Some of the best, worst of the week

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


P-TECH GRADUATE — Congratulations goes out to Jordan Butterfield, a 17-year-old Lake Shore Central School District graduate and WNY P-TECH student who recently landed a job with Lakeside Precision Inc. The WNY P-TECH, which is located in Dunkirk, helps train students in a variety of technical skills. Local manufacturers say there is a vacuum of trained individuals to fill various technology jobs. P-TECH is helping both students and the community alike.

1000 POINTS — Good job to Westfield-Brocton’s Sophia DeMarco. The senior scored her 1,000 career point this past week. Her team lost to Cassadaga Valley by one point, but it’s still been an impressive career for her.

WORKING IN THE COLD — We want to thank police, firefighters, health care workers, and others who never see their business along the bottom TV ticker, saying “closed.” These men and women go out when police ask for limited travel. We also want to give a shout out to snowplow drivers who go out at all hours to clear the roads so that emergency services can be provided if necessary.


TRACTOR TRAILERS ON THRUWAY — During the cold spell and blizzard conditions in New York state, more than 500 tickets were issued to commercial drivers for violating the travel ban for big rigs on major roadways. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has talked about the possibility of using EZ pass to identify truckers who travel on the Thruway. Perhaps there needs to better signage, or at least a warning from the EZ-Pass light when a trucker pulls in that says a ban is in place. It may be complicated for a driver to immediately turn around, but perhaps it could force truck drivers to use the next exit. After all, the ban should not be used to write tickets, but rather to keep the heavy vehicles off the Thruway.