A CHEER … to Springtime in Canandaigua, and not just because for the sixth year the arts-and-crafts event marks the arrival of beautiful spring weather (although that’s nothing to sneeze at, or maybe, depending on allergies). It’s because the event, which continues until 5 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center, raises money to help buy equipment for the new Dr. Laurie Sands & Constellation Brands Breast Imaging Center.
A JEER … to the $40 million of state grant money headed to the Greater Rochester International Airport for a new parking lot that will accommodate 31 vehicles and smartphones. An electric vehicle charging station also is planned and, at least according to the plans we’ve seen online, a multicolored overhang. So much to say, but we’ll be brief. With all the state could be doing to help upstate, this might be at the bottom of the list. Local officials said the investment may entice business travelers to come to the area. Having the state invest millions into businesses would be more of an enticement to attract business travelers to the region.
A JEER ... to U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, who told the Daily Messenger this week he doesn’t do town halls because they are “protestors, it’s Democrat, political, witch hunt, nothing more.” Furthermore, Collins cuts out constituents who don’t agree with him. “My supporters know I am there for them,” Collins said. “I talk to them, answer their letters, meet with them in my office. I am very comfortable that I am tuned in to to what is going on in my district.” Congressman, if you are listening only to your supporters, then no, you are not tuned in to the concerns of all of your constituents.
A CHEER … to organizers of today's Bridge of Diversity fair planned for downtown Canandaigua. The first-time event, from noon to 5 p.m. at Commons Park, is intended to promote and welcome diversity in the city and beyond, while bringing community members together for informal talks, activities, food and entertainment. “We want to break down the wall of uncomfortableness,” says Dorren Allen-Carr, student life specialist for diversity and inclusiveness at Finger Lakes Community College.
A CHEER … to Honeoye Central School District art teacher Tim Williams, for spearheading a project that helped his students connect meaningfully with older adults. The Tim Williams Project at Quail Summit brought 15 student artists — as well as a student photographer and documentary filmmaker — to the Quail Summit in Canandaigua residential community to talk with the residents about their lives and interests, and then work on their portraits. Further cheers to the young artists and their “models,” who got to see the completed artwork on Thursday.
A CHEER ... to local participants in Thursday's United Way Day of Caring. About 350 volunteers signed up to participate in the annual day of service. Close to 60 different projects took place throughout the day, ranging from yard work and cleaning to office duties, building repairs and more. Altogether, the community turned out in force to demonstrate the kinship and work ethic that makes it so special.