Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:
STORM RESPONSE - Mother Nature may not have been a friend to many in the Northeast, but she was a friend to us. For the most part, Western New York was spared from any serious storm damage. There was some flooding, some homes lost power, but for the most part we were fine. At the same time, local and county officials were well prepared had the storm done more damage locally. Perhaps an argument could be made that schools didn't need to cancel Tuesday. But once again, it's better to be safe than sorry.
ARKWRIGHT ENERGY - A new solar panel installed for the Arkwright Highway Department is predicted to save the town $1,600 annually in electricity. Town officials noted that in today's financial crunch, every dollar saved is important and that the new solar system will reduce the town's carbon footprint as well.
POST SEASON HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS - Good luck to North Collins Lady Eagles and the Chautauqua Lake Lady Thunderbirds for girls volleyball. On Monday, the Lady Eagles head to the Section 6 D-2 championship game, while the Chautauqua Lake Lady Thunderbirds will head to the Section 6 Class D-1 semi-final contest. Meanwhile, the Fredonia Hillbillies will battle the Cleveland Hill Golden Eagles for the Section 6 Class C championship today. We're cheering for all of you!
TRICK OR TREAT HOURS - This actually has nothing to do with Gowanda, Perrysburg or Cassadaga delaying their trick-or-treat hours. Let local communities decide if their neighborhoods aren't safe for trick-or-treating. This point, which has been made before, is that we have too many communities setting different hours. In Brocton, trick or treating was 5:30 to 7 p.m., while Fredonia was 5-8 p.m. Dunkirk's was 4-8 p.m. and Westfield and Ripley were 6-8 p.m. Why? How hard can it be for there to be unified trick or treat hours for the whole region? You want to know why we don't have a regional water district? Our politicians can't even agree when to send our children to trick or treat. Can we really expect them to figure out something as complex as sharing water?