Highs and lows Some of the best, worst of the week

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

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LAUGHTER FROM LA – Karen Volpe, a Cherry Creek native, is bringing her Los Angeles comedy group The Boobe Sisters, to the local area. Tonight the group will be at Feegan’s Witch Kitch in Sinclairville. A week from today they will be at Webb’s Captain’s Table Restaurant in Mayville. And during the week they’ll be doing workshops at JCC, Bemus Point Elementary, Girl Scout groups in Sherman, Frewsburg Central School, and Dunkirk School 7. Finally, they’ll finish up their visit to Chautauqua County with a performance for all ages at the Lucy-Desi Museum on Sunday, Oct. 30. The group has a lot of experience and we hope the students who get to see them appreciate all the hard work they’ve done to be as funny as they are!

FLOWER POWER – Oct. 19 was National Petal It Forward Day. To celebrate the day, M&R Greenhouses handed out free bouquets of flowers. Recipients were encouraged to give away of one the two bouquets they received. This was a great idea and one that we hope more people will participate in next year!

FEEDING FREDONIA – Four thousand, seven hundred pounds is a lot of food. But that’s what people in the Fredonia area donated during this year’s Feeding Fredonia Challenge. The goal of the event was 5,750, so they fell a little short, but still we want to applaud those that donated as well as those who helped organize the event. “We’re thankful for everything received and it make a tremendous difference,” said the Rev. Cynthia Wickwire Lundquist. We agree.

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BAD WATER NOTIFICATION – On Oct. 13, the Forestville Central School was notified that lead in the school’s water was found to exceed state safety standards in several of the water samples taken from select fixtures from the elementary school. On Oct. 18, parents were notified about the lead levels through a letter. In Silver Creek, it was notified on Oct. 11 there was lead in the school’s water, but they didn’t notify parents until Oct. 17. According to Silver Creek Superintendent Todd Crandall, a plan had to be in place before a letter could be sent to parents. Why? A simple reverse phone call to the school districts stating that lead was found in the water and the district is working on a plan would have been better than waiting for a letter to be sent out after the plan was formulated.

Highs and lows Some of the best, worst of the week

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

BEST

YOUTUBE STARS – There are many of us who have posted videos to YouTube – or at least know someone who has. Michael and Clare O’Connell of Forestville are two young people who did, singing happy birthday to their uncle. Well, the producers of the Hollywood movie “Approaching the Unknown” starring Mark Strong and Luke Wilson saw their video and asked for permission to use the video in their movie. The film is about an astronaut who travels to Mars. In the movie, he watches the video as though he was their uncle. If you didn’t see the movie during its limited release in theaters this summer, you’re in luck. The movie has been released to DVD and Blu-Ray this past week. Check it out and be proud of our local students.

STRONG MAN SALUTE – Congratulations to Brocton native Don Reinhoudt. The 1970s “World’s Strongest Man” will be inducted into the New York State Strength and Power Hall of Fame. Reinhoudt has made our area proud for all of his feats. This is a well deserved honor.

OVERDUE HONORS – On March 12, 2001, U.S. Army Sergeant Phillip Freligh made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The Ripley native was killed while serving in Kuwait. He died while participating in a live-fire exercise. Last weekend, Sen. Cathy Young presented Freligh’s family with medals and badges to “honor the veteran who left our shores and put himself on the line to serve our country in distant lands, far from his home, family and community.” It may be 18 years ago, but our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

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TOUGH START ON ICE – Thursday was the kick off for the Buffalo Sabres hockey season. Going into the season, there were high expectations. A goalie that was injured most of the year would return. A young star, Jack Eichel, was beginning his sophomore season. The team was starting to come together. Then a day before the season began, Eichel got hurt and could be out until Thanksgiving. During the opening game, the team lost 4-1 to the Canadiens and another star on the team Evander Kane, was injured and sent to the hospital. This is not the way to start a season. But it’s an 82-game season. Perhaps the team will follow the path of the Buffalo Bills, moving forward when no one expected them to. The team has not made the playoff over the last five years. Let’s cross our fingers and hope they’re able to keep it together while their star players are out.

