Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a Chautauqua Region Community Foundation grant that will help the Salvation Army better help people coming to the agency’s food pantry. The $5,000 grant will help the Salvation Army to buy items like enough chicken, beef, fish, beans, peanut butter, and juice that aren’t always donated by the public or through partnerships with other organizations; all of which means the Salvation Army can provide a more balanced three-day supply of food for those who qualify for help. More than 5,100 people rely on the Salvation Army each year for food alone, with the agency also helping 58 families with furniture, 26 families with emergency energy assistance and more than 350 infants with diapers and formula. Thumbs up to both the foundation and the Salvation Army for continuing to fill a vital need in our community.

Thumbs up to some quick thinking that spread some local art throughout Sherman recently. The family of renowned local painter John Fiet donated 10 of his works to the Sherman Historical Society, which subsequently delivered the artwork to various locations throughout the town because the society’s unheated buildings that make up the Yorker Museum weren’t suitable to store paintings. Fiet painted all his life and enjoyed people seeing his paintings. He was born in Holland and went to an evening art school where he worked on his talents. He first lived in the Clymer area before moving to Sherman, where he lived on East Main Street. The unnamed paintings have been placed at the Sherman Town Office, Sherman Village Office, Community Bank, Minerva Library and Sherman Central School. We’re glad a family’s generosity and some quick thinking mean Sherman residents will be able to enjoy Fiet’s paintings for a while longer.

Thumbs up to David Winner, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown president, for designing and building a book box that is now located in front of the Prendergast Avenue church. Children and parents are invited to stop by and select one of the books inside that they can keep as their own. Winner, wood craftsman and Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown president, volunteered to design and build the Book Box for the latest project of the church’s Social Justice Committee. After meeting with someone who undertook a similar project, the congregation’s Social Justice Committee decided to promote reading by getting books to children who might not have them. It funded church member and Washington Middle School English as a New Language teacher Emily Garrick’s purchase of books for her students and provided books to Fletcher Elementary School kindergarteners. Information about Free Books for Kids Town can be found at facebook.com/FreeBooksForKidsTown.