Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:
GIVING SPIRIT - We applaud residents and community members who have been giving generously to those in need this holiday season. The Chautauqua County Town and Village Highway Association collected around 600 toys and gave $500 to the Salvation Army. Acts like this ensure children in our area will indeed have a Merry Christmas!
SNOW BREAK - After three large storms this month, Mother Nature is giving us a break. It will be nice to be able to clean out roads, driveways, parking lots and sidewalks before the next storm hits. Hopefully, though, the warm weather won't melt away all our snow and we can still have a white Christmas!
SMALLER LEGISLATURE - We say good-bye to a 25-member Chautauqua County Legislature. For years, we, along with residents, have been advocating for a smaller legislature board. The new 19-member board goes into effect Jan. 1. Although we could easily argue that 19 members is still too large, at least it's a start.
BAD ENDING - Unfortunately for the Dunkirk Lady Marauders, the varsity team came up on a losing effort to the Silver Creek Black Knights, following a bad decision by the referees. The two basketball teams were entering their third overtime, when the officials declared that the game would be concluded by "sudden death" - the next team to score a point would win the game. Both coaches argued against the ruling, but the officials insisted this is the rule. Later after the game it was determined that this rule is in place for modified basketball, not varsity. We don't want to be too hard on these officials, but in the end, they got the rule wrong. Hopefully this won't happen again.