Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:
LIGHTHOUSE FUNDING - The Dunkirk Lighthouse roof is in poor condition and needs repairs. It's estimated to cost about $35,000. Last year the lighthouse had about 4,400 visitors. This past week, the County Legislature voted unanimously to use a portion of the bed tax revenue to repair the historic structure. Poorly named, the bed tax is actually tax collected at hotels and motels, mainly paid by visitors to the county. Tourists are coming to Dunkirk to see the lighthouse; it only make sense the lighthouse should be eligible for tax revenue generated from tourists to keep the lighthouse in good condition.
CABOOSE DOOR - The Alco-Brooks Railroad display at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds is a wonderful piece of history. The train is a great display; however, every year it gets beat on by weather. The Railroad Division of the Dunkirk Historical Society works to keep the display restored. Last year the front of the caboose was replaced. This year the back side needed the work. Chautauqua Woods of Dunkirk donated a replica of the caboose door. It took a year to replace. We applaud those who are so dedicated to things like the train display, so that generations can enjoy it.
BICENTENNIAL PARK DEDICATION - In 1975, Harry Van Curen donated some land to become Hanover Bicentennial Park. But after the town accepted the land, the park was never properly dedicated. Earlier this month, the town officially dedicated the property. It was a long time coming, but a proper one.
BICENTENNIAL PARK SIGN - After waiting 39 years, the town of Hanover installed a park sign for Hanover Bicentennial Park. The problem is the signage. Whoever made the sign put "Hanover Bicentenial Park," missing one of the 'n's" in Bicentennial. Hopefully it won't be another 39 years before the sign gets corrected!