Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:
MUSIC MAN - Some people may have attended Arkpark this past week to hear the heavy metal band Megadeth. Longtime fans know the group used to have two members from Dunkirk - the late Gar Samuelson and Chris Poland. It was good to hear that Poland is still working on music, performing with OHM. The band is currently working on a live album. Hopefully at some point the band can perform in Chautauqua County.
TO PROTECT AND SERVE - This past week there has been a lot of disturbing testimony shared at the Jason Wells murder trial. Under oath, police discussed the condition Ruth Fisk was in when her body was found slain. Pictures were taken at the crime scene. A video allegedly recorded by Wells was made of Fisk being killed. The video did not have many visual scenes, but the audio was clear. Officer Nathan Scriven watched the three-hour video and had it edited down to 42 minutes which was played at the murder trial. This is not easy work. Reading about this murder trial, we are reminded the role police take in not only keeping our community safe, but the work that must be done when trust is violated.
WINNING WAL-MART - Former Buffalo Sabre Rob Ray made a visit to the Fredonia Wal-Mart this past week. The local store was the winning Western New York Wal-Mart store for fundraising, generating $26,000 to the Women & Children's Hospital in Buffalo. The Fredonia store was provided a signed jersey for their efforts. "It doesn't seem like much, it's just a jersey," said Ray. "... the great thing is it raises a lot of money for Children's." We agree and applaud those who helped participate in the latest fundraiser.
DREDGING PROBLEMS - For years, Hanover has been lobbying to get its harbor on Lake Erie dredged. Earlier this year it looked as though the project would finally happen; now there's a number of problems which could kill off the project. According to Highway Superintendent Steve D'Angelo, they're having a problem with new testing ordered by the Army Corps of Engineers. Also, the Department of Conservation has objected to their plans on what to do with the material once the lake is dredged. "Honestly it doesn't look like this project will go. I think it is dead," he said. Supervisor Todd Johnson said they're trying to have a face-to-face meeting soon with the DEC and Army Corps. It might be worthwhile getting state and federal officials involved. We don't want to miss this opportunity for dredging, especially since Dunkirk and Barcelona are expected to be dredged as well.