Pats on the Back:

∫ To all involved in staging Memorial Day observations, ranging from parades to solemn services in honor of fallen veterans.

∫ To the Ohio County Public Library, which is showing off the results of a $1 million improvement program. It is the largest in the facility’s history, according to Library Director Dottie Thomas.

∫ To the Wheeling Police Department, for its annual Citizens Police Academy initiative. It is an 11-week class intended to teach members of the public what law enforcement officers do. In addition to educating local residents, it forges new links between them and police officers.

∫ To Air Force Senior Airman Kristen M. Doyle, a 2008 graduate of Wheeling Park High School. Doyle recently graduated from the Airman Leadership School at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. She was named “Most Distinguished Graduate.”

∫ To the Wheeling Central Catholic High School Softball Team, which won the state Class A championship last week. It is the third time in a row the Maroon Knights have claimed the title.