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

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


BUILDING COMMUNITY — A dilapidated home in Westfield is reaping the rewards of some dedicated volunteers. Habitat for Humanity has taken on bettering the Beckman Avenue house for a future family. If you’re looking for something to do today, Habitat for Humanity works every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the site. Anyone who would like to join in can show up. No special skills are required and refreshments are available during break time.

SUMMER PICNIC — It used to be that a signal to the end of summer was Labor Day. Dunkirk festivals, however, has changed that perception for a bit. On Sunday, the fifth Picnic at the Point will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Children can enjoy a water slide and bounce house and their parents will enjoy the live music provided by No Limit from 1 to 4 p.m. and La Krema from 4 to 7 p.m. On the down side, it will be a little cool. Bring a jacket just in case.

DIAMOND CELEBRATION — Last weekend, the Westfield Memorial Hospital marked 75 years in a special community event. Games and food were a part of the festivities, but the survival and success of the institution deserves plenty of applause. Moving forward, a new emergency room and an electronic medical record system are part of coming improvements. Great news for a hospital that 10 years ago was facing an uncertain future.


SUMMER’S FINAL DAYS — Autumn seemed to come far too early this year … like two weeks ago. Many residents have been wearing sweaters and using blankets — in early September — while attending high school sporting events or family gatherings. At least our conditions, though quite unseasonable, are better than what’s occurring in Texas and Florida. Keep those residents in your thoughts and prayers.