Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Ellicott Town Board for streamlining the development process in the town by eliminating the town Planning Board. Planning boards aren’t required in state law, so town officials have decided to create a new board that will serve as both a planning and zoning board. The new group will have five members and two alternates. This type of consolidation doesn’t come with much cost savings, but it will make life much easier on those who want to invest in the town. Patrick McLaughlin, town supervisor, said it can take up to three months for a new development to go through the zoning and planning boards. Sometimes, it can be the little things that entice a business to open. McLaughlin and the Ellicott Town Board have heard that message — and now, they’ve acted on it.

Thumbs down to the end of yet another piece of the shared services arrangements between the Clymer and Panama school districts. After the end of merger talks between the two districts, the first domino fell when Bert Lictus resigned his superintendent position in Clymer to return solely to the Panama Central School district. Now, Emily Harvey, current director of instruction for both districts, will return to a full-time position in Panama where she will continue to serve as the director of instruction. These are discouraging signs for two districts that had been a beacon when it came to sharing services. The light appears to have gone out.

Thumbs up to the Lucille Ball Little Theatre, which begins its 81st season with performances of “Send Me No Flowers” on Jan. 26, 27 and 28 as well as Feb. 2, 3 and 4. Upcoming shows include “The 39 Steps” in March, “Jesus Christ Superstar” in April, “Are We There Yet” in June and ‘Mama Mia” in October. Community theatre is a vital part of any thriving scene — an no community theatre can thrive without members. For more information about purchasing a membership, call the theater at 483-1095 or visit the box office during open hours from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.