Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to another family who will receive a new home thanks to Habitat for Humanity. The Mid-County Habitat for Humanity group is hosting a public welcoming event for Thomas and Rosemarie Bottomley and their three daughters, Caitlyn, 12; Haley, 10; Emma, 5; and Lilian, 1 years old; today at 1 p.m. at the 7 Patterson St. construction site in Mayville. Rosemarie noted that this was the second time the family applied for the housing, mostly because they are in more need. When she lived in Dewittville, she was a nurse’s aide, but now is a stay-at-home mom. The family now lives across the street from the current housing under construction, but needs more room. Anyone willing to volunteer their time can participate on Saturdays with opportunities ranging from actual construction to support activities. For more information, call Mike Ricketts at 753-7831.

It will take time for Cassadaga Valley Central School board members to heal the breach with taxpayers caused by the recent resignation of Scott Smith, district superintendent, and leave of absence of Dr. Tara DiDomenico, high school principal. But thumbs up to Tom Schmidt, interim superintendent, for doing what he can to restore normalcy to students in the district by appointing a John Gilevski, Sinclairville Elementary school principal, as the new high school principal and naming John Kwietniewski the interim principal at Sinclairville Elementary School. Taxpayers are still fuming at recent events in the district, but Schmidt is correct in maintaining a focus on educating children in the district.

Thumbs up to Joyce Shelters, a Chautauqua County Humane Society volunteer who was recently awarded a Presidential Volunteer Lifetime Service Award for her service working at the Humane Society through Chautauqua County RSVP. Shelters has donated more than 4,000 hours – or more than two years of full-time work – to the Humane Society because she enjoys the animals. Receiving the award, she said, was a chance to promote volunteer opportunities at the shelter. Despite dedicated volunteers like Shelters, the Humane Society still needs volunteers to walk dogs, clean animals, in foster care, shelter maintenance, thrift store sorting, special events and fundraising drives. For more information, visit or call 665-2209, ext. 205.