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

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


FREDONIA HOOPS — It was a great year on the hardwood. On Friday, the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies basketball season came to an end, making it to the final four in the state championship! It was an amazing run! Because the team won the Far West Regionals the week before, a banner will be hanged in Fredonia gym. Future teams will be able to look up when playing in the gym and know how hard this team worked.

OTHER HOOPS — Fredonia may have gone further than any other local basketball team, but there were other teams that had successful seasons as well. The Chautauqua Lake Girls basketball team won the C-1 title, while the Chautauqua Lake Boys basketball team was the Class C crossover champion. For the girls team, it was their third sectional title in four years, while the boys team made it to their first ever Far West Regional game. Congratulations to both teams as well as all the other schools that worked hard this year.

MAPLE WEEKEND — There may be snow on the ground, but this weekend signifies a sign of spring. Today and Sunday, as well as next weekend, are Maple weekends in New York state. There’s a number of area farms participating, including Sprague’s Maple Farms in Portville, Fairbanks Maple Products in Forestville, Ploetz’s Maple Syrup in Springville, Johnson Estate in Westfield, Harrington Maple in Westfield, and Maple Glen Sugarhouse in Gowanda, just to name a few. The Gowanda Fire Department will also be serving an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast made with local syrup from Maple Glen Sugarhouse. Get out this weekend or next, see how maple syrup is made and buy some local syrup products. You won’t be disappointed.


ESCAPED CONVICT — First of all, we want to applaud the local law enforcement for capturing Jacob Raynor, who escaped police custody during an appearance at Charlotte town court. However, we have to think Raynor would have not made an escape like that had his appearance taken place in Mayville or some other high traffic court site. Communities like Charlotte have their own town courts, but they can’t afford the security like Jamestown, Dunkirk or Mayville. It begs the question, why are there so many courts across Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties? A centralized court system would be safer, more convenient and more efficient in the long run.