Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:
PIGSKIN SUCCESS - Local varsity football teams worked hard this year and some found success. Fredonia and Chautauqua Lake/Maple Grove both made it to the Section 6 championships and played at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Unfortunately, both teams' seasons came to an end there. But looking back, both schools had strong runs. Those are memories you'll always hold on to.
MODEL STUDENTS - The Fredonia High School Model United Nations team recently competed at the 61st annual Model United Nations Conference in Erie, Pa. There were about 50 schools from New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Fredonia's country was Pakistan. Acting as a delegate from Pakistan, the students prepared resolutions and deliberated on issues including: the restriction of nuclear weapons, the global financial crisis, limited clean drinking water and aid for refugees. Fredonia was awarded first place for the "Outstanding Position Paper" category.
JURY DUTY - In late September Chautauqua County began the task of finding jurors for the Anthony Taglianetti murder trial. Jury selection continued until Oct. 18. The trial began Oct. 22 and continued until Nov. 8. It was a long commitment, not only for the District Attorney's and the Public Defender's Office, but also for the jurors who were seated in the case. Hearing a murder trial can be very emotional. We applaud those who served on this jury. It truly is a thankless job.
FORESTVILLE DISPUTE - A woman in Forestville wrote a letter to the editor that was published in the OBSERVER. In the letter she stated she was in favor of moving village elections to the fall. During the Village Board meeting this past week, a man allegedly poked the woman, because he did not like the letter she wrote. The Sheriff's Department was called to the scene. If true, this man should be charged with harassment. What she wrote was not libelous. In America, citizens are given freedom of speech and freedom of the press. If you disagree with a writer's opinion, write your own letter. Don't physically harass people for having an opinion different from your own.