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

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


HIGH SCHOOL MUSICALS – It’s a busy time at many area high schools, as students are on stage showing their best.

Some of the musicals this weekend include: Dunkirk’s “Into the Woods,” Cassadaga Valley’s “The Brain from Planet X,” Silver Creek’s “Bye-bye Birdie,” Fredonia’s “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” and Westfield Academy and Central School’s “How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.” Last weekend Chautauqua Lake presented “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” We often support our local high school sports teams. These students on stage deserve just as much praise.

SWEET TIMES – Today and Sunday, as well as March 23-24 is the annual Maple Weekend. It’s a time that maple syrup producers open up their facilities to show the public how they tap syrup from trees and boil it into the syrup we all know and love. Get out this weekend and support our area maple syrup producers. Go to www.mapleweekend.com and search by county to see a list of all those participating in maple days. Your taste buds won’t regret it!

FREDONIA SUPPORT – The Fredonia Village Board made the right move Tuesday when officials agreed to participate in the Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corporation’s effort to seek a grant. The City of Dunkirk is serving as the lead applicant. Other municipalities that have signed on include Brocton, Pomfret, Sheridan, the town of Dunkirk and Portland. Our area has been talking about regional water for years. This grant application is a step toward making it a reality.


SILVER CREEK POLICE CALLS – We’re thinking there’s some fuzzy math going on here. Dunkirk Police employs 36 officers and responded to about 40,000 calls in 2012. Yet in February, Silver Creek Police Chief Timothy Roche said their five officers responded to 14,000 calls last year. That would mean a Silver Creek Police officer responded to more than two and a half times as many calls as a Dunkirk Police officer does. Somehow we doubt that.