Highs and lows: Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best – and worst – of the week:


RACING DOGS – Good luck to the Olmstead family. They are headed to Alaska to compete in the International Federation of Sled Dog Sports World Championships at North Pole, a small city about 14 miles west of Fairbanks in early March. We wish the Sinclairville residents good luck and safe travels.

WRCL CHAMPS – Westfield-Ripley-Chautauqua Lake placed 14 wrestlers in the top five last weekend during the Class B Championships. This gave them the No. 1 ranking. For those who wonder if sports will suffer in merged districts, here’s a great example. It’s doubtful Ripley, Westfield and Chautauqua Lake all would have been champions on their own, but as a combined team, they made it possible.

FEMA FUNDS – It’s been three and a half years, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency is finally delivering $1.3 million to Gowanda following the 2009 floods. FEMA had previously given its OK for the funds, but for some unknown reason, wouldn’t cut the check. Because of this, Gowanda had incurred $200,000 in interest. Imagine the outrage had the federal government taken three and half years to release funds following Hurricane Sandy.


SCHOOL FOOD – We believe children need to eat healthy, but there comes a point when the government is going overboard. According to Pine Valley school officials, kindergarten students aren’t allowed to have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches five days a week because they would be eating too much grain. Seventh and eighth graders are only allowed a half cup of fruit – a quarter cup less than last year. Remember, these are teenagers. “It’s been a nightmare for many managers,” said cafeteria manager Terry Brown. The Health, Hunger-Free Kids Act is working against children, not for them. So when Sen. Kirtsen Gillibrand wants us to applaud her for introducing this act, be sure to let her know of some of the end results.