Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:
HORRIGAN RETIREMENT - Vince Horrigan, the executive director of the American Red Cross of Southwestern New York, has announced his retirement. Horrigan has served as the executive director for the past 10 years. His leadership will be missed. Under his tenure, Horrigan was able to unite three separate chapters in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Allegany into one organization. Horrigan has done a great job and we wish him the best in retirement.
RUNNING VILLAGE ELECTIONS - Forestville is the latest village to make arrangements with the Chautauqua County Board of Elections to run March elections. Falconer, Cherry Creek, Panama, Lakewood, Sherman, Westfield, Fredonia and Celoron. Only Cassadaga, Bemus Point and Sinclairville plan to run their own elections. It makes sense to have the county run village elections. Elections is what the Board of Elections specializes in. If you want to have a village government, do it right and have the right people run the elections.
MANCUSO RETIREMENT - On Friday, David Mancuso, the President and CEO of Lake Shore Bancorp, retired. Mancuso began his career as a teller and worked his way up the corporate ladder. Under his leadership, Lake Shore Savings Bank expanded from a single-branch savings bank in Chautauqua County to 10 branches in two counties with 130 employees. His hard work is an inspiration to young people starting out to show what you can do if you put your mind to it.
COCKAIGNE FIRE - Anyone who has gone skiing at Cockaigne can appreciate the ski center lodge. The building was originally constructed in New York City as part of the World's Fair in 1965. It was disassembled and shipped to Cherry Creek, where it was reconstructed and became the centerpiece of the ski resort. But on Monday night the 45-year-old building was destroyed in a fire. We're glad that plans are in the works to re-open Cockaigne this winter, but we can't help but feel saddened over the loss of a landmark.