Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:
LAKE SHORE HEALTH CARE - About 300 employees and the greater Silver Creek area are breathing a sigh of relief. TLC Health Care Network, the parent company of Lake Shore Health Care Center, has rescinded its plan to close the hospital. Citizens and local politicians have been lobbying hard to save the hospital since the closure plan was announced last October. Although the hospital still needs to make changes to its operation and stop losing money, this is great news for the area.
MEDAL OF HONOR - Earlier this week, the White House announced that Lt. Alonzo Cushing, who was born in Wisconsin and grew up in Fredonia, will receive the Medal of Honor for his bravery in the Civil War. Lt. Cushing died at age 22 while standing his ground against Pickett's Charge during the pivotal three-day Battle of Gettysburg. This is a well-deserved honor.
FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT - The Dunkirk city Fire Department used to use the James J. Murphy Firemen's Training Grounds on Brigham Road until the building there was in such poor condition that it had to be demolished. Firefighters had to go to Jamestown for training. Now, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded the local area $360,000 for a mobile burn simulator. Not only will Dunkirk be able to use it, but so will volunteer fire departments from around the county. Training firefighters is important, so we're glad they will be able to do this now close to home.
JAMMERS TO LEAVE - An end of an era is taking place in Chautauqua County. The Jamestown Jammers, a professional short-season Class A baseball team, is relocating to Morgantown, West Virginia. Attendance had been reported to be around 750 people a game, the lowest in the New York-Penn league. It ends 75 years of professional baseball in Jamestown. This is the place where a young Randy Johnson got his start. Andres Galarraga, Delino DeShields and Marquis Grissom who helped keep the Montreal Expos near the top of the National League East for years, started in Jamestown. It was Jammers' alumnus Dave Roberts who stole second base in the 2004 ALCS that changed the course of Boston Red Sox history. Giancarlo Stanton, who played for the Jammers in 2007, is now one of the most noted power hitters in all of baseball. For those who would like to see the team one last time, the Jammers play on Sunday at 4 p.m. and Monday at 1 p.m. in Diethrick Park.