Highs and Lows: Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week:


POLKA TIME — Put on your dancing shoes or simply bring a lawn chair, and sit back and enjoy the sounds of Lenny Gomulka and Chicago Push. The internationally renowned polka band is coming to Dunkirk Sunday, Aug. 12, on the grounds of St. Hedwig’s Church. Lenny Gomulka is an inductee of the International Polka Association Hall of Fame and a 12-time Grammy Award nominee. The band will be performing from 3-7 p.m. and but the event will run all day from noon to 8 p.m. It should be a lot of fun.

GREAT DAY OF GOLF — Getting a hole-in-one is extremely difficult. Having two players get a hole-in-one during a round of golf is very rare. But getting back-to-back hole-in-ones? Odds are one in 17 million. But that’s what Jenny Ringler and Sue Marsh did at Shorewood Country Club. Congratulations to both golfers for an amazing day on the course.

VETERAN HONORS — Peter Carlo, who was born in Dunkirk and now lives in Jamestown, was recently added to the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame. He was nominated by state Sen. Cathy Young. A Korean War Veteran, Carlo is well known throughout the county for donating more than 300 flags that were flown over the U.S. Capitol to area schools and community organizations. During his time in Korea, he was hit when a barrage of Chinese mortar rounds blanketed his encampment, shredding his uniform with shrapnel. After treatment, he returned to his platoon to finish his tour. To this day he still has 97 pieces embedded in his legs and back. We salute Carlo and his service to our country.


HIGHWAY CHIEF — Dayton town officials got it right when they permitted discussion in open forum about Highway Superintendent Brian Taber’s accident over the winter. Taber is a town employee, paid with town taxes, and was operating town highway equipment last March when he struck an abandoned vehicle with a loader, while trying to get a town snowplow truck unstuck. At the last Dayton Town Board meeting, Taber left a note for all board members that stated, “The Board wants to keep in mind when dealing with personnel matters such as pay, accidents, health care is not information that should not be discussed in an open board meeting.” That’s incorrect. Accidents involving town officials using town equipment is not privy for executive session. Taber, who is an elected official, tried to illegally suppress information. He should know better.