Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to 20 years of honoring the boating heritage of Chautauqua Lake. Today, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the 20th annual Chautauqua Lake Antique and Classic Boat Show will be held at the Village Park and Village Casino docks in Bemus Point. The event includes water displays on the Village Casino docks, land displays in Bemus Point Village park, boats for sale, a ship store with souvenirs and boat show memorabilia, vendors, basket auction, youth judging program and a people’s choice award. Admission is free. Boats on display in the water and on land may include brands such as Chris-Craft, Century, Hacker, Garwood, Cowell, Lyman, Bezoats, Marinette, Geisler and Old Town as well as home-built entries. For more information, visit, email or find the event’s page on Facebook. This event is an opportunity to remember Chautauqua Lake the way it used to be — packed to the hilt with beautiful old boats.

Thumbs up to the Chautauqua County Health And Human Services Department’s Environmental Health Division for offering Chautauqua Outside text alerts. The alerts will send out up-to-the-minute information on beach closings, algae blooms, tick-borne diseases, poisonous plant identification and other information. There is no cost, though regular messaging rates apply. Health Department officials expect roughly six texts per month in the summer and roughly one per month in the winter. To participate, text “chqoutside” to 31996. There are a lot of ways for people to get information; kudos to the Health Department for realizing that fact and making information available to people wherever they’re carrying their cell phones.

Thumbs up to a state appellate court for protecting the due process of college students. The Fourth Department Appellate Division recently ruled against the State University at Buffalo’s punishment of a student because the record against the student was incomplete. Particularly galling in the case is that university officials asked for another hearing because university officials hadn’t transcribed the disciplinary hearing minutes — meaning that the entire time the case was being adjudicated there was no evidence of the student’s alleged wrongdoing. The Appellate Court ruled there wasn’t enough evidence to uphold the student’s discipline while warning colleges and universities to be mindful of each student’s due process rights during disciplinary hearings. Colleges are right to want to protect their campuses, but they must also make sure students are being treated fairly.