Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:
SERGEANT VISIT - We want to say thank you to Command Sergeant Major Joyce O'Neil. O'Neil, who has just retired from the U.S. Army after 34 years of service, made a visit to the Sheridan Kids Kamp this past week. O'Neil was the first woman in New York State to attain the highest rank an enlisted woman can in the Army. She is also the first from the state to control an entire brigade. It's important that children of all ages learn about the life of people who serve in the military. It helps them understand the sacrifices they make for all of us to live in a free country.
TAKE YOUR CHILD TO WORK - Kudos to Shannon Bobseine, who organized this year's "Take your child to work day" at Lake Shore Health Care Center. Geared for children ages 8-18, participants were able to tour the hospital and see demonstrations of hospital equipment. Health care is a growing industry and it's good for young people to learn about the field. Like physical therapist Karen Kaminski stated, "A spark might be ignited by something they are doing today (to lead them to a future career.)"
CRUISE AGAINST HUNGER - If you've got the time today, stop over at Cross Roads Market, 6017 Sherman-Westfield Road, where the first ever "Cruise Against Hunger" is being held. There will be plenty of classic cars on display and proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of WNY.
HEALTH CONCERNS - First we had a boil water order for some Portland and Pomfret residents. Then we had a rabid cat in the southern end of the county. Then we learned the West Nile virus had returned to Chautauqua County for the first time in six years. Then we had the concern of blue-green algae in Chautauqua Lake. These health concerns are keeping our county Health Department quite busy. It's important that residents stay informed to protect themselves and their families.