Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a busy Presidents Day Weekend. Those who want to partake in some outdoor fun should make their way to Mayville for the annual Presidents Day Weekend Festival which, thanks to Mother Nature’s icy touch, will feature a splendid ice castle. Events include snowball throwing contests, a chili cook-off, polar bear plunge, ice carving, a book sale at the Mayville Public Library, a cold water rescue demonstration, horsedrawn rides, snowmobile rides, a flare parade and live music at several venues throughout the Mayville area.

Thumbs up to a special Valentine. It’s quite possible you may have seen someone serenaded by the Jamestown Harmony Express. Starting Friday and continuing through Sunday, members of the Harmony Express barbershop chorus have delivered singing valentines to locations throughout the county. It’s something to keep in mind next year for those who want to give their special someone a touching and out-of-the-ordinary Valentine’s Day gift.

Thumbs up, or perhaps paws up, to Ruger, the dog who saved her owner, Larry Jantzi, when his home caught fire earlier this week. After heeding Ruger’s, Jantzi noticed smoke and a bright glow coming from his kitchen door. He quickly called 911 and left the house. Fire crews from Panama, Clymer, Ashville, Busti, Sherman, Bear Lake, Pa., and Columbus, Pa., responded to the scene shortly afterward and battled the fire for several hours. Losing a home in the dead of winter is a horrible experience for anyone. Thanks to Ruger, the situation wasn’t even worse for Jantzi and his family.