Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to five Jamestown High School students have been accepted into the New York Summer School for the Arts. Sophomores Joseph Tanksley and Chris Edens were accepted for the video art program, along with sophomores John Brown III and Sonia Angeli as alternates. Junior Nigel Eastman was accepted into the cinematography program for the second consecutive year. The students are eligible to attend the Summer School for the Arts at SUNY Oswego from June 29 to July 25. While some scholarships are available, most students must pay for the month-long program. Anyone is interested in helping to sponsor one of the students can call Sam Qadri at Jamestown High School at 483-4493.

Thumbs down to what is hopefully a temporary halt to a longtime tradition. Prendergast Library officials would typically be readying themselves for the library’s annual two-day book sale this week. The sale would bring thousands of people through the library, result in thousands of dollars to help the library pay for operations and spread books to collections throughout the county. The library’s planned renovation project will make it impossible for the library to host the sale this year, but those who want to buy books can still visit the library’s daily book sale. Donations will continue to be accepted throughout the year, and sale proceeds are still used for new library materials and services. Regular prices are $2 for adult hardcover books; $1 each for adult paperbacks, young adult books and children’s books. The daily sale is a good addition to the library, but we know hundreds of people look forward each year to the yearly book sale. We hope if makes a return in future years.

One way to decrease county residents’ dependence on illegal drugs is to make sure they never start using in the first place. In that vein, thumbs up to the Chautauqua Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Council annual bowl-a-thon, scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Jamestown Bowling Company. Money raised will be used to provide alcohol and other drug prevention education and intervention services for youth in the community. CASAC’s goal is to reach $7,000.