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

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


COCKAIGNE PLANS — We’re enjoying this wonderful summer and we’re not in a rush to see winter anytime soon. But when the time does come, we’re looking forward to seeing Cockaigne ski resort back in action. During this week’s Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, the developers discussed not only constructing a new ski lodge, but also adding a terrain park, a concert venue and a tubing hill. That means Cockaigne will be enjoyable not just in the winter, but year-round. Right now they’re planning a Brewgrass Music Festival in September and have other events in the works. The ski resort has been closed for too long. We look forward to its opening.

DERBY WINNER — Congratulations goes out to Steve Lahnen of Cassadaga for being this year’s Shults Auto Group Championship Demolition Derby Finals champion. He had been competing for the last 20 years. The demolition derby is always fun to watch. Great job to all those that participated.

NCCS SUPERINTENDENT — Michael LaFever has been appointed the superintendent of Northern Chautauqua Catholic School. LaFever has worked both in public and higher Catholic education for a number of years. He’s helping the school address issues like finances and enrollment. We wish him the best in his new role and hope he is successful.


DISCHARGE OVERREACTION — Heavy rains Sunday morning forced Dunkirk’s wastewater treatment plant to dump close to one million gallons of stormwater into Lake Erie. This was not raw sewage, as some believe. It was untreated rainwater. Some of the Buffalo TV stations compared Dunkirk’s situation to Niagara Falls when they did dump raw sewage into the Niagara River. It’s not the same and if it is, you can be sure the state Health Department would be here investigating.