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Thumbs Up: To Flinchbaugh's Orchard and Farm Market for hosting the Pumpkin Smash Bash. It was a fun and creative way to dispose of unsold post-Halloween pumpkins and gourds and benefit a great cause.

For $6, visitors could throw the pumpkins at a "dartboard" of spikes, drop them from a small height, launch them in a “gourd slingshot” or even roll them in a "skee ball"-like game.  All proceeds went to Humankind Water, an organization dedicated to providing clean water to those who can't normally access it.

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"It was very satisfying," said Tim Gindling, of College Park, Maryland, one of many who took Flinchbaugh's up on its offer to smash leftover pumpkins to smithereens with an aluminum baseball bat.

The remnants of the gourds and pumpkins will be mowed over and turned into compost, so nothing will go to waste.

Everyone wants to smash a pumpkin," said Julie Keene, manager of the market. "It's kind of fun to get a glimpse of people enjoying it."

Thumbs Down: To the person who illegally shot a trophy buck in Spring Garden Township recently.

"If it wasn't trophy-class, it would have been extremely close," said Wildlife Conservation Officer Steve Knickel of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. "(Its rack) was perfectly symmetrical. It was a perfect buck."

Instead of providing venison to a hungry family and a mounted rack for a happy hunter to display, the deer was found unharvested in a suburban cul-de-sac, he said.

Knickel said he suspects the poacher failed to retrieve the carcass and rack because the buck died right in the cul-de-sac, where there would be many witnesses to see the poacher and report him.

"It's a blatant, wanton disregard of this deer — a complete waste of an animal," Knickel said.

Thumbs Up: To Ry Fryar, assistant professor of art at York College, who worked with a number of faculty at the college and with the college's Center for Community Engagement to create the Community Arts Scholars program.

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have them begin to curate artwork by some of their most talented students. Altogether, 313 pieces of art by close to 70 or 80 students made it into the first York Community Art Scholars Exhibition on Oct. 20.

The artwork was displayed at various galleries, boutiques and art shops to accommodate an art walk. The artwork was judged and the 80 to 90 finalists had the opportunity to apply for a $20,000 arts scholarship at York College.

York College is offering workshops for students involved with exhibition to help them build portfolios for art schools, network with other artists and learn how to make a living doing something they are passionate about.

"York College has made a real commitment to being a part of York and downtown," Fryar said. "To be an artist, you have to engage with the community. You have to learn how to show your work."

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