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Thumbs up: To Cheyann Miller, the York City woman who is battling back after losing her leg in a crash last summer.

Miller was unloading groceries from her vehicle  Aug. 10 when a 2007 Saturn Ion driven by Tyler James Connelly, 25, of 700 Cassell Road, Apt. 27, in Newberry Township, crashed into her. Police allege he had been using heroin.

Miller reached a milestone this past week — likely the first of many — when she was fitted for a prosthesis and took her first steps since the accident.

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She admitted to being nervous as she sat in her wheelchair before the appointment.

Who wouldn’t be?

The 29-year-old mother of two is facing a long journey of rehabilitation and occupational therapy in order to walk again.

We applaud her for taking the first step on that journey.

Thumbs up: To Brooke Dubbs, the Central York  High School senior who received the Horatio Alger National Scholarship. The $25,000 scholarship honors students who have faced great personal adversity but have remained committed to education and volunteering within their communities.

Only 106 students are awarded it annually.

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Brooke was a foster child when she was adopted as a toddler. Her adoptive mother died when she was a sophomore, yet she maintained an outstanding high school career.

She has been involved in a litany of community activities, from Big Brothers Big Sisters to being a MiniTHON committee member. She is student council president and her class treasurer.

Receiving the $25,000 scholarship came a surprise, and she immediately shared the news with her father.

"Me and my dad cried and did a happy dance," she said. "It was a happy moment. It was shocking."

We wish her best of luck as she begins Army boot camp this summer.

Thumbs down: To the person who stole Bob and Cathy Frey’s Yorkshire terriers, Chance and Charlie.

The dogs were snatched while they were outside in the family’s electric-fenced yard. When the family went to fetch them, they found  the dogs’ companion collars but not the pooches.

"I don't know if we'd even feel safe letting them out unless we're right there with them," Cathy said. "It's a shame."

Thanks to a good Samaritan couple who found the dogs ambling down a road and took them in, the dogs and the family have been reunited. But not until after what must have been a very tense four days for Bob, Cathy and their four children.

They contacted Find Toby in PA, a networking group for finding lost pets, and checked out a possible lead that fell through during those days.

Theft of property is bad enough. Stealing something so near and dear to a family should have stiffer penalties — and we’re happy that many animals rights groups are pushing for just that.

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