Some of the best, worst of the week

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

BEST

COLLEGE IS BACK — The population of Fredonia has increased following the return of 5,000+ students. That means a slew of benefits including students spending money in the local community, opportunities for college sports and entertainment, and an opportunity for new blood in our county. Fredonia State is one of the biggest employers in the county. The reality is that without the college, our economy would suffer and our population would not be what it is. While Chautauqua County’s population continues to drop, Fredonia State continues to grow.

FREDONIA FARM FEST — Looking to do some shopping this weekend of crafts or homegrown food? Want to listen to some good music? Would you like to take your children to something fun to do? There’s plenty to be offered at this year’s Fredonia Farm Festival. For 50 years the village has been the host of the annual event. Even if you’ve been before, come and visit. You won’t be disappointed.

JAKES DAY FUN — A special thank you to the Lakeshore Long Bears, the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation for putting on a terrific JAKES Day Youth event last weekend. JAKES, which stands for Junior Acquiring Knowledge and Ethics, was held at the Westfield Fish and Game Club last weekend. A number of youngsters learned about turkey calling, survival, sling shots, bow shooting, bird feeders, taxidermy, fishing, fly fishing and gun shooting. It was once again a top notch event.

WORST

YOUNG BOATER — Personal water crafts are strong machines. They can easily take a life if one is not careful. That’s why we’re bothered that a 9-year-old was operating one Thursday. By law, youth need to be at least 14 years old and take a mandatory boating safety class. The adult responsible was charged after the child lost control, fell off and the water craft hit a Chautauqua County Sheriff’s vessel. Neither the youth nor the deputies were hurt. It could have been a lot worse.

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