Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a sweet-sounding rite of summer beginning again. Whether it’s Chautauqua Lake Voices, presented by Media One Group and co-sponsored by The Post-Journal, or summer concert series in places like Mayville, Busti, Cherry Creek, Jamestown, Falconer, Dunkirk and all points in between, music fills the air outdoors most nights of the week. There are wonderful area performers taking the stage most nights of the week with no charge for those interested in listening. Summer is a wonderful time to throw a lawn chair in the back of the car to enjoy a night of free entertainment.

Thumbs down to those whose irresponsibility give a black eye to the Great Blue Heron music festival, one of the area’s largest music festival and an unrivaled opportunity to enjoy nature, camp and listen to world-class music. Inevitably there are several people charged with either driving while intoxicated or possession of various types of drugs – including six more people on Sunday as the festival was wrapping up. “People expect police to be there, and the owners of the festival are glad we are there,” Sgt. Gary Thayer of the New York State Police told The Post-Journal recently.

Thumbs up to those who adopt animals from our various animal shelters. Recently, The Post-Journal began running the featured Pet of the Week from the Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue along with the Chautauqua County Humane Society’s Pet of the Week. The presence of such organizations should serve as a reminder that there are many wonderful animals in our area looking for a family to call their own. For more information on pets at Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue, call 326-PAWS or visit For more information on the Chautauqua County Humane Society’s Pet of the Week, call 665-2209 or visit the Pet Adoption Center on Strunk Road, Jamestown.