Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to those who have spent October doing their part to raise awareness of breast cancer and money to defeat a disease that has touched many of us in one way or another. The Southwestern boys and girls soccer teams recently held their third annual Kickin’ for a Cure at Southwestern Central School. The staff at Dr. Francese’s Dental Office in West Ellicott has gone pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month as have employees at AJs Texas Hots on Foote Avenue. For the duration of the month of October, the staff at Dr. Francese’s Dental Office will raise funds for breast cancer research by selling pink ribbon toothbrushes for $2.50 and with giveaways of dozens of handmade items. The Frewsburg girls soccer teams paid special tribute to Coach Ericka Alm’s mother, Linda Johnson, a breast cancer survivor, by donating proceeds from concessions, 50-50 giveaways and bucket donations to WCA Hospital toward the purchase of 3-D Breast Tomosynthesis in the WCA Center for Imaging & Medical Arts. There are countless such stories throughout our area this fall, a testament to the destructiveness of breast cancer and the will of area residents to do their part fighting the disease.

While no one knows exactly what the future holds yet for the Jamestown Gateway Station, thumbs up to Lee Harkness, station general manager, for securing a caboose that ran on the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad lines. The No. 300 caboose was built in 1960 by Morrison International Corporation of Kenton, Ohio, and is now next to the engine barn at the train station, which is located along Second Street near the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena. Those interested in a peek at the things at the station should stop by.

Thumbs up to the quick work of two area men who saved a Silver Creek woman after her car caught fire following an accident Sunday. Deputy Stephen Romanik was the first to respond to the scene and tried to put the fire out with a fire extinguisher. Ray Austin, an Alstar Emergency Medical Services employee, was on his way home from work and saw the scene. He helped Romanik break the car’s windows and get Valerie Roach of Silver Creek out of the vehicle. Roach was treated by South Dayton and Cassadaga fire personnel and flown by Starflight to the Erie County Medical Center. The situation was serious enough, but could have been worse for Roach if not for the quick thinking and teamwork of Romanik and Austin.