Allegany State Park will receive $1.5 million — the state has allocated $1 million to rehabilitate deteriorated campsites and $500,000 to repair and resurface roadways — after a funding announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo this past week.

 

The announcement came on the heels of news late last week from Allegany State Park Manager Gary Quattrone that crews started on the park’s unrelated cabin-construction work. The work will be done with the help of a $420,000 grant from the Empire State Development Corp. — part of the larger $2.1 million project.

 

The high-end cabins will be constructed in a meadow along Bova Road in the Red House area and on Parallel Trail in the Quaker area. They’ll include a bathroom with shower facilities, kitchen, dining room and bedrooms, Mr. Quattrone told the Times Herald. The cabins can be booked up to nine months in advance at a cost of $695 per week, or $173.75 a night, he added.

 

The improvements will be welcome at the state park, where funding for maintenance and enhancements had been put on hold because of a tight state budget. The park’s roads are badly in need of maintenance, while the higher-end cabins are likely to bring a few more visitors to the area who might otherwise look askance at more spartan accommodations.

 

Among the many charms of Allegany State Park is its rustic appearance and experience, something that we would never want to see eclipsed by fancier, upscale cabins that are out of reach for many visitors who enjoy the park. But a few more comforts could bring more folks with money to spend throughout the area — and that’s a good thing.

 

We approve of the proactive approach taken by the Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) in seeking to tap into potential growth of Canadian companies into Western New York through the CanAm Partnership.

 

Corey Wiktor, IDA executive director, recently became a member of the CanAm Council of Buffalo Niagara Partnership. That networking, he said this past week, may already be paying off. He spoke to one group of Canadian Realtors in Ontario recently who took note immediately when he mentioned he represented the Cattaraugus County IDA in Ellicottville.

 

The connection between Canadian money and Ellicottville is obvious. Canadian business interests already have a strong presence in the village, and perhaps more investment on their part could result from marketing the Ellicottville area and Cattaraugus County as a whole.

 

As it was pointed out during an IDA discussion this past week with a business development manager for CanAm Partnership, finding a foothold in the U.S. market is an attractive prospect for Canadian companies. The synergies that already exist between Canadian interests and Cattaraugus County are definitely an asset in perhaps finding more firms that want to make that step south of the border.

Considering the physical demands that come with being a cheerleader for an NFL team — it’s not all about just being a pretty face — perhaps one might wonder how more members of the Buffalo Jills haven’t sought compensation over the years.

 

In a lawsuit against the Buffalo Bills and current and former managing interests of the Jills, five former Jills are suing for payment and other considerations for the many unpaid hours they spent during games, practicing and making appearances. They also claim in their suit to being exposed to groping and sexual comments.

 

It perhaps comes as a surprise that the Jills have never been a paid squad and that the NFL franchise they represent with such enthusiasm has little or nothing to do with their activities or management. (The Bills ran for cover this week, opting not to comment.) The young women practice and appear for free. According to the lawsuit, they even have to pay for their own uniforms. The payback for many NFL cheerleaders — other teams in the league have similar arrangements — has always been that a spot on a squad is good exposure for, say, an aspiring model, dancer or actress, while it is also simply fun and a privilege to be a part of the game-day pageantry.

 

The lawsuit by the former Jills, as well as cheerleaders for other clubs in the NFL, could spell the beginning of the end for the quid pro quo arrangement that would appear to tilt heavily in favor of the teams. Whether fans believe a squad of cheerleaders is essential to the game-day experience or not, it’s difficult to argue that the women don’t deserve some sort of tangible compensation for their efforts.

 

Pay the Jills.

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