Some of the best, worst of the week

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


WHAT A DOLL — This year as the Gerry Rodeo celebrates its 75th year, it will have a special item on display. Violet Engstrom donated a cowboy doll, which was purchased during the first rodeo, to the Gerry Fire Department. Mrs. Engstrom will turn 100 years old next month and received the doll from her husband in 1945. The doll was also signed by C.W. Rogers, the clown at the first rodeo. A Heritage Green Nursing Home resident, Mrs. Engstrom said she attended the rodeo for 73 consecutive years.

CROWNING DONATION — Five-year-old Zoey Collins of Dunkirk went to Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo on Christmas Eve. No, it wasn’t because she was sick. Instead, she was there to spread Christmas cheer. Zoey had several crowns from beauty pageants and donated some of her smaller crowns to children there that night. She also donated toys she won from beauty pageants as well. Zoey may be little but she has a very big heart!

MAGIC REMEMBERED — Partners In Kind recently celebrated their second Remember the Magic in Dunkirk. The event is for children and their caretakers who have experienced a significant loss over the past year. Some children are battling serious illness or may have lost a parent or a sibling. Elevation Combat Sports Academy was transformed into a winter wonderland, adorned with presents and other holiday decor. It was a magical day that was designed to bring some holiday cheer when it’s difficult to be happy. We want to thank the organization and all those who donated and volunteered to make this possible.


TOO MANY OFFICES — There are 204 offices up for election this November in Chautauqua County. That’s too many for a county of a population of 129,000 and dropping. There were no village dissolution votes in 2018. Forestville dissolved in the end of 2016 and Cherry Creek dissolved following year. Other villages in Chautauqua County should consider consolidation. There’s no need to have so many offices and layers of government with a dwindling population.