Thumbs up: To Nathan Krebs and Mark Weaver, two local high school students named to the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Marching Band.

Krebs, a York Suburban senior, and Weaver, a senior at Susquehannock High School, join just 125 musicians and color guard members from across the nation on the band.

Krebs plays the trombone and is a co-drum major at York Suburban. He was nominated by his band director, Matt Husler.

Husler said it was easy to nominate Krebs because of his musical skills and the leadership he offers.

"He's one of our top musicians and people look up to him," Husler said.

Weaver plays the snare drum at Susquehannock, but will play the bass drum in the U.S. Army All-American band.

Weaver said he is the co-captain of the drumline in his high school marching band this year and started playing the drums when he was in fifth grade.

"I'm really excited that I'll get to go and play alongside other seniors," Weaver said. "I think it's going to be an awesome experience."

Thumbs up: Downtown Inc honored its top cheerleaders last week during its annual Downtown First Awards.

Eight businesses, groups and individuals received awards.

The award for outstanding large business went to Glatfelter Insurance Group. Central Market was recognized as the year's outstanding small business, and the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center received the award for outstanding nonprofit.


The outstanding new business award went to Arthur & Daughters, a fashion boutique at 49 N. Beaver St. that opened earlier this year.

The Left Bank, a fine-dining restaurant at 120 N. George St., was named outstanding merchant.

The Better York beautification award went to York Regional Academy Charter School for its new playground.

Melissa Grove, owner of Sweet Melissa's Dream at 51 N. Beaver St., was honored as an outstanding volunteer.

And, the outstanding individual award went to Ben Chiaro of ROCK Commercial Real Estate.

Thumbs up: To the West York school board for delaying a vote on a grade reconfiguration until it can better inform parents about the plan.

In light of public concern about the proposal for the elementary schools, the board decided to wait until December to vote on the plan.

Superintendent Emilie Lonardi said it was possible to hold off on the vote until December, which gives school officials more time to hear from the public and answer concerns about transportation and other logistics.

In the meantime, the district will compile a "frequently asked questions" section about the reconfiguration on the website to address questions parents and community members have.