Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:
GROWING CHARACTER - The Fredonia Hillbillies varsity football team has had its share of success in the last few years. But as we all know, there's more to life than just football. That's why we want to applaud assistant coach Bob Brown. This summer he has gotten the team to do some community service projects and heard from role models like former NFL player Mike McCoy about the importance of developing and demonstrating good character. "... empathy, integrity and living a life of service to others are more important than points on a scoreboard," said Brown. We agree.
MAKING DONATIONS - The Elks Club and the Dunkirk Volunteer Firemen's Association donated about $4,500 toward a new thermal imaging camera for the city of Dunkirk's Fire Department. The camera, which costs about $6,000 total, is used for search and rescue. The fire department now has three cameras, one for each shift. "We take this in on every call. If we have a call that a smoke detector is going off we take the camera with us," said Fire Chief Keith Ahlstrom. We're glad that organizations like these two are able to help make our community safer.
REDUCING TAX RATE - We applaud the Dunkirk School Board of Education. Board members, along with the administration, have come up with a plan to lower the tax rate for most of its property taxpayers. The city rate will drop by 71 cents per thousand dollars of assessed evaluation, while the town of Dunkirk tax rate will drop by 10 cents. School officials note with the difficult local economy and a high reserve, it only made sense to lower the tax rate and help the community.
WACS LEADERSHIP - Westfield Academy and Central School officials seem to have forgotten what leadership is all about. They've been holding surveys trying to figure out if they should hold a second vote on merging its school with Brocton. They're hearing things like residents want "a return to glory days" when more opportunities were available. Tell residents that in today's economy, a return of the good old days isn't going to happen, but merging the two districts will improve educational opportunities for students. Don't just survey; get out in the community and explain why a merger is best for students and the community in the long run. Find a way to get more people who want what's best for students to the polls. Don't give up on merging the school district. It's not too late.