Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:
BENEFIT SUPPORT - We want to applaud all those who not only attended the Damon Janes benefit last Sunday, but also all the companies and individuals who donated to the benefit. It was well attended and showed how much this region cares about a teenager whose life was tragically cut short from a football injury. Another benefit will take place this Sunday. From 1-7 p.m. a chicken and biscuit dinner will be held at the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge in Westfield, 19 Clinton St. A 50/50 raffle and Chinese auction will be taking place along with live music. Tickets are $5 for children 7 and under and $7 for adults.
SUPPORTING BREAST CANCER - Many area schools and organizations this month will be "going pink" in support of those who have been affected by breast cancer. On Thursday, the Dunkirk-Fredonia-Silver Creek swim team donned pinked caps as part of the "Pink the Pool" meet. Money raised will be donated to the Olivia Coia Scholarship at Silver Creek Central School. Coia was a teacher in the Silver Creek School District who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2010.
COLLEGE COUNCIL SERVICE - We congratulate Carla Westerlund and Robert Heichberger for their many years of service on the SUNY Fredonia College Council. Heichberger, who is also an OBSERVER columnist, and Westerlund, are both stepping down after 14 years of service.
DREDGING ON HOLD - Last week we were praising the fact that the federal government was coming to Dunkirk and Hanover to discuss dredging the Lake Erie harbor. But because of the federal shutdown that meeting is on hold. Like County Executive Greg Edwards said, the longer this shutdown goes on, the more services that are going to be affected. Hopefully a solution will be found - soon!