Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS DEBATES - A special thank-you to the Chautauqua County League of Women Voters for all their hard work in putting on debates for the public. Debates like those help the public know a candidate beyond political signs.
RED RIBBON WEEK - A number of area schools participated in Red Ribbon Week this past week. Red Ribbon Week is an initiative to keep children off of drugs. Dunkirk School 4 Principal Kimberlee Texter said it best, "The earlier the message gets to the kids, the more likely it will stay with them." Drugs are arguably the biggest danger to young people today. If events like Red Ribbon Week can help children avoid drugs, it deserves the community's support.
FIREFIGHTER HONORED - Cassadaga firefighter Kenneth Francis Schunk, who died 46 years ago, was recently honored during a ceremony at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Wall at the state capital. Schunk died on Jan. 24, 1965 after suffering a fatal heart attack while responding to a call in the early morning hours. Schunk's name was added to the Memorial Wall. It was an appropriate gesture.
WAREHOUSE FIRE - Three fires in a week at the former Edgewood Warehouse in Dunkirk? It certainly seems suspicious. If this is some work of vandals, we encourage anyone with information to contact the police. Just because the warehouse is abandoned doesn't mean a fire there isn't dangerous. Paid and volunteer firefighters put their lives on the line every time a call comes in. And every time they're at a call means they are unavailable to be somewhere else. Let's work together as a community to rid these vandals before someone's life is lost.