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

January 15, 2011
Observer Today

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


TAKING A DIP - We applaud the 141 individuals who braved the cold and jumped into Lake Erie last weekend as part of the 10th Annual Silver Creek Polar Bear Swim. Not only were they willing to take a swim that most of us would never consider, they also raised thousands of dollars for the Variety Kids Telethon, the Silver Creek Fire Department and Rescue Squad, the Sunset Bay Fire Department and the Silver Creek Food Pantry.

GETTING THAT DIPLOMA - On Tuesday, Fredonia High School presented diplomas to U.S. Air Force veteran Richard Kusneske and U.S. Navy veteran Peter Cash. The two are Korean Conflict veterans and did not receive their diplomas due to service to their country. We're glad to see these men finally received this honor.

HELPING THE SWAN - Dan Thorp and Chuck Battaglia of Cassadaga, went above and beyond recently, when they rescued Sissy the swan after the bird got stuck in a tree off of Cassadaga Lakes. The bird was severely injured and is currently being cared for by the Jamestown Veterinary Hospital. Donations are still being sought. If you would like to donate, send your contribution to the hospital at 236 Fluvanna Ave., Jamestown, NY 14701 and indicate that the donation is for Sissy's care.


NOTHING "BIPARTISAN" - In a release sent out last month by County Executive Greg Edwards, he noted the appointment of James Caflisch as tax director for the Chautauqua County tax department was done after a meeting with a bipartisan committee. For the record, Edwards makes the call on the appointment, no matter what the committee recommends. This appointment is what it is - one with a political nature and favor. It rewards a longtime Republican with a job and a better pension. Talk about reform.



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