Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a permanent display at the Randolph Historical Society featuring the work of the late Jack Berger. Berger’s Berger has donated his photojournalism work, which fill 24 albums, to the society. For 58 years, Berger was a photographer and correspondent for several area publications, including The Post-Journal. The collection is the handiwork of Berger’s wife, Noralyn, of East Randolph, who began saving all of her husband’s work in binders. “Whenever Jack had something published in the newspaper, he would bring home several copies and give one to me. Then, I would cut out the article along with its picture and paste it in the book,” she said. “It was a lot of work, but I wanted to be sure I got them on the right page in the right category and the right year.” Berger was a wonderful part of The Post-Journal’s family for decades. It is wonderful to see that his photographic gifts have been preserved for generations to come.

Thumbs down to the end of one of Chautauqua County’s most successful coaching tenures. Late last week, The Post-Journal reported on the resignation of Curt Fischer as Maple Grove football and boys basketball coach. While Fischer was on a year-to-year appointment as football coach that wouldn’t have been acted on until at least May, a statement from Fischer makes it clear his days on the sideline at Maple Grove are over. Fischer’s Maple Grove career ends with 221 career football coaching victories, two state championships and consecutive appearances in the state championship game the past two seasons. School officials said, in a statement, that Fischer asked for an unpaid leave of absence before submitting his resignation. It is unfortunate that such a successful career has come to such an abrupt halt.

Thumbs up to a income-based membership rates at the Jamestown and Lakewood YMCA. Mark Eckendorf, Jamestown Area YMCA CEO, said the new rate schedule is now dependent on a person or family’s household-income. We hope the change means more families are able to make sue of the YMCA, especially at a time when childhood obesity is 36.2 percent countywide, according to the 2016-18 Chautauqua County 2016-2018 Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plan and Community Service Plan. If makes little sense to have facilities that offer as much as the YMCA does if people can’t afford to use it. Kudos to the YMCA board for trying to find ways to make the YMCA available to more county residents. We hope the move isn’t too little, too late, given the competition the YMCA faces from new companies like Planet Fitness, the Fitness Bunker and SNAP Fitness.

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