefauver said the party will begin soliciting letters of interest this week, after which a forum will be held to introduce the candidates to the community. The candidates will answer questions prepared by the party's nominating committee and attendees.

No decision will be made the night of the forum, but the nominating committee plans to convene and possibly invite candidates in for one last meeting before whittling the list to one person, Kefauver said.

The local nominating committee then sends that name to the state branch of the Democratic Party for approval.

The process is different for the local Republican Party, whose committee members from the heavily Democratic 95th will select the candidate. That person's name is then place on the ballot without any input from the state GOP.

There's no word so far from local Republicans if voters will also have a say in their selection process.