Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to for-profit businesses who lend a helping hand to area nonprofits. While our pages are filled with such examples of giving back throughout the year, three recently caught our attention. The Jamestown Cycle Shop provided a snowboard for use by Arturo Vargas from Puebla, Mexico, an AM Rotary Club exchange student attending Southwestern Central School. Wegmans is providing shelf space to help the Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary sell more of its Conewango Blend birdseed. Recently, Media One Group sponsored the Souper Bowl at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club to raise money for WCA Hospital. It’s important for locals to shop local when they can. Conversely, it’s important for local business to do its part giving back to the community.

Thumbs down to a recent spate of Leandra’s Law violations. The law was written to increase penalties for those who are found guilty of driving while intoxicated with a child under the age of 16 in a vehicle. A Jamestown man was charged Sunday with violating Leandra’s Law on East Fairmount Avenue at 11:24 p.m. because his car had only one observable headlight. Police found the man, Von P. Kightlinger, was allegedly intoxicated and had a 15-year-old and 12-year-old riding in the vehicle. Late last week, Maria C. Linamen, 24, of Jamestown was involved in an accident with her child in the car. She was later charged with driving while under the influence with her 1-year-old son in the car, a Leandra’s Law DWI violation. Additional punishment is warranted, but one would hope Leandra’s Law would also make one think twice before driving under the influence with their children in the car.

Thumbs up to those who will take advantage of this old-fashioned Chautauqua County winter. The Ellery Sno-Cruisers, Kiwanis Club of Lakewood and Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club will team up for their fourth annual snowmobile poker fun on Sunday, Feb. 16, with registration starting at 11 a.m. Participants can register and start the poker run from any of seven locations involved, including: Bemus Point Golf Course, Lakeview Hotel, Witch Kitch Inn, Pine Junction, Vikings Lake Park, Trillium Lodge or Murdock’s Family Restaurant. According to Marcus Maloney, Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club event coordinator and co-chair for the poker run, 100 percent of the funds generated after expenses will be donated to the Chautauqua County Water Emergency Team and the Youth Snowmobile Education Fund. The Presidents Day Weekend Festival in Mayville from Feb. 14-16 from will feature a large ice castle made possible by the freezing cold temperatures we have had recently. If it’s going to be this cold, we might as well make the best of it – a task made much easier with such entertaining outdoor activities.