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

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

BEST

DRUG BUSTS — Police have been very busy lately, cracking down on drug dealers. Dunkirk saw two major drug busts in the past week alone. It’s easy to negative and focus on the never-ending cycle of illegal drugs coming into our community, but we want to instead be positive and applaud the officers who work tirelessly trying to get these drug pushers off our streets.

BOOK AND PAPER SHOW — A popular event is returning to Westfield today. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Eason Hall (23 Elm St.) will be the Vintage Book and Paper Show. Presented by the Chautauqua County Historical Society, the show features more than 20 different dealers on hand selling vintage and rare books, historic maps, old photographs, postcards, posters, sports memorabilia and much more.

AUTISM AWARENESS — Maureen Bialaszewski, who teaches at the BOCES LoGuidice Center in Fredonia, has been a special education teacher for 37 years. This year, like in years past, she spear-headed “Showcase of Autism Awareness.” Students walked through the halls at the school and participated in different activities, including decorating cookies, playing with homemade toys, arts and crafts, and going through an obstacle course. Events like these are important to children and parents alike. We applaud Bialaszewski and others who helped make this event possible.

WORST

HUNTING ACCIDENT — Monday marked the opening day of spring turkey season. Next to deer season, hunting turkeys is probably the most popular hunting sport locally. Unlike deer season where hunters dress in bright orange, turkey hunters dress in camouflage and make turkey calls, trying to lure in a bird. Turkey hunting can be very rewarding, but it can be dangerous too, if one is not extremely careful. On opening day, a 17-year-old teenager got hit in the torso by part of a discharged round by another hunting party.

Here are some basic safety tips:

¯ Never shoot at sound or movement. If you don’t see what you’re shooting, don’t take a shot.

¯ Be sure of your target and beyond before you pull the trigger.

¯ Avoid the colors red, white and blue (which are the colors of a gobbler’s head.)

¯ Assume every sound is a hunter.

¯ When possible, sit against a tree or a rock to give yourself protection.

After being hit, the teenager was treated and released. Let’s hope this is the only hunting accident we have this season.

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