HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of the best, worst of the week


SMART GROWTH — Congratulations to both the city of Dunkirk and village of Gowanda. The two municipalities were both awarded $2.5 million from New York state’s Smart Growth Community Fund, which is part of the Buffalo Billion II funding. Dunkirk plans to use the funds to improve the harborfront and improve the connection between SUNY Fredonia, the village of Fredonia and the city of Dunkirk. Gowanda, meanwhile, wants to use the funding to improve Gateway Harbor, enhance Webster and Main streets, improve signage at the downtown entry points and make pedestrian crossing improvements on River Road.

CELEBRATING AUTUMN — This weekend is the annual Fall Festival in Forestville. Mother Nature is cooperating as well. There are times that October can be quite cold, but not this year. It should be a beautiful weekend.

KINDNESS ROCKS –We want to salute the Kindness Rocks Project in Dunkirk, which is in conjunction with Mental Illness Awareness. Throughout October, painted rocks with different phrases are on display. This past week the rocks were at city hall. Future locations include Memorial Park, Bicentennial park and the Dunkirk Public Library. The rocks were painted by therapist Melody DeJohn’s patients and provide positive messages.


CELL PHONE USE — Earlier this past week, the OBSERVER asked readers “Do you use your phone while driving?” Twenty-eight percent of people said they do use their cell phones while driving. It’s unsafe to use your cell phone while driving, not to mention illegal. Police will ticket you if you violate the law. No phone call or text is so important that it can’t wait. Turn your phones off and take a look at them when you’ve arrived and placed your vehicle in park. You’re not only risking your own life, you’re risking the lives of others, including pedestrians and bicyclists.