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

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


SILVER CREEK KINDNESS — Kudos to the students and staff at Silver Creek Central School. They are planning a month of Acts of Kindness projects like planting flowers, putting together care packages for members in the military, beach clean-up, making inspirational posters and more. These projects will benefit both the community and the students, who are working alike.

PLAYGROUND FUN — A brand new playground was unveiled on Saturday, during the Hanover Little League’s opening ceremonies. The playground cost around $5,000 and was paid for with private donations. The new playground will give young children a place to go play while their siblings, cousins or friends are on the diamond.

HALF A CENTURY STRONG — For the last 50 years, the Fredonia Animal Hospital has been caring for our pets in the community. What’s really impressive is that Dr. Josef Powell was there at the start and he’s still working there. It was in 1969 they opened their business on Route 60 Fredonia. Technology has changed, but the need for good veterinarians has not. We’re glad he and the Redfields, have committed themselves to the care of animals in our community.


LEAVING FOR PA. — If you ask Gov. Andrew Cuomo, it’s not the high cost of business that’s causing the population drain in Upstate New York; it’s the weather. Well, according to the Empire Center for New York Policy, Pennsylvania is the top spot for people who leave Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. We can’t imagine it’s the weather that’s the big draw. Like Assemblyman Andy Goodell said, “Improve the economic climate in the state and county and we will stabilize our population loss.” In some ways, we’ve had a lot more investment in Western New York than past administrations, but as a whole, our property taxes are still too high and the cost of business keeps going up.