Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a busy week, starting with Sunday’s World Series of Cars at Bergman Park. The Robert H. Jackson Center takes center stage at Chautauqua Institution with its weeklong Special Studies lecture series at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday in the Hurlbut Church sanctuary, with addresses by legal luminaries from throughout the eastern United States. The Gerry Rodeo is Wednesday through Saturday while the annual LucyFest begins in earnest Thursday in downtown Jamestown. It will be a fun week throughout the county.

Thumbs up to all those who have spent the past week enjoying the annual Chautauqua County Fair. There are still two more days to enjoy events, including the finale of the ever-popular demolition derby, midway rides and the 4-H youth displays. For those who can’t get enough of county fairs, don’t forget the Cattaraugus County Fair begins today at the county fairgrounds in Little Valley with an open horse show and continues all week.

Thumbs up to board of education members from Clymer and Panama central schools for continuing discussions to share a superintendent. On Wednesday Clymer board members, after hearing voices of approval from community members, approved moving ahead with discussions, while Panama had previously done the same. The boards think they can each save money while not losing any services by sharing Bert Lictus, a Clymer resident who is currently Panama superintendent. A joint meeting between the boards will be held Aug. 12 in Clymer. The boards and the communities they represent are thinking outside the box and with open minds and should be commended for it.

Thumbs up as well to the return of the Bemus Point 3-on-3 tournament on Aug. 10 and 11 at the Bemus Point Park. The tournament has been organized in honor of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation’s 35th anniversary and its parallel promotion, Caring and Giving – Make Good Things Happen. All net proceeds benefit the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. Entries are due Friday, Aug. 2, with forms available at