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

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

BEST

PLAYING WHERE BISONS PLAY — Every school in the local area was on spring break this past week. But some varsity sports teams were able to use the week to play ball in some special places. The highlight was probably Gowanda Panthers and the Silver Creek Black Knights played a non-league game Thursday at Sahlen’s Field, where the Buffalo Bisons play. Gowanda was victorious in the matchup, but playing in a minor league baseball stadium was a win for both teams.

GRAND PRIX TO RETURN — It’s official: Dunkirk will once again host the Great Lakes Grand Prix Offshore Boat Races for a second year! The event is set for Aug. 16-18. City officials say the pier remodeling will be finished by then. Mayor Wilfred Rosas said the event brought 30,000-40,000 people to the region and $10 million in revenue. We hope this year’s event is just as successful, if not more successful, as it was in 2018.

DUNKIRK’S IDOL — Congratulations to Dunkirk resident Dylan Carlson. The Infinity Visual and Performing Arts vocal coach auditioned on ABC’s American Idol in front of judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie. While he did not make it on the show, the judges seemed positive about Carlson’s future and encouraged him to try again. We’ll see what the future holds, but it certainly seems bright for Carlson.

WORST

WITHHOLDING NAME — On April 11, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office announced they were investigating a fatality at the jail. At the time, the name of the deceased was not released. On April 23, 13 days after it was announced, the OBSERVER spoke with Sheriff Jim Quattrone about the incident. Quattrone declined to comment, saying the body has been taken to Buffalo for an autopsy. Quattrone also wouldn’t confirm the name. Why not? The only reason to withhold a name would be so that the family is aware before the public. That’s fair. But the family has long known about the male’s death. In fact, the OBSERVER published his name on our obituary page. We believe Quattrone should have at least confirmed the name, even if he can’t comment on the cause of death until after the autopsy. There is no reason to keep that from the public.

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