Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:
HUNTING SAFETY - With all the talk about guns, you'd think there had been a number of fatal accidents recently. Yet New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation says that 2012 will go down as the "safest hunting season" on record. There were no hunting-related shooting incidents during the first youth hunt over Columbus Day Weekend. Of the 24 shooting incidents, about half were self-inflicted. There were two fatals, both of whom were killed by another member of their hunting party. Two fatals is two too many, but 2012 affirms what many believe - hunters take gun safety seriously.
WINTER FESTIVAL - Getting tired of being stuck inside because of the weather? Embrace the snow this weekend at the President's Day Weekend Winter Festival in Mayville. Unfortunately it's not been cold enough to construct an ice castle, but there's still plenty to do at Lakeside Park. The festival kicked off last night. Today will be a snowball throwing contest, a chili cook-off, a polar bear swim and more. Bundle up and enjoy the festivities!
SWEET GIFTS - For the seventh year in a row, the Dunkirk Teachers Association, with help from the Dunkirk High School Honor Society and student teachers gathered together to assemble about 175 plates of cookies, which were distributed to area senior citizens. That's a great way to remember our seniors on Valentine's Day.
STOLEN URN - First of all, we recognize that it's the duty of the police to protect the public and to investigate crimes to prevent them from happening again. But last year a Van Buren resident had her husband's ashes stolen, when burglars took the dolphin urn from her home. Late last week, the urn was returned. An ID specialist was sent to find any fingerprints or DNA. The victim previously said last April she didn't want to press charges. The criminal could have very easily thrown the urn in the trash and been done with it. Instead the person returned the urn and the dead man's ashes back to the rightful owner. It's a tough line, but in this instance, we'd rather not see an arrest. We wouldn't want to discourage others who have made a mistake from correcting their ways over fear of prosecution.