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

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


SCOUTING VISITORS — It was a great experience to have the Hastings and Rye District Scouts from Hastings, England visiting Camp Merz this past week. There were a number of local boy scouts who got to meet their peers from across the pond. At times we can forget the benefits our area has. They were visiting Canada, but came here because there’s so much more they can do at Camp Merz on Chautauqua Lake that they can’t do elsewhere.

YOUNG’S NEW ROLE — Congratulations to state Sen. Cathy Young. The Olean representative has been selected by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to a member of the first-ever New York State Council of Women and Girls. Cuomo launched the council in an effort to protect and advance the opportunities for women and young females. Young mentioned she sees a need to bring more resources, attention and focus on women and young girls in rural areas. We think she will be an excellent voice on this panel.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES AVAILABLE — Today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. backpacks filled with school supplies will be available. The event is being sponsored by a Team of Hope, H.O.P.E (Hispanics Organized for Progress and Education), SUNY JCC, Friendship Baptist Church and Agricultural Transport. Another give-away is set for Thursday, Aug. 17 from 1-3 p.m. at the Salvation Army in Dunkirk, sponsored by The Chautauqua Center. These events help get students ready for the start of school.


KID ARSONIST — Kudos to the Gowanda Police Department for solving an arson at 28 Jamestown St., which destroyed the building, valued at $200,000. The sad part is the suspect is a 12-year-old. The juvenile has been sent to Family Court. We don’t know what caused this young person to commit such a heinous crime. We just hope the child gets the counseling necessary to realize the danger of arson, which not only can destroy buildings, but take away lives.