Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to an intriguing partnership between Chautauqua Institution and one of its neighbors. Sarah Wansley, an artistic associate for Chautauqua Theatre Co., recently appeared before the Mayville Village Board to discuss having a free Shakespeare act at Lakeside Park next summer. Wansley said it would look to bring Chautauqua Institution and area communities together for a 90-minute play. Board members supported the idea, and we hope it comes to fruition. Lakeside Park would be a beautiful venue for Shakespeare, and it could be a wonderful opportunity to bring area day camps to Mayville for a day at the park, the beach and the theater.

Thumbs up to those who are using Facebook as a new way to encourage art, nature and creativity. JamestownNYRocks is a rock painting group that paints beautiful pictures and uplifting sayings on rocks that can be hidden anywhere. Sometimes, the group paints their rocks and hides them in a park or in a flower pot for anyone to find. The idea is much like a low-tech geocache with the added benefit that anyone can do it. Laurie Wilkins and Heather Von Reyn Courtney started the group as a way to spread happiness in the community. To keep updated, find JamestownNYRocks on Facebook and ask to join the group.

Thumbs up to recent recognition for two Dewittville firefighters who helped save a pair of ice fishermen who had fallen into Chautauqua Lake in March 2016. Burl Swanson and Furlough Francis were recognized recently during the The 109th annual Southwestern Association of Volunteer Fireman Convention featured various awards, and among them were Swanson and Francis as “Firemen of the Year.” Both firefighters credited the training they have undergone over the years for helping them handle the situation properly. Chautauqua County doesn’t have as many volunteer firefighters as it used to have, but it still has quality volunteer firefighters. Kudos to Swanson, Francis and all of the volunteers honored during the convention.