Cheers — to volunteers from Cascade Christian High School for pitching in to help remove invasive weeds from the banks of Bear Creek. A dozen students wielded pickaxes and shovels last week in an attempt to eradicate non-native blackberry vines from a 1,700-foot riparian area the school has pledged to restore. Students in a stream ecology class spend time all year working on the project, which aims to replace invasive species with native trees and brush.

Cheers — to volunteers from Cascade Christian High School for pitching in to help remove invasive weeds from the banks of Bear Creek. A dozen students wielded pickaxes and shovels last week in an attempt to eradicate non-native blackberry vines from a 1,700-foot riparian area the school has pledged to restore. Students in a stream ecology class spend time all year working on the project, which aims to replace invasive species with native trees and brush.

Jeers — to U.S. Rep Michele Bachmann and four of her colleagues for questioning the loyalty of Huma Abedin, an Arab-American who is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's chief of staff and the wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner. Bachmann and her colleagues sent letters to intelligence and national security agencies raising questions about the Muslim Brotherhood and mentioning Abedin specifically, accusing her late father of having ties to the group. Abedin has worked for Clinton for years, and there is not a shred of evidence that she is anything but a proud American working for her country.

Cheers — to Sen. John McCain for taking to the Senate floor Wednesday to denounce Bachmann's allegations, and to the growing chorus of criticism from Republican leaders in Congress and elsewhere. Bachmann's former campaign manager, Ed Rollins, called her insinuation "downright vicious," adding that it "reaches the late Senator Joe McCarthy level."

Cheers — to Champ, the American bulldog shot in the jaw in Rogue River, who has battled back to recover from his injury, and to the staff at Sanctuary One, the Applegate Valley animal sanctuary that is helping him get well and working on his obedience and socialization.

Cheers — to the news that companies are increasingly looking for older models to pitch products in advertising, a switch from the longstanding tradition of using young people to sell things. Models now may be in their 40s, 50s — even 70s, promoting the kinds of things baby boomers and retirees buy, such as cruises and luxury cars, not to mention clothing and cosmetics.