Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:
POLE VAULTING CHAMP - Fredonia native Jenn Suhr won the Women's Pole Vaulting Championship June 27, at the U.S. outdoor track and field championships. It was her 15th national title, surpassing Marion Jones for the most U.S. track and field titles. By comparison, fellow American track and field star Sanya Richards-Ross has eight U.S. titles and Lolo Jones has five. But even with 15, winning never gets old. "(I'm) thankful to have won my 15th U.S. national title. Each one is special and I never take them for granted. Thank you for your support!" she wrote on her Facebook page Monday. Chautauqua County should be proud to have someone of Suhr's success come from this area.
GOWANDA THEATER GRANT - This past week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the Hollywood Theater in Gowanda is the recipient of a $166,667 grant for interior restoration costs. A lot of fundraising has been done for the theater. With the grant, the theater is expected to be open on a limited basis by November of next year. There has been a few times the theater has been open to the public. We look forward to seeing the restoration work completed.
CIVIL WAR HERO - Sarah (Sykes) Sinfield, who was one of the only women to receive a military pension from the Civil War, was the focus of a presentation by the Sheridan Historical Society this past week. The presentation noted how Sinfield was active in the 72nd Regiment with her husband from the Battle of Bull Run through the Battle of Gettysburg. After the war, the two lived in Dunkirk and later Sheridan. Sarah was buried in Fredonia's Forest Hill Cemetery but was denied a veteran's marker since she was not officially enlisted and honorably discharged from the military. A private purchase for a veteran's market has been made and the marker will be placed on Sarah's grave this summer. A dedication ceremony is also being planned. We applaud those who were involved in getting a proper marker for Sarah Sinfield's gravesite. She deserves it because of her service to our country.
FORESTVILLE SALE - Recently, Forestville had a sale where the village sold an array of items including a snowmobile, water skis, a pressure cooker, a generator, and more. The items were sold through sealed bids. First of all, what are villages doing with these items? For example, how does a village acquire water skis? Secondly, the winning bid amounts seem quite low. A trailer was sold to James F. White for $200.26. A 2009 Dell Printer was sold to James R. White (the village clerk) for $11.01. Brian Schneider (deputy mayor) bought a computer desk for $20. John Sack bought the water skis for $5. Chuck Brewster (Streets Department employee) bought a John Deere Pressure Washer for $60.01. There's too many people connected to the village that were getting these great bargains. It makes you wonder how much effort the village put into getting rid of these items.