Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:
SIGNS OF SAFETY - Both the city of Dunkirk and village of Fredonia have made strides in keeping pedestrians and children safer. In the city, a new sign alerting motorists to slow down in the school zones was installed on Central Avenue near School 4. In Fredonia, thanks to the efforts of village Justice David Prince and Brad Meyers, police chief, there are newly installed signs on Main Street stressing crosswalk safety. Both are steps in the right direction.
MESSAGE FOR ALBANY - Sam Hoyt, regional president of the Empire State Development Corp. was tasked by Gov. Andrew Cuomo with visiting Dunkirk on Thursday and taking our concerns back to Albany. There were a number of good questions, especially regarding NRG. That concern is one that our state capital cannot hear enough about.
SNOWPLOW TARGET - Many must have thought the same thing we did as we published the story: what was Thomas Barone thinking? Barone, 40, was charged with reckless endangerment, second-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief and obstruction after shooting the village plow with a pellet gun. The plow driver was injured in the incident.
LACK OF CONSTRUCTION - While city of Dunkirk had more than $3.8 million in work done on buildings in the city, there was no new construction of homes. During the recession, the home market was suffering nationally but it has since bounced back. Dunkirk, it appears, is still struggling.