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

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


MUSICAL STAR – Be sure to get a copy of Fredonia native Toni Dolce’s debut album. “Introduction” is available at the Cool Little Music Shop in Fredonia, the Barker Library as well as on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby and Google Play. Dolce, a classical crossover artist, was a contestant on “The X Factor” before she was cut from the field of 70 when it was narrowed down to 32. Since then, she’s been able to network and get her first CD out. Dolce is trying to become the female version of Josh Groban. “Introduction” shows she’s headed in the right direction.

MORRISON’S CAREER – Westfield Lady Wolverines varsity basketball team has had Rich Morrison as its coach for the past 20 years. But Morrison has decided to step down. Looking back, Morrison has had quite a number of successes, including the 2003 Class C Champions. He also started a tradition of taking students to the NCAA Women’s Basketball tournament. WACS students were blessed to have Morrison stick around so long. We wish him good luck as he spends more time with his family.

SPOKE FOLK, ASPIRE PARTNERSHIP – Spoke Folk, which helps refurbish old bicycles, and Aspire of Western New York, which helps individuals with developmental disabilities, have joined together. The two organizations now share a joint facility at the former Crino’s Gymnastic and Dance Studio, located at 811 Central Ave., Dunkirk. “With bikes and art it is neat how there is no such thing as a disability – someone who can’t see can create (a work of art) and we can teach people who can’t walk to work on bikes. They are a unique group of folks who just want to grow and learn,” said Rich Goodman with Spoke Folk. May their partnership continue.


ON TIME BUDGET BLATHER – For years the New York State Legislature has been notoriously late for its budget, which begins April 1. For the last three years, the State Legislature has been able to get a budget passed on time. So they’re all applauding themselves. But that’s only part of the issue. This budget is forcing the minimum wage to go up, but is giving businesses who have teenage workers financial bonuses; cuts funds for cancer testing and the disabled but offers tax breaks for movie and TV studios; and does little to bring new businesses to Upstate New York. Having an on-time budget is only part of the solution.