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

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


SUPER STEEPLE — More than 150 years ago, the Fredonia Baptist Church installed its church steeple. It was replaced in the late 1880s. That steeple burned down last year. Now, Family Church of Fredonia has placed a new steeple on the building. They’re also planning on installing a clock in it later this month. The project looks amazing. When the steeple first caught fire, no one was sure if the building would be saved. But thanks to quick work by area firefighters, a generous community and a church with a vision, the building is looking more beautiful than ever.

JAMMER TIME — This year the Jamestown Jammers are not playing after the previous team left. But when they return next year to the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, they’ll have a familiar face as its leader. Jamestown native Jordan Basile, who played college ball at SUNY Fredonia, will be the new field manager. When Basile played baseball at SUNY Fredonia he was first in all-time hits, runs scored and at bats. And those records still stand today. Since graduating college, Basile has worked with the Detroit Tigers organization, the University at Buffalo, Lake Erie College and Patrick Henry Community College. We wish him the best as he prepares to return to Chautauqua County.

HISTORY DAYS — If you did not get a chance to check out Fredonia’s History Days last night, don’t worry; there’s still time. Get to Barker Common and see the Antique Village, the William Hart Gas Well exhibit, live entertainment and more. Events start this morning at 10 a.m. and run all day. It’s always a great weekend.

In Memory

LOSSES AT FREDONIA — Longtime residents, students and those associated with Fredonia Central Schools are mourning the losses of two significant educators in recent days. Former Fredonia Principal Leonard Vento died on July 9 and Miss Lorna Penny, English teacher at Fredonia High, died on Wednesday. Both are remembered as tremendous instructors and volunteers for their communities. Never forget their lessons and contributions. Keep their families in your prayers.