HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of the best, worst of the week — July 1

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


NATION HELPS WITH WATER — For two years, 37 households in the hamlet of Lawtons have been unable to get drinkable water. However, thanks to an agreement with the Seneca Nation of Indians, that will soon be fixed. The town of North Collins and the Seneca Nation of Indians have agreed on a deal that will allow Lawtons to purchase water from the Nation and construct a connection pipeline on Seneca Street. We applaud the Seneca Nation for being part of this needed solution.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARGARET — Longtime columnist Margaret Valone had her birthday in June. The OBSERVER invited readers to send a letter to our office and we would deliver them to her. We ended up bringing her about 145 birthday cards! Thank you to all those who thought of her. It was a sweet gesture.

SALUTING VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS — Around 9:45 a.m. Thursday, a call came in for a chemical fire in a dumpster at 16 Mechanic St., Silver Creek. Not knowing what the chemical was, an alert was sent out advising residents to stay inside with their doors and windows shut. But that alert didn’t stop the many volunteer firefighters who showed up in their turnout gear, ready to do what is necessary to stop a poison from spreading in the village. Like professional firefighters, volunteers need to be ready in a moment’s notice, and don’t always know what they’re getting into.


YOUNG BURGLARS — Two boys were taken in custody this past week after breaking into Mad Matter & More in Dunkirk. Police said the boys, ages 11 and 12, broke in around 2:30 a.m. smashing in the window in the process. We do wonder how the boys were able to get out of their homes in the middle of the night and if their parents knew they were missing. Let’s hope after a Family Court appearance the boys realize the dangerous path they’re headed on and make better choices in the future.