highs and lows Some of the best, worst of the week

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


NEW GRADUATES — Congratulations to the recent graduates of SUNY Fredonia. Many of those students are not from here, but we hope some were able to find employment and stick around the area. Winter may be long, but spring, summer and fall are beyond compare. Our region has a lot to offer. Hopefully some will consider making root in Chautauqua County.

SOFTBALL STARS — Congratulations goes out to fifth-grader Mackenzie Schumaker of Westfield and seventh-grader Jordan Lucas of Fredonia (pictured). The two girls have been named to the USSSA All American softball teams. They were chosen to represent the Northeastern states for the USSSA All American Games in Viera, Florida in July. We wish them good luck and applaud them for being selected.

ART ON THE TRAIL — For the last two weeks, the OBSERVER has been featuring various artists who will be displaying their work during the 11th annual Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail Open studio and Gallery Tour today and Sunday. There are a lot of amazing artists in our region. We hope you are able to take the time and visit some of the work on display.


EXECUTIVE SESSION — When it comes to a municipality calling for executive session regarding property sales, New York’s Open Meeting Law states it is permissible when “the proposed acquisition, sale or lease of real property or the proposed acquisition of securities, or sale or exchange of securities held by such public body, but only when publicity would substantially affect the value thereof.”

On Tuesday, Third Ward Councilman Shaun Heenan objected when the city council called for an executive session to discuss a real estate issue. According to Heenan, the executive session was in regards to a proposed solar power project at the old landfill on Roberts Road in the town of Dunkirk. Originally that discussion was going to be in public session, however when the architect couldn’t make it, city officials wanted to have the discussion in private.

Having that meeting in public would not have affected the value of the property. We believe this executive session was illegal and we agree with Heenan on this one.