Some of the best, worst of the week

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


EMPTY BOWLS — Once again, the community came out in droves to support the Empty Bowls project. Last weekend, hundreds of people came to the Clarion in Dunkirk to purchase a bowl and have it filled with soup or chili made by local BOCES culinary students. The bowls were made by Chautauqua Area Potters and the proceeds were donated to area food organizations.

HALL OF FAME — Congratulations to both Bob Palcic and Vince Gullo. The two were among nine individuals who will be added to the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame. Gullo, a graduate of Fredonia High School, has been the baseball coach at his alma mater since 2002. Twice he’s been named NYS Class B Coach of the year. Palcic, a graduate of Cardinal Mindszenty High School, has coached football at all levels, including stints with the Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns and New Orleans Saints. Other nominees include the late Fredonia tennis coach Charles Johnston, Cheryl Bailey, Tiffany Decker, Mike Lopiore, and Mark Weaver, along with the late Jack Harper and Luella Kye.

CVCS GYM — The Cassadaga Valley High School has officially finished its gym remodeling. Now called the Art Asquith Gymnasium, it wasn’t ready until just as basketball season began. It’s a welcome addition to the school and the students will be able to use it for many years to come.


LEGISLATIVE RAISES — New York lawmakers are poised to get their first pay raise in 20 years. You could make the argument they deserve one. However, pay would go from $79,500 annually to $130,000. The increase would be phased in over three years, beginning with a bump to $110,000 on New Year’s Day. With the increase, members of the New York Legislature will be the highest paid state lawmakers in the country. Having the highest paid politicians is not something we want to be number one in.