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

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


GREEN ARCH – Weather permitting, today marks a monumental day in Brocton. The green arch, which was taken down last fall, will start to be returned. The arch was taken down on Oct. 22 in the middle of the night. This time, construction is set to begin at 9 a.m. As the only structure of its kind, the arch, which was constructed in 1913, has sustained its share of weathering and structural damage over the years. It needed to be rebuilt. We’re looking forward to seeing the famous symbol return.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE – April is Organ Donor Awareness Month. Because of this, Karen George, owner of Karen’s Hairem, is holding a raffle for all those who sign up to become an organ donor. But for George, organ donor awareness is more personal. That’s because her husband Jeff, is the recipient of two kidney transplants. Sign up to be an organ donor. You never know the life you could save.

CLOSED TRAILS – For snowmobile enthusiasts, the winter of 2011-12 was one to forget. The trails were only open a single day all year. Although the season started late this winter, there was enough snow for snowmobiles to hit the trails a few times. We thank the farmers and land owners who graciously let snowmobilers ride on their lands. We also applaud the snowmobile clubs that put up the necessary signs and clean the trails. Without their partnership, not only would local snowmobilers not be able to go out, but riders from other areas would not visit our region, generating a lot of money for our local economy.


LAKE ERIE ALGAE – For years, Chautauqua County has been fighting algae blooms in Chautauqua Lake. Now, scientists are predicting more “mega-blooms” on Lake Erie. Why? A lot has to do with how no-till farming, which technically is good for the environment, keeps fertilizer in the upper soil. Then the phosphorus can get washed into Lake Erie. An international team of scientists are working on the problem, but there are no easy solutions. But in the end, if a solution is not found, problems Chautauqua Lake has been having will repeat in Lake Erie.