Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:
FOOTBALL SOLUTION - We're certain that people in the Pine Valley Central School District are disappointed that their school won't be able to field a football team this fall. At the same time, we applaud Gowanda Central School for agreeing to allow Pine Valley students to join their team. This will ensure that those Pine Valley students who want to be able to play football this fall will be given the opportunity.
MAKE A WISH - We applaud those with the Make a Wish Western New York Foundation that were able to make a special evening for 4 year old Cassidy Monroe recently. The young girl, who is battling cancer, attended a Princess Gala at Salvatore's Italian Gardens in Depew recently. The local Make a Wish Foundation is seeking volunteers. Those interested can call Lisa Johnson, at 810-WISH or attend a volunteer information session on-line on Sept. 3. A New Volunteer Orientation will take place Sept. 19 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Jamestown. For more information visit www.wny.wish.org.
LIBRARIAN RETIREMENT - We wish Nancy McIntosh, the Ripley librarian, good luck in her retirement. McIntosh had worked for the Ripley library for 14 years, the last six as the librarian. During a party in her honor, McIntosh noted how things in libraries are changing, including more e-readers. "It doesn't really matter if it's a reader or a book, so long as they are reading," she said. We agree.
WEBB'S PROJECT PROTEST - A new 60-foot tall lakefront hotel is being proposed by James Webb, near Lakeside Park in Mayville. Some residents have gone on record opposing the project. "The peace will be gone, all for one family's monetary profit ..." said one local resident. We're not ready to take sides on the proposal. There are questions that need to be addressed. But let's not oppose the project simply because of "one family's monetary profit." Development brings jobs. Jobs keep people in our community. It increases our tax base. Projects like this one bring tourists to the region. Yes, the Webbs stand to benefit financially should the project take place, but then so also will local residents.