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

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

BEST

PRESTIGIOUS AWARD — Kelly Zimmerman the Pine Valley Elementary School principal was recently awarded Niagara University’s Educational Leader of the Year. Chandra Foote, the Dean of College Education at NU, said Zimmerman was chosen in part, for her dedication to the teachers, staff, students and families of Western New York, especially students facing significant challenges. “The results have been dramatic. Kelly easily develops rapport with the challenging students as well as with their families and knows just what to do in terms of making connections with them that lead to insightful plans to address difficulties,” said Foote. We offer our congratulations to Zimmerman.

PERFECT GAME — Monday night, Trace MacKenzie was in the zone. Or more accurately, in the lane. The Fredonia high school bowler had a 300 game, the first FHS student to ever have a perfect game. He also turned in games of 245 and 247 for a 792 series, which set a Fredonia record for high scratch series. Good job!

RED KETTLE GIVING — Although the local Salvation Army did not reach its goal of $60,000, they did report that residents in Northern Chautauqua County gave $51,200.63 this year during the annual Red Kettle campaign. “I have been blessed beyond measure this past Kettle season through the generosity of giving and the simple fact that we raised more money this year than we did in the past few years,” said Lt. Samantha Lockard. We applaud those who volunteered to ring bells and those who gave to help others in need.

WORST

SAM’S CLUB CLOSURE — Chautauqua County is again losing a retail business. Sam’s Club, located in West Ellicott, is set to close Jan. 26. The location was one of 63 stores across the country that will be closing. The announcement was made the same day Wal-Mart, which owns Sam’s Club, said it would raise its minimum wage nationwide. Sam’s Club is unique in that it sells a lot of bulk items, particularly to restaurants. Now dozens of employees will suddenly be out of a job and there will be one less place to shop, especially for businesses that need to purchase supplies in bulk. It will definitely leave a hole in the market.

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