Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Chautauqua County Legislature’s decision to approve $16,888,000 in bonds to pay for the design and construction of a South Chautauqua Lake Sewer District extension as well as a resolution allowing the county to acquire the North Harmony Sewer District Facilities for the extension. Sewering the lake won’t solve all of the weed and algae problems we have seen in the past decade, but it will definitely help. It’s easy for legislators to talk about the importance of a healthy Chautauqua Lake and the need to build sewers around the lake; it’s difficult to cast a vote in favor of nearly $17 million worth of debt for the project. Seventeen million dollars is a lot of money, but it pales in comparison to the cost of doing nothing.

Thumbs down to the differing spring breaks for area schools and BOCES. While BOCES uses a split break schedule — with one week off in February and another at the end of March — some schools continue to take two weeks off later in the spring. Overall, it leads to plenty of confusion and problems for students who attend schools that do not follow the BOCES calendar. If all school districts and BOCES truly exist to better the learning experience for our students, they need to start being adults and come up with a consistent educational calendar for this county.

Thumbs up to Persell Middle School students for joining the “Stand Tall With Cody” movement by wearing red to school. Cody Crandall, a former Persell Middle School student, is awaiting a heart transplant at the University at Rochester Medical Center, and Persell’s student body wanted to show their support for the Persell alumnus. In addition to wearing red, Persell students held a Hat Day for Cody collecting $250. Students also created and mailed cards to Crandall, a Post-Journal sports reporter, wishing him a quick recovery. We’re sure Cody enjoyed the cards and well-wishes from the students. And, while we’re at it, we hope anyone who is willing and able considers signing up to be an organ donor. It takes about five minutes and can be done online at or