Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to all of the area youth in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties who will take their talents to the Great New York State Fair in mid-August. Thirty-nine Chautauqua County projects were chosen for the state fair while final tallies haven’t yet been released from the Cattaraugus County Fair. Each of the winning projects is the result of months or years of hard work by 4-H members with support from their parents and 4-H officials who work on these projects throughout the year.

Thumbs down to people literally playing with fire. On Tuesday, a suspicious fire destroyed the former Erie Railroad Station in Salamanca. Salamanca Fire Department officials say arson is a likely cause of the fire since the depot was abandoned, had no working utilities and had been the site of six attempted arson fires over the past six months. We also note recent incidents in which a 22-year-old Jamestown man sprayed lighter fluid on the ground near the Chautauqua County Sports Hall of Fame building on West Third Street and attempted to light it with a lighter and a Jamestown man who was recently charged after allegedly setting fire to county-owned property on Route 380. One historic building has been destroyed while two other situations were limited but could have been much worse. There is no logical reason why any of the incidents needed to happen.

Thumbs up to community support for a good cause that serves as a nice reminder of all that is right in our community. On July 26-27, Jenny Rader, a 33-year-old mother of four young boys and a nurse at WCA Hospital, held a garage sale and hot dog sale at The Spire Theater to raise money for the Bosom Buddies Walk, which raises money to support the Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s Western New York Breast Resource Center. Rader participates in the event along with her family, friends and other supporters who have a desire to help her cause under the “name of Jenny’s Rack Pack,” who are one of the many teams from the Western New York area walking and raising money for the Bosom Buddies Walk. Rader’s fundraiser netted roughly $1,090 – more than the goal. The Bosom Buddies Walk will be held on Sept. 13 in East Aurora. Those who want to contribute to Rader’s team further can call 581-0919 or email