Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:
GOING HUNTING - Whether you're into hunting and fishing or not, you've got to be impressed by four area residents who are currently producing a new cable outdoors show. "Point Blank Outdoors," a hunting and fishing show, is televised every Tuesday at noon, Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m. on Sportsman Channel. Brothers Mark and Brian Hitcome have teamed up with Randy Hardy and Ed Shields to produce the show.
OVERSEAS SOFTBALL - We want to say congratulations and wish good luck to Gowanda eighth grader Taylor Olson, who will travel this July to play softball for America's Team overseas. Olson, a pitcher, and her teammates will travel to Padua, Florence and Rome. The team will be coached by former Olympic gold medalist Leah Amico.
TOP LACROSSE - SUNY Fredonia has had a woman's lacrosse team since 1995. This past week, for the first time in the program's 17-year history, the team earned votes in a national poll. The Blue Devils are listed among seven teams also receiving votes in this week's NCAA Division III Top 20 rankings released by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association. The Blue Devils, who can finish no worse than second in the SUNYAC, will host No. 2 ranked Cortland today at 1 p.m. for the right to host the four-team conference championship tournament. Good job and good luck!
DUFF LOGIC - Chautauqua County Legislator Bob Duff, R-Sheridan, believes the part-time sheriff deputies deserve a 17 percent raise. And if we don't give them that raise then the public may "go out there and buy the pistols and do whatever the heck they want to protect themselves." Huh? If anything, giving a significant raise to part-time deputies could also open the door for significant raises for full-time deputies (yes, 17 percent is a significant raise) and other departments. But there's only so much money the county has to cover these raises. If there's not enough dollars to go around, the Sheriff's Department may have to cut more staff to cover the raises. So if anything, Duff should be encouraging lower raises, so the county doesn't have to eliminate positions to cover the pay hikes.