Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:
RETIRING JUSTICE - Otis Barber has stepped off the bench after serving for 34 years as a town judge in Stockton. We applaud him for his long-time service to the town. Stockton used to have two justices, but went down to one a few years ago, when Barber was still serving as town judge.
SMALLER LEGISLATURE - This year a new, smaller county legislature will be in place for Chautauqua County. It's about time. Twenty-five legislators were too many. Nineteen still seems like a lot, but at least it's a step in the right direction.
JAMESTOWN ON TV - Did you miss the Progressive Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular show at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena Dec. 14? If you did, or even if you were there, you can see the show on NBC Sunday from 1-3 p.m. The show includes performances by Olympic medalists, world champions, Disney Channel stars and recent American idol winner Candice Glover. It's not often events from our county land on national television. Make sure you tune in or set your DVRs if you're not able to see it Sunday.
SCHOOL SCHEDULES - On Friday a number of a local schools were closed because of the weather. This is understandable. But other schools that weren't closed were actually still on Christmas break. Why is it so difficult for area schools to have the same schedule? There is no reason Fredonia, Dunkirk and Cassadaga were all on winter break Thursday and Friday, yet Brocton, Silver Creek, Forestville and Westfield all had classes. It's time a master school schedule be created and followed by all school districts.