Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Clymer Future Business Leader of America for its focus on helping area veterans. For the past three years, the Clymer Central School club has been placing flags on the graves of more than 300 resting veterans in preparation for Memorial Day. The students have also clipped more than $3 million dollars in coupons for deployed military families in Germany. More recently, the FBLA club spearheaded the entire school population to write notes of appreciation, poems and create artwork for veterans within the local area, with many of the notes assembled into books that were bound and presented to Clymer-area veterans who attended a special veteran’s recognition breakfast at the school in November which was planned, prepared and served by the Clymer FBLA students. After the event, those special cards, notes and artwork were given to Erie Veterans Medical Center and some were sent to new recruits in Parris Island, S.C. Students also prepared Christmas cards that were sent to new recruits who were spending their first Christmas away from home. Finally, the the Clymer students invited the entire school population to create valentines for deployed troops and the 50 veteran residents at the Erie VA Medical Center. A personal care item drive was also held, resulting in 50 care packages that were shared with the residents at the Erie VA. The rest of the items collected, including snack items, were packaged with the valentine cards and shipped to soldiers in Afghanistan. The group of future business leaders are on a path to be something even more important — future great people.

Thumbs down to allegations that a Jamestown man was creating fake social media accounts to harass or annoy people. The 18-year-old was allegdly creating social media accounts and assuming people’s identities before he was charged earlier this week with second-degree aggravated harassment and criminal impersonation by Ellicott police officers. We don’t often hear about these charges, but the behavior seems all too common. Perhaps if more people accused of such online behavior faced some sort of criminal charge, the behavior would go away.

Thumbs up to upgrades at the Myers Memorial Library and the work by recently hired librarian Izabela Nowak to secure the money needed for the project. The library’s children’s room was expanded while a community room was added. The children’s room has a play area with toys and is stocked with new books. The community room has reading tables and a Sony PlayStation 4 video game console. Both rooms feature computers and televisions. In addition, a kitchen, new restrooms, and a changing station has been installed. Both rooms also have the ability to be rearranged for public events. Early in her tenure, Nowak said it was important for the library for modernize to better appeal to youth in the Frewsburg area. She’s done exactly that — and done it pretty quickly to boot.

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