Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Thule Lodge for celebrating its 110th anniversary recently. The lodge’s mission and location have changed over the years, but its unwavering support of the area’s Swedish population and commitment to preserving Swedish history has not. Originally the Thule lodge served to help the Swedish immigrants settle in the area with their housing, employment, schooling and serve as a social center. Chartered on Dec. 17, 1907, Mayor Emeritus Samuel A. Carlson was one of the charter members. In 1918, the influenza epidemic took a heavy toll and, since Thule was a fraternal organization in Jamestown, paid many sick benefits during the epidemic. After decades of meeting in space in downtown Jamestown, the lodge moved permamently to its Vasa Park in Bemus Point in 2000 and sold its downtown lodge. Today the Thule Lodge serves to preserve the Swedish heritage through events and activities all year long. Kudos to all those who have kept the Thule Lodge a vibrant part of the Jamestown area for so long.

Thumbs up to the Jamestown Veterinary Hospital for its role in treating Mia, a neglected female toy poodle found following a structure fire recently at a Jamestown home. Firefighters found Mia in the home and said the dog appeared to be severely neglected, with matted hair with open sores and a large cyst on her abdomen. Kudos to the city firefighters, police officers and Jamestown Veterinary Hospital staff for their quick work with Mia.

Thumbs up to member organizations of the United Arts Appeal for creating a holiday atmosphere throughout the area during December. The festivities begin with the Jamestown Concert Association’s presentation of the Western New York Chamber Orchestra’s “Poinsettia Pops” at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts in Jamestown on Dec. 6 and continues Dec. 8-9 with performances by the Lucille Ball Little Theatre’s Junior Guilders’ show “The Special Gifts of Christmas.” Performances of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. Infinity will have several performances throughout Decmeber while the Community Music Project brings a traditional end to the holiday season with its annual Twelfth Night concerts in Warren and Jamestown on Jan. 6 and Jan. 7, respectively. These local organizations should make it easy for anyone to get into the holiday spirit.