Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Marcos Figueroa, organizer of the fourth annual Lip Sync Battle fundraiser, which begins at 7 p.m. today at the Celoron American Legion, located at the corner of Fairmount and Jackson avenues in West Ellicott. Money raised through the Lip Sync Battle will be donated to the Mark Pacheco WOW (Working on Wonders) Fund. The WOW Fund awards money to people with special needs so they can do things they may not otherwise be able to afford, such as attend a sporting event or a concert. The fund was created in memory of Mark Pacheco, an employee of The Resource Center who died in 2010 of injuries sustained in an altercation on a Jamestown street Pacheco’s family and friends suggested the establishment of the WOW Fund as a tribute to him and to create something positive from his death. Pacheco’s death was a tragedy. Thumbs up to Figueroa for not letting his friend’s memory fade while raising money for a good cause at the same time.

Thumbs down to another snapshot showing jobs losses in Chautauqua County. Earlier this week, the state Labor Department released its July jobs report. While the release trumpeted the state’s overall jobs gain over the last 12 months, smaller counties continued to struggle, including Chautauqua County, which lost another 1,100 jobs over the last 12 months. County residents keep hearing there are new jobs coming online and a ton of open jobs waiting to be filled. At some point, one would think that would lead to a positive year-over-year jobs statistic.

Thumbs up to the Village Casino for breaking the world record for chicken wings served in a 24-hour period. The casino sold 40,520 wings, a new Guinness World Record, while bringing a community of chicken wing lovers together in Bemus Point. The best part of the story, however, is that thousands of dollars were raised to benefit the Bemus Point-Stow Ferry, Bemus Point Library, Bemus Point Volunteer Fire Department and local American Red Cross branch. Not only was the event fun for those who took part, but some worthy organizations will benefit.