Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Heil Transportation Inc., a Clymer-based company that will purchase the former Maplevale Farms building on Route 474 in Clymer. The building has been empty since 2010 when a massive amount of snow caused a roof at the facility to collapse and Maplevale to move into the former SYSCO Food Service building on Allen Street Extension in Falconer. Heil Transportation employs 75 full-time workers and drivers, which provide pickup service from more than 250 dairy farms and delivery to regional dairy plants with the company’s 45 semi trucks. Not only is a vacant building being put back into use, but Dan Heil, owner of Heil Transportation, says his company plans to use the new building as part of an expansion plan. It is good news indeed. Thumbs up as well to the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency for its work facilitating the purchase.

Thumbs up to the eight newest members of the Chautauqua County Sports Hall of Fame – Vincent Calarco, Geza Farkas, Dan Lunetta, Cindy Miller, Al Muck, Tom Prechtl, Tom Priester and Jack Wigley – as well as two days that brought a piece of baseball trailblazer Jackie Robinson to Jamestown. On Monday, the Chautauqua County Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony provided a fitting capstone to the careers of eight people who have added much to the area sports scene over the years. The evening’s keynote address was given by Sharon Robinson, Robinson’s daughter. Then, Tuesday morning Robinson spoke to hundreds of area middle school children who participated in the 10th annual Young Readers’ Program at the Robert H. Jackson Center about her book, Jackie’s Nine, and the nine principles by which Robinson lived his life: courage, determination, teamwork, persistence, integrity, citizenship, justice, commitment and excellence.