Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:
GOING FOR A RIDE - Our hearts are heavy, but we have a smile on our face when it comes to Ernie Krzyzanowski. Mr. Krzyzanowski, who was a Hospice patient, wanted to cruise around the area in a convertible automobile. Thanks to the Basil dealership in Fredonia, Mr. Krzyzanowski was given a ride around town recently in a 2010 black Corvette convertible. Then on Wednesday, Mr. Krzyzanowski passed away. We're glad he was able to have that ride that meant so much to him. We applaud Hospice, Basil, and others who helped make this wish possible.
PLAYOFFS - Good luck to many of the fall sports teams, including football, volleyball, and soccer. Some of them are in the thick of the post-season. We wish them all well. Not everyone can win first place, but doing your best you can go farther than you ever expected.
CULTURAL CELEBRATION - Today from 5-11 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel, Marina and Conference Center in Dunkirk there will be a "celebration of Puerto Rican Traditions." Guests will be treated to a sampling of traditional music, dance, folk art, family activities and food. The event is sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County. Originally there was supposed to be a Heritage Festival in September, but that was canceled due to a number of factors. We're glad to see this celebration going forward.
HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT - On Sunday, the OBSERVER did an analysis of the financial reports of Lake Shore Health Care Center. The article showed that Lake Shore had used the funds it was receiving following the 2009 floods to keep the hospital afloat. Eventually those funds ran dry. Running any business on temporary funding is bad management. It will always come back to haunt you. In the end, this decision will cost a region a hospital and cost 460 workers their jobs.