Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:
NEW VEHICLES - The Boys and Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County is the recipient of a new van, compliments of the Western New York Ford Dealers and its Ford Friendship Express program. The Boys and Girls Club received the keys Thursday during the opening of the 2014 Buffalo Auto Show. Also receiving a new vehicle was Meals on Wheels for Western New York and the Buffalo City Mission. According to Edward J. Hayes, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club, their old van was in need of too many repairs, so they were unable to take the children on any field trips. We're glad they now have a new vehicle.
PINK THE RINK - We once again congratulate the SUNY Fredonia Blue Devils on its campaign to raise breast cancer awareness. The team held its annual "Pink the Rink" last weekend, and hundreds of people packed out the game. It wasn't too many years ago the Blue Devils hockey team was the only local team sporting pink in February. In fact in 2008, Pink the Rink actually made ESPN's Top 10 plays of the day.
ALL COUNTY PERFORMANCES - Chautauqua Lake High School will be the site of this year's Winter All-County Festival and Chorus, which takes place today. The event features the county's best student musicians from the 18 districts located in Chautauqua County in one of the five music ensembles - elementary band, women's chorus, brass ensemble, vocal jazz chorus and all-county jazz ensemble. We applaud the students who were selected as well as the Chautauqua County Music Teachers Association which sponsors the event.
FEMA DRAGS ITS HEELS - In 2009, a major flood occurred in the Gowanda/Silver Creek area. Last week - four and a half years later - Gowanda was finally notified they would be receiving their $700,000 owed. Lake Shore Hospital is still waiting, as is the village of Silver Creek. Silver Creek right now is considering raising its taxes, in part because they're still waiting for FEMA funds. Sen. Charles Schumer this past week urged FEMA to release funds for Lake Shore. The federal agency takes too long to reimburse communities once they've made a decision. There's no reason for the constant delays.