Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Jamestown, Chautauqua County and town plow crews who did a yeomanlike job this week keeping streets as clear as possible when parts of Chautauqua County received more than twice the snow they were expected to see. Jamestown, which was forecast to receive 6 to 10 inches of snow, ended up getting more than 20 inches of snow during the two-day storm. While conditions were slick, roads were generally passable. That’s quite an accomplishment when dealing with a couple of inches of fresh snow per hour.

Thumbs down to the continued lack of bell ringers for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. In a Facebook post Thursday, the drive has only reached 11 percent of its goal with roughly four weeks remaining. The biggest factor in the disappointing results thus far are the lack of volunteers to stand next to a kettle and ring a bell. No volunteers mean there are no buckets for donations. Surely, southern Chautauqua County can scrape up enough willing bell ringers to help the Salvation Army meet its $112,000 Red Kettle Campaign goal. To volunteer, call 664-4108.

Thumbs up to the Blue Star Mothers and the Veterans of Modern Warfare Chapter 20 in Jamestown for their efforts to make sure soldiers serving overseas can have a touch of home at Christmas. The local VMW chapter is selling Christmas trees and wreaths outside the Harley Davidson of Jamestown store in Falconer from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday to raise money. To request a package for a service member, write to VMW CH 20, 2538 Fisher Hill Road, Kennedy, NY 14747 or call Melodie Paladino at 450-6768.