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The Jamestown Sun hands out these bravos and a buffalo chip this week:

* Bravo to the turnout at the Community Block Party. The event was held to welcome University of Jamestown freshmen, most of whom are new to the community. But residents and other students also attended the event.

* Bravo to Sarah and Jeremy Wilson of rural Jamestown for donating thousands of pounds of sweet corn to the Great Plains Food Bank, and bravo to those volunteers who helped them harvest it.

* Buffalo chip to the vandal or vandals of The Piano Project on Broadway in Fargo. Susan Williams’ project to take old, unwanted pianos, paint them and place them where people could play them in public recently started, and the first exhibit was pushed over and walked on. After it was placed upright, a tarp that covered it was removed, and it rained, causing the keys to be stuck. Williams plans to install another one.

* Bravo to the increase in enrollment at Jamestown Public Schools. The initial enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year was 2,181 students as of Tuesday, an increase of 77 students from the 2,104 enrolled on the last day of school in the previous year. We know the numbers can change in the first few weeks, but it’s good to see an increase.

* Bravo to the nonprofit United African Community, an organization in Grand Forks that is raising awareness of Ebola along with sending money and supplies to help those fighting the Ebola outbreak. Countries hard hit by the Ebola outbreak include Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Some members of the United African Community have lost loved ones to the disease and are working to educate others about how the disease is spread.

* Bravo to the Spiritwood Station going online this month. The plant is the first new coal-fired electrical generating plant to go online in North Dakota in more than 30 years. Spiritwood Station is a 99-megawatt coal-fired generating plant that will also produce industrial steam for Cargill Malt and Dakota Spirit AgEnery.

* Bravo to Atonement Lutheran Church for renaming its annual musical festival in honor of the late Bert Gray. The event is now known as the Berg Gray Community Music Festival. Gray helped get the music festival started and was active in the church and the community.

(Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper’s editorial board)