Today is Thursday and it’s another chance to raise or lower a finger on some news in our back woods and elsewhere:[THUMBS UP] A friend and former colleague reminds us to give thanks to those people for whom snow is not an opportunity to spend a day off, but makes it difficult to provide services that many of us rely on. This can range from people working through a restaurant window, to store clerks, to police, firefighters, ambulance crews, and emergency responders who don’t get days off because white things cover the ground. . To all those who leave home to get to work, we say “thank you”. [THUMBS UP] Congratulations to the couple and the organization in Washington County for receiving well-deserved awards from the Arkansas Preserve Awards, which will be presented in Little Rock on Friday. The Washington County Historical Society will receive an Excellence in Heritage Preservation Award for its 31-Day This Place Matters Campaign in May 2022. The campaign used campaign-style signs to mark 31 historic sites in Washington County and draw visitors with an online presence, such as on their Facebook page, for more information. May has been declared National Historic Preservation Month. The dissemination of information about local heritage issues and members of the historical society deserve praise for their endless work. Also Friday, Morrow’s Damon and Margaret Reid will receive the Excellence in Personal Projects award for their work restoring a four-room log home built in 1828, known as Morrow Homestead, without grants or government funding. Their dedication to preserving the history of the region through careful preservation of the structure is commendable. [THUMBS UP] What’s in a name? When you decide to live in a small community, it can be a little frustrating if the US Postal Service forces you to use an address that belongs to a neighboring, larger city. Most of us care about the places where we live and are proud of them. So it was good news for the residents of Elm Springs and Tontytown when the Postal Service allowed residents to use the names of their city, rather than nearby Springdale, as their “preferred last line” of their addresses. This is a process that took eight years, reflecting the usual speed of the federal government. There was also a financial aspect, as online orders delivered to Springdale-tagged addresses benefited the city of Springdale’s budget. Now that these deliveries are more accurately marked, the tax dollars go to local communities. [THUMBS DOWN] Unfortunately, Amazon, the online retail giant, has decided to end its AmazonSmile donation program, which allowed shoppers to assign a small portion of their purchase price to a non-profit group of their choice. As tiny as the donations, the program noted some positive local influence from a retailer who is not local at all. Local shopping, by the way, still has a direct positive impact on the places where we all live.