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Thumbs up to the nurses of Floor 4D at WCA Hospital. The group works with Anna Raynor, mother of Isabella Stanford. Raynor hasn’t been back to work since Isabella was killed in a sledding accident on Feb. 15. Knowing there are medical bills still to be paid from the accident, Raynor’s co-workers are holding a benefit spaghetti dinner from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Ashville Fire Department, 5338 Stow Road, Ashville, near Hogan’s Hut. Benefit organizers have lined up dozens of items that will be given away and are planning enough food for 300 people.

When fire heavily damaged a home in Panama on Wednesday, the American Red Cross was there to help the home’s owners – as the organization is whenever disaster hits Chautauqua County. In the midst of national Red Cross Month, thumbs up to the Red Cross. In the last six months, the American Red Cross of Southwestern New York has responded to 66 local emergencies, helped more than 100 families and trained more than 500 people the best ways to help out during a disaster.

Thumbs up to news that the carousel roundhouse restoration at Midway State Park will be finished before the park opens for the season on Memorial Day weekend. The historic carousel has been outside for the past four summers while the roundhouse building was being renovated. The Friends of Midway Park have raised thousands of dollars to help pay for the roundhouse project. There are plans to eventually restore all the rides to their 1950s glory, which means another generation of children will have the opportunity to make memories at the beloved park. Even better news is that state officials haven’t closed the door on adding attractions at the park, though they will have to be historic pieces that would have been featured at a park like Midway at its historical heyday.