Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to three young women who exemplify the best in high school athletics. Janae Hamilton of Ellicottville, Elle Reed of Sherman and Dani Reinwald of Clymer are the biggest of rivals on the basketball court this season, with each girl’s team vying for the top spot in Division 4. When two of them are on the court, the third is likely to be in the stands rooting for school-year rivals who are also summertime teammates on an area AAU basketball team. Often, high school sports are discussed in terms of rivalries. It’s refreshing to see three such talented athletes who can appreciate each others’ talents.

Thumbs up to Tiffani Conti, the Downtown Jamestown Development Corp. and the Jamestown Renaissance Corp. for the recently completed winter market. Held Thursdays through the end of January, the market was an opportunity for area residents to continue buying locally grown produce typically only available during the summer. The winter market was a worthy addition to the successful summer Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market. We hope it will be a staple of cold winter days for years to come.

Thumbs up to first responders who, three times in the past week, have had to brave frigid temperatures or freezing water in service to their community. On Sunday, Lakewood volunteer firefighters and Lakewood-Busti police officers had to rescue an Ashville man who fell through the ice on Chautauqua Lake. Then, Findley Lake volunteer firefighters, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies and state troopers spent 10 hours in the freezing cold while a standoff situation in Findley Lake was resolved. Then, on Wednesday, Stockton volunteer firefighters and the Chautauqua County WET team had to help two Fredonia residents whose car was stuck in freezing floodwater on South Stockton-Cassadaga Road in Stockton. Their response is yet another reason for area residents to be proud of, and to support, those who willingly run into dangerous situations to help others.