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Thumbs up to all the volunteers who spend the weeks leading up to Memorial Day cleaning cemeteries, placing flags on veterans graves and organizing remembrance ceremonies. Their hard work means there will be stirring services in cities, towns, villages and hamlets throughout Chautauqua County. It is often said we need to make sure Memorial Day continues to be a day to remember the sacrifices of those who have died while serving our country. It wouldn’t hurt to remember those who work so hard to make such days of remembrance possible.

This week, we borrow a recent thumbs down from our sister paper, the Dunkirk OBSERVER, which wrote recently in its weekly Highs and Lows editorial about the county’s Conservative Party. They are spot on in their view when they say, “The Conservative Party of Chautauqua County is feuding once again, over who has control. Part of the dispute is that different members want to endorse different people who aren’t registered conservatives. Those running for office like having the additional lines on the ballot. There’s less than 2,000 registered Conservative Party members in Chautauqua County. New York state should do away with multiple lines on ballots. That would cause these kinds of disputes to vanish.”

Thumbs up to the Panama Central School band and chorus for earning a superior rating at a recent competition in Boston. Proponents of high school sports speak often of the values sports can teach youth. Music, done correctly, can have the same results. “Achieving first place has taught me this: we, the Panama band and chorus, came together as one music department, set a common goal and achieved that goal. Our teamwork, listening and cooperation in rehearsals and in Boston are better than any trophy ever,” Panama student Ben Taylor told a Post-Journal reporter this week.

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-Thumbs up to those whose spring cleanup extends beyond their own home. These cleanups take place in towns, village, cities and cemeteries throughout the area this time of year. Falconer will host its 18th annual Falconer Pride Day starting at 9 a.m. today at the Falconer Fire Hall. The volunteers will work in Davis Park, the Village Park, Coleson Park, Mill Race Park and selected streets. Those who don’t participate in the villagewide cleanup can participate by checking their own property. Sand and twigs remaining in their yards and driveways can be placed in garbage bags and brought to the Falconer Fire Hall, where a dumpster will be available from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday. And, don’t forget, the annual Hands-On Jamestown cleanup is May 18.

Thumbs down to those who just can’t handle dealing with school buses on the roads. Recently, The Post-Journal has received two letters from bus drivers reporting impatient drivers while on their routes, including one incident involving a girl with physical handicaps, and an accident on Route 60 in Gerry caused by inattentiveness on the road. It won’t be long before the school buses are parked for the summer. Until then, drivers must be patient and attentive in their midst.

Thumbs up to continuing efforts in Mayville to rehabilitate homes through its Habitat for Humanity program. A community information meeting at 5:30 p.m. May 22 in the Carlson Center of Mayville’s Lakeside Park will start the process for the program’s third home project. “Our hope is to recruit volunteers to work behind the scenes on the organizational committees as well as weekly construction volunteers,” said Mike Ricketts, program coordinator. For more information, call Ricketts at 753-7831.

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