Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the James Prendergast Library and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church for their collaboration on a countywide EcoRead and discussion to launch the GreenUp Jamestown Initiative. The six-week initiative kicks off Wednesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. in the Prendergast Library Reading Room with Dr. Sherri Mason, a professor of chemistry at the State University at Fredonia. Mason will present a perspective on the life and legacy of famous environmentalist and author, Rachel Carson. Attendees will receive copies of Carson’s book, “Under the Sea-Wind” to be read for further discussion. Several community events are scheduled throughout the six-week GreenUp Jamestown Initiative, and will culminate on Earth Day, April 22. It is good to see a local collaboration bring a new way to celebrate Earth Day.

Thumbs down to a new rash of counterfeit bills popping up at Jamestown businesses. On the plus side, at least the bills are easy to identify. One phony $100 bill had Chinese markings on its face and backside while other bills are clearly labeled “For Motion Picture Use Only” on the front. No business confronted with such easily identifiable fake money should be scammed into accepting the phony money, but there is still a cost to everyone for people trying to pass phony bills. People will spend more time waiting in line while cashiers check bills to make sure they aren’t counterfeit while store employees are spending time checking bills that could be spent handling other tasks.

Thumbs up to the hundreds of musicians from area school districts who will take part in the 2017 Chautauqua County Music Teachers Association’s Winter All-County Festival and Concert today at Chautauqua Lake Central School. The concert begins at 5 p.m., but musicians will arrive at the school between 8 and 8:30 a.m. to begin a day of rehearsals with guest conductors from throughout the region who will then lead the various ensembles during the two-hour concert. Tickets are available at the door and cost $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens and students. The students performing tonight are the cream of the crop from music departments throughout Chautauqua County’s school districts, which makes tonight’s concert a good one to attend for area music lovers.