Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a new life for Ye Hare ‘n Hounds Inn in Bemus Point, 64 Lakeside Drive. The restaurant has been closed since a fire in May, but could reopen in the spring under new ownership. Jamestown natives Chris Olsen and Robert Cusimano confirmed earlier this week to The Post-Journal they are in the final stages of purchasing the restaurant. Ye Hare ‘n Hounds Inn has a more than 100-year history in Bemus Point. It’s wonderful news that the historic restaurant will be able to write a new chapter to that history.

Thumbs down to a second report in two years of inappropriate relationships between a teacher and a student. It would seem the end of one’s career, the possibility of a criminal record and having to register as a sex offender, and the idea of causing emotional trauma to a child under a teacher’s care would be enough to prevent such incidents, but apparently that is not the case. Parents have enough to worry about raising children in this day and age — the teachers to whom their children are entrusted every day shouldn’t have to be on that list.

Thumbs up to the Chautauqua County Humane Society for opening its doors to three dogs displaced by Hurricane Irma in Florida. The dogs — Rem, a 1-year-old mixed breed; Mac, a 5-year-old mixed breed; and Bradley, a 2-year-old Labrador retriever/mix — were part of a group of 25 housed at the Brevard County Animal Care Center in Melbourne, Fla. The dogs were removed from the center due to flooding and power failure as the result of the hurricane. Irma struck the west coast of Florida beginning Sept. 10 and was responsible for more than 70 deaths in the state. Following the storm, dozens of animals were taken to a shelter in Anderson County, South Carolina, on Sept. 17. From there many of the animals were taken to the Ten Lives Club in Buffalo, a nonprofit group that provides shelter to abused, stray and surrendered pets that would otherwise have no place to go. Thumbs up to the local shelter for finding a space and to whomever ends up ending any or all of the Florida dogs. It will be a worthy end to a long adventure.

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