Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the collaboration of area police agencies that resulted in the quick capture of four men who have been charged with the murder of Gordon Skinner and Joyce Skinner of Carroll. It could have been easy for the four Elmira-area residents to have disappeared into the night after the murders. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the New York State Police, Carroll police and authorities in Chemung County.

Thumbs up to Becky Nystrom and Jamestown Community College for their extensive Earth Day celebration. The college’s Earthfest celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, but the college has been hosting Earth Day-related movies and programs for the past couple of weeks. Nystrom and other volunteers involved with the effort are an important offshoot of the original 1970 Earth Day movement. Their work in spreading the message of conservation and respect for our natural resources should be commended.

Thumbs up to those who preserve local history. A recent discovery by the Fenton History Center of Jamestown of plans to use Art Metal Construction Company tables in the U.S. Navy ship the S.S. United States. Countless people have seen iron grates with a Jamestown, N.Y., stamp, but it’s easy to forget the city’s reach in the early 1900s. Such interesting pieces of local history would be lost without the dedicated staff and volunteers at the Fenton, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. For more information, visit

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