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

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


SINGING SUCCESS — For the first time in more than 50 years, a student from Westfield Academy Central School has been chosen for the All Eastern High School Choir. Elena Cockram has spent the last three days practicing in Atlantic City for the All Eastern High School Concert scheduled for today. Cockram scored a 100 on Level 6, the highest score possible. This is quite an honor both for Cockram herself and the Westfield community.

GETTING THEIR DIPLOMAS — Leonard Joseph Coniglio, a World War II veteran, and George Topczij, a Korean War veteran, both recently received their high school diplomas, decades after leaving high school early to serve their country. These men, like many others, should be applauded for their services. We are glad they were able to get their diplomas through the Operation Recognition. It is long overdue.

PLAYING PICKLEBALL — According to Mike Ferguson, USA Pickleball Association Ambassador, the informational pickleball meeting was a success. “We had a wonderful turnout and expect big things to happen throughout Chautauqua County because of your support. Brocton already has 5 courts lined in their main gym and is teaching the game to both Middle and High School players. I hear that Fredonia is doing the same,” he wrote in an e-mail.” According to Ferguson, more than 250 people in the Dunkirk/Fredonia area have played the game in the past year. For more information on the sport, visit www.usapa.org or contact the Northern Chautauqua pickleball Club at chautauquapickleball@gmail.com or call 627-8999.


SOUTH COUNTY ARSONIST — Jonathan H. Young, 19, of Jamestown has been arrested for allegedly starting a dozen fires throughout Falconer and Jamestown. The young man has yet to confess to the crimes or been proven guilty by a court of law. Still, we have to wonder, what goes through an arsonist’s mind that he/she wants to destroy property and potentially lives. Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi called it “a crime against human beings,” noting that lives are put at risk every time there is an arson. Should he be found guilty, we hope he serves a serious prison sentence to send a message that arson should and will not be tolerated in Chautauqua County.