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

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

BEST

BACKPACK GIVE-AWAY — See a need, fill a need. That’s what The Chautauqua Center did. Hundreds of children received free backpacks and school supplies Thursday as part of the Center’s annual Family Fun Day in Dunkirk. It’s a great way to meet the needs of local students as they head back to school. Other give-aways are planned as well. Christ Community Church, 219 Berry Road in Fredonia is holding its Back to School Bash on Aug. 25 from 4-7 p.m. There is also an I Am Free event, sponsored by Park Church, scheduled for Aug. 26 from noon to 4 p.m. in Minkler Commons, downtown Sinclairville.

BEACH BASH IS BACK — If there wasn’t enough to do this weekend with the Powerboat races, Dunkirk is also holding its annual Beach Bash. World Champion Sand Sculptor Dan Belcher will be sculpting at Wright Park Beach, Main Street Beach and Cedar Beach by the lighthouse throughout the weekend. When you come to see the boat races, check out the sand sculptures as well.

A SPORT TO RELISH — Pickleball continues to grow in popularity. We’re glad to see new courts at Wright Park in Dunkirk available for players. Today from 9 a.m. to noon will be the inaugural play. People of all ages are invited to participate. The dedicated courts are a great addition for an ever-growing sport.

WORST

MORE ALLEGED ABUSE — This week it was reported that over a period of 70 years, Bishops and other leaders of the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania covered up child sexual abuse by more than 300 priests to over 1,000 children. At least one priest — Father Chester Gawronski — has ties to the Dunkirk area. This report is heartbreaking to say the least. The church needs to protect children over the institution.

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