Highs and lows Some of the best, worst of the week

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

BEST

MARCHING AGAIN – Last Friday was the North Collins homecoming parade. But there was something extra special about it this year. Leading the parade was the school marching band. It was the first time the school had a marching band in more than 20 years. “It is very exciting for everyone,” said Ruth Davis, who is the marching band teacher. We applaud those involved in bringing the band back and hope they are given opportunities to play elsewhere this school year.

POLICE HONORS – Across America, there continues to grow a distrust between the police and the community, especially in inner cities, where police have shot and killed suspects. Seeing this growing divide, the Westfield Ministerial Association decided to do something about it. On Wednesday, the organization, which represents seven different churches, provided a dinner for officers in appreciation of their service. Just like National Night Out, events like this improve communications between police and the general public. We applaud the organizers of this event.

ON THE TRAILS – On Monday, a ribbon-cutting was held in Charlotte. But this wasn’t for a new business. Instead, it was for a new walkway for horses. After more than five years, equestrians can enjoy 20 additional miles of trails, running from the northern tip of Boutwell Hill State Forest through the town and village of Cherry Creek. This is the third of a four-phase project. Work on the final phase will begin next spring. It’s been a long process, but something that will be definitely be treasured and valued.

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YELLING AT THE MESSENGER – Silver Creek Mayor Nick Piccolo was upset about Monday’s OBSERVER article “‘Number Two’ is number one problem at Silver Creek beach.” In the article, our reporter noted that during a previous meeting resident Dan Pope brought up concerns about people leaving dog waste on the beach, individuals urinating on the beach, and individuals who sleep in the gazebo overnight. At the next village board meeting, Piccolo criticized our staff writer for the article and began yelling at her during the public meeting. Our staff writer did not make up these complaints. She just reported what was said during the meeting. We’re glad that Piccolo addressed the concerns of this resident, however he should not be yelling at reporters for doing their job. If Piccolo has an issue with an article, we invite him to contact either Managing Editor Gregory Bacon or Publisher John D’Agostino. That kind of behavior is simply uncalled for.

Highs and lows: Some of the best, worst of the week

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

BEST

HILLBILLY OLYMPIAN RETURNS – Like she did four years ago, Olympic pole vaulter Jenn Suhr will be holding a public vaulting event today in Fredonia. Because of the possibility of rain, the homecoming celebration will take place indoors, at Steele Hall, SUNY Fredonia. Doors will open at 3 p.m. and there will be an autograph signing afterward. This will be a USA Track and Field Sanctioned Event, so there will be other standout men and women pole vaulters as well. There is no charge to attend. On Friday, Suhr posted on Facebook: “This Hillbilly is headed home! My high school mascot has changed looks over the years but we are still proud Hillbillies!” It should be a lot of fun!

FORESTVILLE FALL FEST – This weekend marks the return of the Forestville Fall Fest. The forecast doesn’t look perfect, but it will be fun nonetheless. Today there will be a craft show, vendors, food and more at the Forestville school. Sunday’s fun continues with a chicken barbecue, a parade at 1 p.m. and a Dress Up Your Pet contest and a Dress Up Your Bike contest. And don’t worry, organizers don’t need to have an incorporated village to bring back the Forestville Fall Fest next year.

RESPONSE FOR GUS – Gus, the 2-year-old English mastiff found near death in a ditch, is making his way through a slow, painful recovery. His medical expenses could reach $10,000. The dog was adopted by Korinne Best. She, her husband and four children also have three other dogs, a horse and a duck. The local community has stepped up their support for Gus. So far, $1,685 has been raised through a Go Fund Me account. Forestville fifth- and sixth-grade students will sell baked good and popcorn today at the Forestville Fall Fest. Also, a number of “Save Gus the Mastiff” fundraiser jars are set up at multiple area businesses. We wish Gus a speedy recovery and thank the local community for their response in helping the Best family fund Gus’ expenses.

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FREDONIA SCHOOL MAILING – Residents in the Fredonia Central School District received a letter stating how Senator Cathy Young delivered $14 million for the school, an increase of nearly a million dollars from the previous year. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. The letter doesn’t state how the Gap Elimination Adjustment was put to an end in last year’s budget. Like Fredonia school Superintendent Paul DiFonzo said, “We’re appreciative … but we don’t want our taxpayers to look at this and think there’s some sort of bonanza money we received, because that’s not the case.”