Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Libraries can take on huge importance in small communities. Thumbs up to the Cherry Creek Free Library board, and the rest of the Cherry Creek community, for putting in months of hard work to move the library from its old building into a new storefront location on Main Street in Cherry Creek. The new space has a bright reading area, renovated shelving, a full children’s section and laptop computers with Wi-Fi. Library officials and all those who helped make the new location a reality should be commended.

Thumbs up to annual rites of spring. Our region has finally shed the icy grip of winter. Gardening clinics and workshops abound. The Bits N Spurs Trail Riders and other horseback riding groups are readying their horses and trails for the horseback riding season. Jamestown Community College and area schools will hold their annual spring concerts in the coming weeks. The Jamestown Renaissance Corp. is accepting volunteer registration for the annual Hands on Jamestown community cleanup to make sure downtown looks its best before tourists begin arriving and, of course, Chautauqua Lake groups are setting their sights on readying the lake for tourists.

Thumbs down to news the U.S. Agriculture Department will be moving its offices from the Franklin W. Bratt Agricultural Center on Turner Road. County officials acknowledge upgrades needed to be made to the building to keep the USDA as a tenant, but county officials were willing to do the work in exchange for a 10-year lease. The USDA would only commit to a five-year lease. Now, the federal agency will spend about $300,000 more to lease space on Fluvanna Avenue in Jamestown. At least the unwelcome news comes with a positive – a partially vacant building in Jamestown will have some new life. It’s just unfortunate the former Ames department store building couldn’t have been filled with something new for the community rather than playing empty building musical chairs.