HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week:


WRETCHED GROUP TRIBUTE — The Wretched Group rock and roll band is returning to the local area for two performances — July 20 at Rookies on the Lake and July 22 at The Clarion Dockside Cafe. These performances will be a bit emotional as they will honor and celebrate the life and memory of Hank McKee, an original founding member of the band, who passed away in 2016. The Wretched Group is a local high school band from the 1960s that reunited in 1999 and has been playing on an annual basis ever since. Those who grew up in the area of a certain age remember The Wretched Group. This will be a fitting tribute.

ICE SKILLS — Good luck to Fredonia native Cody Fleckenstein. The former standout at Nichols School in Amherst is going to the United States Military Academy at West Point to play Division 1 hockey as an Army Black Knight. One of his coaches, Brad Flynn, praised Fleckenstein, not just for his skills, but for his efforts. “I just think that Cody has an extremely high character on and off the ice as a person,” he said. “His attention to detail and his work ethic was second to none on our team.” That’s a compliment all who play in sports should seek.

SPANISH-SPEAKING FIREFIGHTER — The Dunkirk Common Council has decided that for its next opening in the city fire department, a Spanish-speaking individual will be sought. As long as that person is as qualified, there’s nothing wrong with adding that requirement. There are many people in Dunkirk who only speak Spanish. Having someone who is bilingual improves the department. As long as adding person who speaks Spanish does not increase costs or lower standards of getting qualified candidates, then that is something we can support.


WYOMING COUNTY FATAL — Joshua Huntress of Mayville has been charged with manslaughter after he hit two motorcycles, both which had a driver and a passenger, Sunday in Wyoming County. One of the passengers ended up dying from injuries. Allegedly, he was driving under the influence of drugs. This is not the first time he’s been charged with driving under the influence of drugs. On April 24, he veered off Route 430 in Ellery and was charged with driving while ability impaired. When you take certain narcotics, you’re putting your life on a line. When you get behind a wheel, you’re putting the lives of other people on the line.