Highs and Lows: Some of the best, worst of the week

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

BEST

MOCK DWI — For many years, area high schools have been holding mock driving while intoxicated accidents for students. Silver Creek, Cassadaga Valley and Clymer were among schools in Chautauqua County that held once this past week. The schools time the mock DWI events as prom approaches. The reality is students plus alcohol, plus cell phones equal a disaster. If a mock DWI program saves even one life, it’s worth it.

200 CLUB — We pass along our congratulations to North Collins softball head coach Jan Warren. He recently won his 200th game. The last couple years have been especially successful for Warren, as his team has gone state Final Four in both 2017 and 2018. Will they go again? Time will only tell, but there’s no questioning those girls have a great coach behind them.

VETERANS MEMORIAL — We want to share our support of the decision by the Chautauqua Hometown Heroes Veterans Memorial in Mayville to add bricks for the 11 Medal of Honor recipients from Chautauqua County. The memorial is a gazebo structure incorporating walls of commemorative bricks honoring all Chautauqua County service men and women. This will be a beautiful structure once completed.

WORST

ROUNDABOUT NOTIFICATION — Early last week, flashing signs began appearing on Routes 20 and 60 about construction to take place. The OBSERVER reached out to the state Department of Transportation to see if the signs were, in fact, preparation for the roundabout construction. Our emails and calls were not returned. This past week, Fredonia Police Chief Brad Meyers said on WDOE that his office has not officially been notified about the construction either, even though the signs stated construction was slated to begin Thursday. The state DOT sends out notices all the time about pending construction. Why not this time? Are they afraid to face criticism? Our stance is quite simple — keep the local media and village officials informed so we can keep the public abreast of what is happening. There’s no reason not to be in the forefront of this major project.

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