Thumbs down: To people who don’t properly restrain their dogs, which can lead to postal carrier injuries.

Dog attacks on carriers in the York area went up in 2016 with a total of seven. York's number placed it second in the region for dog attacks on mail carriers — behind Reading’s 12 — and fourth in Pennsylvania behind some higher- population cities: Reading, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Many dog owners think their sweet pooch would never harm a fly, but USPS officials want to change that perception.

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“Your dog might be the gentlest dog for you, but when a dog feels threatened, their instinct is to attack,” Karen Mazurkiewicz, USPS communications specialist for central Pennsylvania. said.

“Your dog is not the exception; most of them are the rule," Mazurkiewicz said.

Many postal carriers undergo canine awareness training and are taught ways to avoid a confrontation with an angry, frightened or territorial dog. Still, carriers need your help.

Do your part to protect your carriers. Keep your pets restrained or barricaded to avoid a dangerous incident.

Thumbs up: To the educational event, called “Spark the Music”

About 40 area students got the opportunity to interact with the musicians who performed last Saturday afternoon at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center in downtown York. The performance was for an upcoming episode of the National Public Radio musical showcase series “From the Top.”

The five professional musicians were from all over the world and shared stories about their lives, their inspirations and, of course, their music.

The kids were impressed.

“This workshop can really help musicians put their own stamp on their music,” said Michael Reichmann, general manager for the York Symphony Orchestra.

He said the need for students to discover their “unique creativity” is very important to the development of a young musician.

“Spark the Music” was a fun event for most of the kids. But for others it might be a milestone. It might be life-changing for some.

What thrill for a child to play alongside these showcase performers.

We applaud NPR and programs like this that so positively impact those in the communities they visit.

Thumbs up: To the Southwestern Regional Police Department for its red-handed capture of a perpetrator in a dashing home-invasion attempt.

Think of the terror one North Codorus Township resident must have felt when they heard the suspect pounding on the back door to their home, trying to gain entry.

Of course, that panic was short-lived after finding a wayward pot-bellied pig trying to enter the house.

The resident called 911 anyway.

"I don't know that we've ever had an animal try to break into a home," Southwestern Regional Police Chief Greg Bean said. "Usually, they try to break out."

The collar was no easy acquisition from a police standpoint.

"(She) kept trying to bite the officer," Bean said adding the officer avoided injury.

"They're not real agile," he said.

They story ends happily with the pig taking residence at the York County SPCA for a few days until the owner was found.

Sure, Southwestern Police have to deal with more serious crimes, but it’s nice to see they know how to snare a swine when the need arises.

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