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

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


SHOTGUN SEASON — Good luck to all the deer hunters heading out this morning. Today marks the opening of firearm season. Remember the basic rules of hunting safety: Treat every gun as a loaded gun. Never let the muzzle of a firearm point at anything you do not intend to shoot. Keep your finger off the trigger and out of the trigger guard until your sights are on the target and you are ready to shoot. Always be sure of your target and what is beyond. Follow these basic rules and it should be a good season.

OPERATION BLUE DEATH — Ten alleged drug dealers — nine from Buffalo and one from California — were recently taken off the streets. They are accused of selling pills that looked like oxycodone pills but were made from a toxic mix of fentanyl and acetaminophen and sold in Erie and Chautauqua counties. State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the takedown in a sting called “Operation Blue Death.” These drugs were lethal and may have been responsible for deaths in Northern Chautauqua County. We are glad to see these arrests take place.

FALL MUSICALS — Although a number of schools do their musicals in the spring, there are some that do them in the fall. This weekend, the Dunkirk Middle School is performing “The Lion King Jr.”, Fredonia Middle School is doing “Annie Jr.” and last weekend, Westfield Academy and Central School students from grades 4-12 performed “Joseph and the Amazing Techicolor Dreamcoat.” These students worked hard to get ready for these performances and their talent shows. Good job students!


DEER ACCIDENTS — Paul Phillips of Fredonia has had a rough stretch of luck. He recently hit a deer with his personal car, so he had to get a rental. Then on Thursday, a deer jumped out in front of him in the rental and he swerved to avoid it, landing him in a ditch. With hunting season underway as well as deer mating season (commonly known as the rut), deer are running out in the roads more than usual. Stay safe and use those defensive driving skills.