highs and lows Some of the best, worst of the week

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


BUSY WEEKEND — After Labor Day things are supposed to slow down, correct? Not this weekend! Fredonia will continue the annual Red White and Blues, Dunkirk is hosting its Picnic at the Point and has its Tour of Homes, while Sinclairville will hold its 20th History Fair. Next weekend will be a lot of fun with the return of the Silver Creek Festival of Grapes. Get out to one of these events. It won’t be long before the snow keeps us indoors all weekend.

SHERIDAN MAN KEEPS HOME — A Sheridan man who initially lost his residence is getting his house back, thanks in part to county officials and the new buyer. According to County Executive George Borrello, David Blodgett and his son are able to keep their residence because Ernest Lammerhirt, who bought the house agreed to sell it back. “In a true act of generosity, (Lammerhirt) took a lot less for the house than he would have gotten if he’d fixed it up and sold it,” said Borrello. County Legislator Terry Niebel agreed.

MUSIC ON THE PIER — If you haven’t caught a Music on the Pier performance yet this summer, don’t worry, there’s still one more opportunity. The final performance is set for Thursday. The Chicago Authority was originally scheduled to play in August but was rained out. According to Dunkirk officials, this year has been a record-breaking year in terms of attendance. Dunkirk Special Events Coordinator Hector Rosas says that more than 100,000 people have been to either a concert this year, saw fireworks or attended one of the city’s other summer events, like the boat race. Dunkirk is doing its best to make the city a summertime destination.


TEACHER PASSES — On Tuesday when Cassadaga Valley students returned to class for a fun and exciting new year, there was a tinge of sadness in the air. That’s because Debra Tordoff passed away the day before. Mrs. Tordoff had been a high school English teacher at the school since 2002. She also coached softball for 15 years, and served as Class Advisor and also was a Quiz Bowl Team advisor. Over the summer, she was honored at the Seventh Annual “Hits for a Cure” baseball game. Some of the students who knew about Mrs. Tordoff’s passing wore their “Hits” shirts to school that day in her memory. She was a beloved teacher and is missed.