Some of the best, worst of the week

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


CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS — The holiday season is upon us. A number of local communities have or will be holding Christmas-themed events. Last weekend Dunkirk lit the Christmas tree. This weekend Gowanda, Fredonia, Cherry Creek and Silver Creek are all holding Christmas celebrations. More communities are celebrating next weekend as well. Make sure you attend one and make some memories!

TEACHER HONORS — After teaching more than 40 years in the Forestville Central School District, Jeff Geblein will soon be retiring from the music department. He was recently awarded The Resource Center’s Community Support Award. It was a well deserved honor. Geblein has touched the lives of many students. We salute him for his service to the community.

BUSINESS EXPANSION — We’re excited to hear the news that AgriAmerica of Silver Creek is expanding its juice business and will be purchasing the vacant factory building at 200 Water St., Fredonia. The building, which is owned by Cott, hasn’t been used in several years. AgriAmerica will use the building to make grape juice, specifically kosher juice. We wish them the best.


GOOD MAN QUITS — Bert Lictus is ending his time as superintendent at Clymer Central School and will remain only at Panama. Who can blame him? Before the failed merger vote, about 25 “vote no merger” signs were placed in his front yard. He admitted that he felt concerned, especially since no one would take responsibility for the signs, which would have required someone to trespass on his property in order to place them there. We said before on this page, Panama needed to rethink its shared partnership with Clymer. Now Clymer is without a top school administrator. The Clymer School Board wanted to go on its own. It got its wish.