Some of the best, worst of the week

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


IDOL WORSHIP — We have our fingers crossed for Dylan Carlson. The Dunkirk resident recently shared his story, how he was able to audition in front of celebrity judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie to appear on the next season of American Idol. We don’t know yet if he is one of the finalists selected for the next round, or even if his audition will end up on television, but we’re still glad to see someone from the local community get the chance.

BOWLED OVER — Congratulations to the Dunkirk girls and boys bowling teams, as well as the Fredonia boys and Forestville girls teams. The Dunkirk boys and girls were the overall winner at the CCAA roll-off while Forestville was Division 2 winner for the girls. Meanwhile, Fredonia boys won the CCAA Division 1 title as did the Dunkirk girls.

WINTER FESTIVALS STILL ON — Even though a lot of snow has melted, that’s not stopping this weekend’s winter festivals in both Cassadaga and Dunkirk. Dunkirk will still hold fishing at the Dunkirk Harbor. There will also be adult volleyball, 3 vs. 3 youth street hockey, co-ed winter wiffleball, and a cornhole and bocce ball tournament. Kids activities, along with refreshments, will take place at the Clarion Hotel Outdoor Pavilion, and from 4-7 tonight will be a Winterfest gathering at the Fillmore Tavern. Meanwhile, Cassadaga has canceled sledding and the outdoor snowman building, but there will still be music and crafts at the library today at 10 a.m., along with a bake sale. There will be wagon rides to Candyland (Lily Dale) from 2-4 p.m., a historical tour of Lily Dale at 3 p.m. and a “Snowball” dance to the tunes of Big Tone from 7-10 p.m. at the Cassadaga American Legion. Sunday’s snowshoe/cross country ski has been changed to a hike at 2 p.m. Meet at the Academy of Maple Avenue parking lot.


NURSING HOME CHALLENGES — Heritage Park Rehab and Skilled Nursing Administrator Jeremy Rutter is frustrated. The state and federal government keeps adding more and more regulations to nursing homes, with little input from the homes themselves. We support regulations that protect our seniors, but at the same time our state and federal politicians have a habit of creating regulations “in a vacuum” so to speak, causing more problems than answers. Rutter speaks highly of State Sen. Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, but those two, who are in the minority, can only do so much. Our state leaders need to work with nursing administrators, not against them, so that they can provide the best care possible for our loved ones in their later years.