Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:
COMPETING WITH A PURPOSE - The Silver Creek Black Knights and the Forestville Hornets bowling teams once again held their annual Strike Out Cancer event. The teams did various events to raise money. Proceeds were donated to Carly's Club. Events like Strike Out Cancer help young people keep the perspective in winning and losing a game.
HELPING SANDY VICTIMS - Recently, some members of the Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Church in Westfield went to New York City with Operation Blessing International, a non-profit organization with a mission to alleviate human need and suffering in the U.S. and around the world. While in the Big Apple, a group of 10 volunteers helped people rebuild following the October storm. "We had the opportunity to give people hope and that's really special," said Rev. David Herr. We completely agree.
HONORING A TEACHER - Carol McPeak-McDonald, a reading teacher at Forestville Central School, is retiring. She has been very active with Make a Difference Day and Bald For Bucks. To honor McPeak-McDonald, who is also known as Mrs. M&M, at the school board meeting students dressed up in M&M costumes and presented her with flowers. It was an appropriate salute for someone who is getting ready to step down after 39 years as a teacher.
RUSHING LEGISLATION - New York now has the toughest gun control in the nation. But why the rush? The State Legislature wasn't given the proper three days to review the proposal. There were no public hearings. The federal government is reviewing legislation nationwide. Rushed legislation does little to help protect people and more often than not has plenty of hidden costs. It seems like this legislation is designed more to make Gov. Andrew Cuomo look good than anything else.