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

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


¯ ATHENEX MOVES AHEAD — The construction of the cancer drug manufacturing plant means a lot to the Dunkirk-area economy. We are glad to see the company get through another layer of red tape. Hopefully the next tape being cut is the ribbon on its groundbreaking this spring.

¯ PLAYOFF ACTION — Our sports pages are filled daily with the highs and lows that come with high school athletics as the postseason action has heated up in the winter sports. There can only be one team winner, but every area athlete who participates is deserving of applause.

¯ SCHOOL TO WORK — Internship programs are excellent ideas in giving area students some insight into where the jobs are. Recently, the OBSERVER highlighted Fredonia students who were learning about occupations at area businesses and organizations. As County Executive George Borrello will remind us, there are jobs students can come home to once they complete their educations.


¯ BREAK DEBATE — It has come and gone quietly, but all area schools and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services need to get on the same page. With BOCES utilizing a split break schedule — with one week off in February and another at the end of March — other schools continue to take two weeks off later in the spring. Overall, it leads to plenty of confusion and problems for students who attend schools that do not follow the BOCES calendar. If all school districts and BOCES truly exist to better the learning experience for our students, they need to start being adults and come up with a consistent educational calendar for this county. Anything else is childish.