Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Mitchell Anderson, a Jamestown native whose Netflix show, “After Forever,” recently took home five Daytime Emmy Awards. Anderson himself was nominated for his performance as well, though he didn’t win a solo award. Anderson, 57, is best known for his TV roles in “Doogie Howser, MD” and “Party of Five,” Richard Carpenter in “The Karen Carpenter Story,” and on film, “Relax, It’s Just Sex.” In addition to acting, Anderson owns a restaurant, MetroFresh, in Atlanta. Anderson was raised in Jamestown, one of six children; graduated from Jamestown High School in 1979, attended Williams College and The Julliard School of Music. “It was incredible to win. Really, just to be nominated. It didn’t even occur to me when we shot in the spring of 2017 that this was even possible. It was great to be invited to the Emmys — something that in all my years of acting professionally, I never was. And to be part of an Emmy winning series is spectacular,” he said.

Thumbs down to another theft of public money, albeit small, from a local government agency. The former assistant treasurer of the Chautauqua County Water and Soil District, was charged with petit larceny after the state Comptroller’s Office discovered a gap between cash fees collected and the amount deposited in the bank over a six-year period. She resigned after 26 years of county employment and agreed to pay back the $4,100 in restitution. At least the amount of money taken was small and will be paid back, but it is disappointing nonetheless.

Thumbs up to the countless volunteers who are organizing area Memorial Day parades and ceremonies. Putting together these events, whether large or small, requires a lot of planning, particularly those organizing Jamestown’s parade and Soldier’s Circle ceremony. Jamestown’s Memorial Day parade begins at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27, with line-up starting at 9 a.m. To participate, call Melodie Paladino United Veterans Council of Jamestown secretary, at 450-6768.