Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:
HOTEL STILL POSSIBLE - A multi-million dollar project in the town of Hanover is still alive. Last week, businessman Tony Borrello said he was pulling the plug on a proposed hotel and water park development, due to frustrations with local officials, specifically the building inspector. On Thursday, Borrello, town and county officials met to discuss the project. According to County Legislator George Borrello, the project is back on track. "I'm thrilled that everybody was able to come together and sit down and really work together to save this project," he said. We'll see what happens, but we're glad this proposed development is once again moving forward.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS - The smiles on the faces of more than 300 children were apparent as students, teachers, staff and volunteers gathered at SUNY Fredonia for the 26th annual Special Olympics. Like the Special Olympics oath states, "Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in my attempt." We applaud those who help make this day such a success.
CCAA LEAGUE MEET - It's been more than 30 years since Dunkirk High School was able to host the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association League meet. Last weekend, track athletes were able to gather at the newly renovated Hoeppner Field in Dunkirk and by all accounts everything went smoothly. Dunkirk will now be hosting the league meet on a rotating basis.
JNK LOSES ANIMALS - It's a shame what has happened with JNK's Call of the Wild Sanctuary. The Department of Environmental Conservation seized 12 tigers, three lions, three bears and two wolves from the facility after they were reportedly living in unsatisfactory conditions. JNK, which is located on Millcreek Road, in the town of Charlotte, had been the only recognized "true" sanctuary in the state, as defined by New York state and USDA regulations. Co-owner Jackie Wisniewski said previously that the manager of Walt Disney owned a tiger housed there. She also said at one point the USDA used recommendations from JNK's feeding programs to educate other sanctuaries and exotic animal owners on proper animal nutrition. As long as the allegations are true, we don't fault the DEC in this case; we're just disappointed to see such a strong facility seem to fall apart.