Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:
ON STAGE - Congratulations to the many students who are currently participating in their school musicals and theater productions. After weeks, and in some cases months, of practice, the students are showing us their work. This weekend, Cassadaga Valley is performing "Big" and Pine Valley Central School is performing "The Music Man." Earlier this month, Chautauqua Lake students performed in "The Wizard of Oz" and Dunkirk High School students presented "Grease." Fredonia students are currently rehearsing in "Bye-Bye Birdie," which will open next weekend. Silver Creek will also be performing on stage next weekend in "Heaven can wait." Make time to see a local student show. You won't regret it!
STATE CHAMPS - Congratulations again to the Chautauqua Lake Central School girls basketball team. The players won their first ever state title, easily defeating Hoosic Valley Lady Indians. We applaud you for your successful season. We also believe that having Ripley as part of your school has made your sports stronger. Both communities should be proud.
ELECTION MOVE - The second time was the charm for Forestville. They, along with Mayville, agreed to move village elections to November. This will increase voter turnout, be less costly for villages, and make budget planning easier for newly elected officials. Along with those two, in Chautauqua County Fredonia, Silver Creek, Celoron, Falconer, and Lakewood now all have November elections. It's time for the remaining villages to do the right thing and move theirs as well.
ANOTHER CLOSURE - On Jan. 5, 2013, in our "Worst of the week" we stated the following: " It's tough being three days into the new year and hearing that about 375 jobs will be lost. But that's what happened on Thursday when Ralcorp, which is in the process of being purchased by ConAgra, announced they're closing Petri's and Carriage House in Dunkirk. County Legislator George Borrello called the news a "punch in the gut." It's what we all felt and still feel. Local and state officials are all pledging to do all they can to keep these businesses open, but it's a long shot. You've got a business in St. Louis deciding to lay off hundreds of people and the business buying them is located in Omaha, Neb. What makes you think that either of these companies care at all about the families in Western New York?" With Wednesday's announcement that ConAgra will now close Carriage House in Fredonia, that "punch in the gut" feeling has returned once again.