Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:
EMMY NOMINEE - Good luck to Pine Valley alumnus Darryl L. Frank, who has been nominated for an Emmy in the category for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (one hour). Frank is a production sound mixer on AMC's hit drama "Breaking Bad" and he was nominated for the show's season four finale "Face Off." This is his second accolade this year. He was nominated for a Cinema Audio Society Award for his sound mixing work, also from the "Face Off" episode.
SINCLAIRVILLE STATUE - It took about six years worth of fundraising, but last weekend was the dedication of a bronze statue "Soldier at Parade Rest" at Evergreen Cemetery to replace a copper statue of the same name that was stolen in 1966. Dimon Smith spearheaded raising funds for the statue in 2006. The dedication took place during Sinclairville's History Fair last weekend. There were a lot of laughs at the History Fair as well. Go to www.observertoday.com and click on the latest videos to see "Outhouse races."
SEPT. 11 CEREMONY - With all the hype last year being the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America, it's easy to "move on" with 9/11. But Dunkirk Firefighters Local 616 still held a ceremony on Tuesday, reminding all of us of the sacrifices made that day. We applaud them for continuing to honor those who lost their lives 11 years ago, not letting us ever forget what happened.
CONTRACT EXTENSION - The Brocton Central School extended Superintendent John Hertlein's contract by three years. There was no public discussion regarding the decision. But what happens if Brocton and Westfield Academy merge districts? Don't extend Hertlein's contract without knowing if there's going to be a school there. And if you have it in the contract that Brocton school taxpayers will not owe Hertlein any money should the district merge, then announce that to the public.