Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:
FOURTH FESTIVITIES - After a morning of unsettled weather, the Fourth of July heated up for the afternoon and evening. A number of communities throughout the county celebrated with parades and fireworks. In Dunkirk, the evening light show was one of the best in years and allowed for thousands to enjoy Independence Day.
REMEMBERING A LOCAL HERO - Just about every local responder knew or had been touched by Ron Keddie. A service to remember the volunteer, who gave so much of his time and efforts, was held last week with hundreds in attendance. Keddie died on June 27 in the line of duty - while trying to help a neighbor. A procession, including 65 pieces of fire apparatus left Mackowiak's Funeral Home in Dunkirk at 11 a.m. Tuesday and proceeded to the Sheridan Fire Department for the spectacular outdoor service. The casket containing Keddie's remains was transported on a Sheridan fire truck. "How appropriate so many are here," said Peter Dawson, chaplain for the Chautauqua County Fire Chiefs. The ceremony was a fitting tribute to a man who loved what he did - and helped so many doing it.
BEATING THE HEAT - We really love summer ... but we do need a break from the heat and humidity. That break, though small, may begin on Sunday with temperatures forecast to reach only 78 degrees. In the meantime, continue to find shade and keep hydrated.
FAILED AGAIN - Despite local backing, the regional high school measure hit another road block in Albany. State Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said since 2009 he wants consolidation and efficiency. Doesn't this proposal fit the bill?