Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a Jamestown resident Chelsea Gardner. The city resident had been looking for her South American biological family when she spoke with The Post-Journal earlier this summer. Now, she’s making plans to meet her siblings in person for the first time. An article the Aug. 8 edition of The Post-Journal outlined the events surrounding Gardner’s 1991 birth in Colombia and subsequent adoption at six months old by now-deceased Jamestown residents Anthony and Patty Schifano. Gardner said the Schifanos had always been open with her about her heritage, and that she had been very curious about her roots and the woman who gave her life ever since she was old enough to comprehend her circumstances. An online GoFundMe campaign Gardner originally established in order to fund the search for her family, is now being kept open to help her fund the trip she intends to take with her husband, Sean, next July to visit her family in person. Additionally, she said her sister Pauline is planning to visit Jamestown in December for the holiday season, and to see snow for the first time. “I want to thank everyone who has contributed financially, and give a special ‘thank you’ to my family members who helped the most in funding the search for my birth family. I thank my friends and family,” she said.

Thumbs up to all those who took the opportunity to view Monday’s partial solar eclipse from the grounds of the Marshall Martz Observatory in Frewsburg. Cars lined both sides of Robbin Hill Road as people walked up to the observatory to view the eclipse. Many individuals placed chairs outside the observatory where they put glasses on to view the sequence of events. Other people spent their time inside viewing the eclipse from a television screen. People also had the chance to see the eclipse from telescopes stationed on an observatory deck. The observatory was open throughout the day to the public and members for a solar eclipse viewing. Around 350 glasses were handed out at the observatory to visitors. The Marshall Martz Observatory is one of Chautauqua County’s hidden gems. Kudos to those who volunteer their time to keep such a facility operating in Chautauqua County. We’re lucky to have it.

Thumbs up to Section 6 officials for doing the right thing and allowing Frewsburg to merge its football team with Randolph. Frewsburg coach Terry Gray told The Post-Journal earlier this week that a few of the players who signed up won’t make the merge with Randolph because they didn’t really want to play football in the first place. Others will play on junior varsity or modified teams more suited to their age and ability. The decision makes a mess of the schedule for a season that opens in six days, but was the right decision. Students whose bodies aren’t ready for high school football or who haven’t played enough football to be able to do so safely shouldn’t be on the field. It is saying something adults from outside the area have more complaints about the transition than the coaches and players involved who have to create a team in only a handful of practices. If they can make it work, so can the schedule makers and officials.