highs and lows Some of the best, worst of the week

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

BEST

CANCER FIGHT — We applaud the Fredonia State students and community members who burned the midnight oil last weekend, raising more than $14,000 for the annual Relay for Life at the campus. The event, which started at 3 p.m. and continued until 3 a.m. the next morning, had at least 425 students, who made up 54 teams. The Relay for Life movement is American Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser dedicated to helping communities attack cancer.

DANCING SUCCESS — Congratulations to Danza! Performing Arts Academy for their recent trip to Florida, where the students won seven national titles during this year’s National Dance Competition. The studio brought five ensemble dances all winning their division and the National Title or their genre. Also, Kyra Taylor and Mckenna Taylor won the highest scoring duet, trip or small ensemble dance of the entire competition. The duo also won the senior duet/trio title. Everyone who participated should be proud of what was accomplished. We also want to salute director Krista Taylor for her leadership.

REMEMBERING HIS TEACHERS — Donald Cotton, who graduated from Silver Creek in 1985, brought his Young Men’s Ensemble from the Children’s Chorus of Washington D.C. to the First United Presbyterian Church in Silver Creek, in part so they could perform for Nancy Krestic, who was Cotton’s music teacher. The performance was also dedicated in memory of the late Karl Hawes, who passed away in 1992. If you didn’t get to hear them, Sunday morning the Young Men’s Ensemble will be performing and participating in the 10 a.m. Mass at St. Hyacinth Church.

WORST

SEARS CLOSES SHOP — The continuation of retail stores closing continues. Over the weekend, the Hometown Sears store on Route 20 in the town of Pomfret was emptied. Sears Corporation nationally has been struggling, but losing this location still hurts. It’s one less place for people to shop, one less place for people to work. When we continue to go on line to make our purchases, the dollars from our community go elsewhere, leaving our local retailers behind. Do you want to have more options to shop in the local region? Then spend your money here.

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