ROSES to the town of New Milford for moving forward on renovation work on sidewalks and the roadways for Whittlesey Avenue and Church Street. Long overdue, this construction is a fine complement to projects over the past decade in the heart of the village center that have helped enhance the charm of Main, Bank and Railroad streets. While polishing the gem that is the historic village center, these projects have doubtless helped attract new businesses downtown and should do so for many years to come.

THORNS to those restaurants in the Greater New Milford area which fail to meet health standards as established by the state and local municipalities. Some are repeat offenders and need to shore up their standards to live up to their responsibility to both health inspectors and their patrons.

ROSES to many of the fall season athletic teams at New Milford and Shepaug Valley high schools. Among the standouts, the Green Wave boys' cross country team, led by all-New England runner Zachary Kraus, won a state class `L' championship, finished second in the state open meet and claimed sixth place last week in the New England meet. Fellow NMHS student-athletes won South-West Conference titles in girls' cross country and field hockey and, just this week, the Green Wave boys' soccer side earned the chance either tonight (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday) to play for a state class `LL' championship (see page S23). Shepaug's girls' soccer squad played its way to the state class `S' semifinals before bowing out Tuesday.Roses to all those athletes and their coaches for a job well done and for representing their schools and towns with talent and dedication.