Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:
CLASS CHAMPIONS - Congratulations to four area schools in capturing their Section 6 class championship in varsity softball/baseball. Pine Valley Lady Panthers won their second Class D championship. Fredonia Hillbillies won their third consecutive Class B baseball title. North Collins Eagles won the Class D championship in baseball, their first time since 2008. Cassadaga Valley Cougars won the Class C baseball championship, their first Sectional title in nearly 40 years. Good luck to the teams as they play in the Far West Regionals and possibly in the state championships.
NEW LIBRARY FACES - Joy Harper and Kathy Petersen are well known to those who frequent, or even occasionally visit Barker Library in Fredonia. Harper, the library director, and Petersen, the Children's Room director, recently retired. Combined, the two have served 42 years at the library. We wish them the best in retirement. We also welcome Sara Hart, the incoming library director, and Carey Caserta, who is the new children's librarian. We wish you both the best.
TACKLING HEROIN - We applaud the Seneca Nation for its forum, with the New York State Senate, on heroin addiction. Heroin is a growing problem. As SNI President Barry Snyder stated, "This issue will not run its course and go away." Heroin needs to be addressed and now. Hopefully this forum will be a spring board for future action.
SEWER, WATER COSTS - George Civiletto, the owner of Tuscany Fresh Meats and Deli, stated an excellent question at the Fredonia Village Board meeting. He asked, "At some point, we have to sit back and realize we have lost one of our anchor corporations in this village (Carriage House) and just how do we intend to attract another if we have (high) water and sewer rates and we continue to raise them?" Unfortunately, none of the village leaders answered his question. They commented about how ConAgra's decision to close the plant was not because of water rates. But that's not what Civiletto asked. He wants to know what are village officials doing to lower water costs. Discuss plans for regional water. Discuss plans for shared services. Share steps that the local government is planning on taking to cut costs. What Civiletto - and many local business owners in Fredonia - want to hear is a vision for the future.