Thumbs up: Bruce Arians' former football coach at York Catholic High School knew he would go on to great things.
And the 1970 York High graduate didn't disappoint, serving as head coach at Temple University before spending five season as the Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive coordinator, helping them to a Super Bowl victory at the end of the 2008 season.
On Thursday, Arians reached the heights of the NFL when the Arizona Cardinals named him as their new head coach after a stellar year as the Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator-turned-temporary coach.
The 60-year-old filled in for head coach Chuck Pagano while he was treated for cancer and helped get the Colts to the playoffs.
"You can't ask for more than what he had done," said Paul Borsa, who coached at York Catholic, where Arians played for four years as quarterback and linebacker, for 30 years. Arians finished his high school career at York High.
"I knew in high school he was just a tremendous athlete," Borsa said. "He could do things naturally that other people had to practice."
Arians will have another local connection in Arizona, too. Former York County resident Steve Keim, 40, was promoted to be the Cardinals' general manager. Keim is a Red Land High School graduate and has worked for the Cardinals for 14 years.
Thumbs up: U.S. Rep. Scott Perry might have said "no" to aiding victims of Hurricane Sandy, but emergency workers in Springettsbury Township responded with a big "yes."
Springettsbury Township Police and members of the Greater York Professional Firefighters Association last weekend collected items at the Springettsbury Township Fire Station for victims of the superstorm.
The items -- anything from bicycles and housewares to everyday necessities such as personal hygiene products and diapers -- are to be delivered to Newark, N.J., this weekend.
Organizer Brad Hatcher said he realizes it's been a few months since the hurricane ripped through parts of the Eastern Seaboard last fall, but there's still a need to aid those who were in its path.
"These people, they lost everything," he said.
Perry, who was recently sworn in as our representative in the 4th Congressional District, twice voted against federal relief for the victims.
One of his first official acts earlier this month was to vote against a $9.7 billion plan to pay flood insurance claims for victims of the storm. And just last week he again said no, this time to a measure to send $50.7 billion of additional relief to affected areas.
Thankfully, both bills easily passed.