Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to some much-deserved time in the limelight for the Lawson Boating Heritage Center in Bemus Point. WoodenBoat Magazine will include two pieces on Chautauqua Lake in its July/August issue – two pages on the Lawson Boating Heritage Center and a second story on Chautauqua Lake’s Great White Fleet. The article explores the history of the Great White Fleet, and its symbiotic relationship to Chautauqua Institution. It features some 13 pictures, including an 1890s picture of nine of the steamers at the Jamestown boat landing. The issue is deserved time in the spotlight for Chautauqua Lake’s boating history. Those interested in reading more can order the magazine at Those interested in actually seeing the lake’s boating history can visit the museum at 73 Lakeside Drive, Bemus Point. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. The museum is also open from 1-5 p.m. Friday, July 5.

Thumbs down to yet another nanny state law in New York state. The state Legislature has voted to strengthen the pet lemon law, a consumer protection measure for pet owners who find out too late that their pet was sold with an illness or other issue. The bill doubles fines to $100 for pet stores that fail to abide by the law while also trying to shut down puppy mills. There are already means of recourse for aggrieved pet owners, including an existing pet lemon law. During a session in which important bills received no consideration, there was more than enough time to talk about a pet lemon law. to Is it any wonder why, with the state spending its time on consideration of these sidelight issues, New York state is in the shape it’s in?

Thumbs up, and an appeal for help, to the Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary. Audubon officials and volunteers are getting together three times a week to pull water chestnuts from the center’s Big Pond. Water chestnut is a fast-growing, floating annual herb that forms large mats that shade out native aquatic vegetation. It reduces oxygen levels for fish and encourages sedimentation by restricting silt movement. Group pulls will be held every Tuesday until the end of July from 9 a.m. to noon. Wednesday pulls will be 5-8 p.m. and Sunday pulls will be 2-5 p.m. They will begin with an orientation on the best ways to pull water chestnut. The next Big Pull will be on Saturday, July 13, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Call the Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary at 569-2345 or email to sign up. An example of water chestnut is posted along with this editorial at Take the time to help if you can – it’s a worthy use of a couple of hours of your time.