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

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


SUCCESS ON ICE — Congratulations to the Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers. Last weekend, the team won its second consecutive state championship! In order to win, the team had to beat the Iroquois Chiefs, which beat them 6-1 when the teams played at KeyBank Ice Arena. The Steelers got revenge, winning 2-1 after earning their way back to the championship round. We also want to give a shout out to head coach Jay Bishop, who has announced he is retiring. Bishop’s desire was to create a hockey program in Northern Chautauqua County that everyone could be proud of. After two state championships, it’s safe to say he accomplished his goal.

SUCCESS ON STAGE — Musical season is here once again. There are a number of schools that are performing on stage. Friday night, Silver Creek Central School staged “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” while Cassadaga Valley Middle/High School staged “The Sound of Music.” Both schools have additional performances tonight. CVCS is also performing next weekend. Westfield Academy and Central School will be performing “Into the Woods” March 24-25. Fredonia is performing “Footloose” March 24-25 as well as March 31 and April 1. Other schools have performances scheduled, as well. These students are working hard. If you get a chance, see them on stage. You won’t be disappointed.

SUCCESS IN SALES — There are a number of local Girl Scouts who are busy selling cookies this year. We want to applaud those girls who participate in selling cookies, applaud the adults who help organize the sales, applaud local businesses who provide space for some troops to sell and applaud the community for buying the cookies.


TEEN TROUBLE — The former Main Street school in Silver Creek has remained vacant for too long. According to village officials, teenagers broke into the building to host a party and vandalize the security measures. Part of the reason we like to highlight events like school sports, music programs and scouts is these are opportunities for young people to stay busy and out of trouble. When young people withdraw from clubs and organizations, they’re more likely to make bad choices. That’s something true of not just students today, but for previous generations, as well.