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HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of the best, worst of the week

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

BEST

MUSICAL SEASON — As the sun warms our souls after a long winter, so, too, do musicals warm our souls. A number of area schools are performing their annual musicals this month. Previously Cassadaga Valley performed “James and the Giant Peach” and the Gowanda Middle School performed “The Wizard of Oz: Young performers edition.” This weekend Dunkirk is performing the full “The Wizard of Oz” musical, Northern Chautauqua Catholic School is performing “Madagascar Jr.” and Silver Creek is performing “Little Shop of Horrors.” Fredonia is performing “Guys and Dolls” March 29 and 30, as well as April 5 and 6. There’s a lot of good shows to go and see. Check them out. It will definitely warm your heart.

ON THE DIAMOND — Another sign of spring is local baseball and softball teams getting back in action. This week, some teams were able to get outdoors for the upcoming spring season. On Thursday, March 28, check out our “Inside Pitch” edition previewing the upcoming baseball and softball seasons. It won’t be long before we will all be able to enjoy some time outside watching America’s pastime.

FREDONIA TO LA TIMES AND BACK — Sunday to Tuesday, Los Angeles Times journalist Scott Martelle will be at SUNY Fredonia as part of their Writers @ Work residency. Martelle, who is also a professor and author, is a former SUNY Fredonia student and was the managing editor of SUNY Fredonia’s college newspaper The Leader. He also worked for the Jamestown Post-Journal. We have heard from some of Martelle’s classmates they are excited for his return. His visit is appreciated by students and alumni alike.

WORST

VILLAGE ELECTIONS — Why must we have elections in March? It’s simply a waste of time and money. In Westfield, there were 60 votes cast. Because their elections are overseen by the Chautauqua County Board of Elections — which we fully support — the village must now pay the Board of Elections to run that election. If that election took place in November, the Board of Elections would not charge village taxpayers, simply because they’re already working that day. Nearly every village in Chautauqua County has moved to November. It’s time for the rest to either dissolve or follow suit.

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