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

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


HEFNER TO RETURN — SUNY Fredonia needs a stable leader. The college is in a difficult place with President Virginia Horvath retiring at the end of the month and a new restructuring plan of the Academic Affairs being implemented, that did not have the backing of the majority of the Faculty Student Association. The SUNY Board of Trustees has announced that Dr. Dennis Hefner will serve as the college’s interim president. Hefner was president at Fredonia from 1997 to 2012 and had a great deal of success. He is well respected in the community and among faculty. This will also give the College Council the time it needs to find the campus’ next president. This is a win-win situation.

N. COLLINS VETERANS TRIBUTE — Last weekend, the North Collins community was able to see the newly established North Collins Veterans’ Tribute. The tribute is made up of bricks honoring those who served with a star in the center representing the different branches of the military. The North Collins Veterans’ Tribute Group led the way in raising funds for the project after President Jim Lint began discussing the idea at a town board meeting five years ago. It is situated next to the North Collins Senior Center in front of the Marion J. Fricano Memorial Town Park on Rt. 62. We applaud those who worked hard to make this tribute possible. If you have a loved one that served in the military, take them to see the tribute. It’s a great honor.

LITTLE LEAGUE SUCCESS — Congratulations to Gowanda Little League’s Jonathan Smuda. In May he participated in the Scotts Pitch, Hit and Run competition and later advanced to the regional round. His scores were strong enough that last weekend, Jonathan went to a competition at Citi Field, where the New York Mets play. There he took first place in his age group and could be representing Gowanda Little League at the 2019 MLB All-Star Game in Cleveland! He is currently playing for Gowanda’s Designer Pools 13-16 senior league team.


SECOND VOTE — On Tuesday, a revote was held for the Dunkirk School Board’s two candidates that tied. Robert Bankoski and Betsy Ramos had the same amount of votes during the May 21 School Board election. On Tuesday, another vote was held to see who would receive the one-year and who would receive a three-year board seat. Also, there was one person who ran uncontested to be a Dunkirk Public Library trustee. It seems that the library trustee seat could have easily been placed on the May 21 vote and then use a coin flip to see which candidate got the one-year and three-year seats. This would have saved the cost of running a second election.