Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Jamestown Harmony Express for spreading their beautiful music to the nation’s capital. The group recently returned from a four-day performance tour in Washington, D.C., with performances including a show in the Retired Military Officers Retirement Home, a Sunday church service, the World War II Memorial where a wreath was laid at the New York State Memorial and on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The invitation also included a concert in the Gettysburg 150th Commemoration of the Civil War Celebration. Prior to the trip, a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation provided the chorus funds that helped to complete the traveling uniforms.

Thumbs up to a plan that has worked for, well, at least one week. Recently, the Ellicott Town Board decided to move its meetings up an hour because no one from the public was attending. Six Ellicott residents attended the first 6 p.m. Town Board meeting. It’s a good start.

Thumbs up to schools honoring the notable community residents. Several schools have a Wall of Fame to honor those who have gone on to do remarkable things in their lives. Sherman Central School is now accepting nominations for its Wall of Fame. Individuals must have had some direct affiliation with Sherman Central School either through enrollment, employment or through service on the board. The honor is not exclusively an athletic honor, though those who are known for their athletic contributions may be inducted. Nomination forms can be obtained at the Community Bank, the Sherman Post Office and in the Sherman Central School District Office. Inductees will be chosen during the school board’s August meeting, with nominations due by Aug. 1.