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

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


STILL GOING STRONG — Happy birthday wishes go out to Helen Grande, who turns 106 on Wednesday! Grande has been alive for over 38,700 days and has seen countless milestones in our nation’s history. Staff at the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehab Center say her complimentary and positive outlook make her a joy to be around. We hope Grande has a wonderful birthday!

MAKING THE TEAM — Congratulations to Chautauqua Lake junior Devin Pope, who was named to the New York State Sportswriters Association First Team. This school year, Pope averaged 28.2 points per game. He led the Thunderbirds in points, rebounds (194), steals (118) and blocks (26). It is nice to see this latest accolade offer a perfect endcap to an amazing season for the Thunderbirds.

THROWN A LIFESAVER — We all know state Sen. Catharine Young fights hard for her area. It appears she came through again with more transition aid as a result of the mothballed NRG Energy plant in Dunkirk. The enacted state budget includes $45 million for the power plant mitigation fund established last year, and calls for the mitigation fund to be extended from five years to seven. With NRG’s payments in lieu of taxes to the city of Dunkirk, the Dunkirk City School District and Chautauqua County dramatically curtailed, this added funding should help these three entities prevent expenses from being passed on to other taxpayers while NRG works to bring its plant back online.


DISTURBING THE DEAD — We’re sad to see that centuries-old tombstones were damaged by a tree in the Nashville Cemetery in Hanover. Part of an old maple tree broke off in a storm and flattened grave markers for Ozias Linsley and his wife, Loretta, who died in 1831 and 1856, respectively. Here’s to hoping town officials can properly restore these priceless, historical items and return peace to those who rest there.