Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to all those area businesses and individuals who pitch in this time of year to help the less fortunate. Our pages have been full of such stories recently, whether it’s the Creche and its Community Service Holiday Project, the Shults Auto Group and its push for Toys for Tots or the Jamestown Chapter of Credit Unions, who recently held their annual Toys for Kids dinner. The stories are too numerous to list here, but every one of the area residents who participated in these efforts deserves a hearty thank you.

Every year, musicians young and old do their part to get the rest of us in the Christmas spirit. With that thought in mind, thumbs up as well to all those who will participate in holiday musical programs. Most area schools have already held their annual school Christmas concerts while their adult counterparts in church choirs will take center stage during special services in the coming days. For those of you so inclined, don’t miss Sunday’s edition of The Post-Journal for the Christmas programs we’ve received from area churches. After all, what would the holiday season be without music?

Thumbs up to Jamestown High School for honoring Donn Johnston, Maceo Wofford, Justin Johnson, Carlos Rivera, Darin Butts, Tommy Campion, Jaysean Paige, David Anderson, Terry Chili, Mark Prechtl, Mark Edstrom, Tyrone Beaman, Mike Maisto, Fran Lantigua, Domonique Kendrick, Nikki Frederickson, Erinne Cunningham, Ashley Dupler, Tara Payne and Sandy Wasko in its Wall of Fame induction ceremony during the re-dedication of the McElrath Gymnasium at JHS. Especially fitting was inclusion of James McElrath, former JHS principal, basketball coach for several area high schools and the gymnasium’s namesake, in the ceremony. Keeping such people around the basketball program is important as an example for current JHS students. “Not only were they great players, but they’re just great people. They’re all doing well and have all turned into real good men and women,” Ben Drake, JHS boys basketball coach, said after the ceremony.