Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:
BASEBALL PLAYOFFS - Although no high school varsity teams are being represented this weekend in the state baseball or softball championships, the area will be represented - by umpires. Jerry Reilly and Marvin Cummings were both selected to go to Binghamton this weekend to officiate the New York State Public High School Athletic Association baseball championships. It's the first time either one has had this opportunity. Congratulations to both of them for being selected.
PETITION POWER - A proposed hotel and water park in the town of Hanover has generated people petitioning - not against the project, but rather for it. Too often, developers have proposed projects and residents have complained, sometimes taking municipalities and businesses to court to try to stop it. Residents in Hanover realize that this development is something positive for the town and they want their officials to know it. Their words need to be remembered by those that they elected to office.
IMPROVING INTERSECTION - The intersection of Routes 20 and 60 in the town of Pomfret is one of the busiest intersections in the county. But even as busy as it is, there's no crosswalks, no easy way for bicyclists or pedestrians to cross. The state has awarded the local area a $720,000 grant to not only create crosswalks, but design the intersection to make it safer. Hopefully this money will make things better and save a few lives.
RIPLEY BUILDING - Ripley officials have been trying to tear down the Corner Bar in Ripley with little success. The owner has not taken care of it. The building is in disrepair but because of asbestos in the building, officials have been unable to have the town do it. A similar problem was in Forestville a few years ago. In the end, the village had to take it down and it ended up being a huge financial burden on taxpayers. Hopefully this situation ends better.