HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of the best, worst of the week — July 8

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

BEST

REPORTED BURGLARIES — Over the holiday weekend, three residents in the Ripley area were burglarized during the overnight hours, while the residents were home asleep. In all three cases, residents had left their doors unlocked. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office sent out a news release about the incidents, warning residents to keep their doors locked at night. Their actions may have helped prevent future burglaries. It also keeps a community watching out for suspects. That’s how police and the public can work together to protect communities.

BUSY DUNKIRK — Saturday morning the skies looked threatening, but Mother Nature gave Dunkirk a helping hand by cleaning out the rain early, which permitted the Dunkirk-Lake Shore Air Show to take place. Sunday, too, had clear skies for day two of the air show. Monday there were excellent bands performing at the pier and Tuesday had great bands, plus fabulous fireworks. All in all, it was a great four-day weekend for Dunkirk. We applaud the city planners who not only put on a great event for local residents, but also brought tourists to the area.

LUCKY DACHSHUND — Marty Schrader’s 19-year-old dachshund Archie somehow fell 8 feet straight down a into a cleanup water pipe last week in Dunkirk. Animal control officer Steve Purol was able to catch the dog using a noose and catching pole. It took about an hour but thankfully he was able to pull the dog out safely. That’s one lucky pup!

WORST

ATV SAFETY — Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Joseph Ernst of Depew. The 35-year-old was killed while riding an All-Terrain Vehicle on South Hill Road in the town of Colden. Sheriff deputies said it appears Ernst was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. ATVs are popular in rural areas. Don’t go riding them without the proper headgear. Be safe and put on a helmet.

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