Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a pair of local residents who are stepping up to expand horse programs for Chautauqua County 4-H. Julie Covert of Busti will lead classes for youth to work with miniature horses after watching her daughter Corinne participate in miniature horse competitions at the New York State Fair and noticing there were many areas of competition not offered by Chautauqua County 4-H. Julie Logan, a Mayville volunteer, will lead a hunter/jumper division of the Horse Program. 4-H hadn’t had volunteers qualified to safely lead such classes in the past. Kasey Fanara of Jamestown and Marie Milliman of Fredonia, meanwhile, are volunteering to enhance the 4-H Cloverbud horse program. 4-H is still working to build its endowment at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, but it shouldn’t be forgotten that volunteer time is just as valuable to 4-H as monetary donations. Thumbs up to those willing to give their time to a cause in which they believe.

Thumbs up to a chance to become better acquainted with local history. Notable residents of the Chautauqua Lake Region will be showcased at the Robert H. Jackson Center, 305 E. Fourth St., Jamestown, starting at 4 p.m. Thursday. The celebration is hosted by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and is free and open to the public. The idea is based on the latest book from local authors Kathleen Crocker and Jane Currie – “Legendary Locals of the Chautauqua Lake Region.” From founding families in the 1800s to contemporary conservationists in 2011, the book celebrates all those who have impacted the Chautauqua Lake region. Some of those featured in the book, as well as friends and family members of those who have passed away, will also be in attendance. Beginning at 4 p.m., guests will have the opportunity to mingle with the authors and local legends. At 5 p.m., Crocker and Currie will discuss the process of researching and publishing a book on local history. There will also be a question and answer session. A limited number of books will be available at the event for $20. All proceeds from the book sale will benefit the Fund for the Region at the Community Foundation.