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

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


STIRRING ANTHEM – On Wednesday, the Buffalo Sabres went to Boston to play the Bruins, the first sporting event following the tragic bombing. To open the event, Rene Rancourt started singing the National Anthem, but stopped part way through after fans began singing it. It was arguably one of the most powerful Anthems ever. When Whitney Houston led the National Anthem in Super Bowl XXV, tears were running down people’s faces. Wednesday’s singing equaled that emotion.

QUICK ARRESTS – Hearing that two people were murdered in rural southern Chautauqua County can make your head spin. But local police and investigators were able to follow up on a number of leads and took four people into custody a day later. Although there are a number of questions, it’s good to know that the alleged perpetrators are off the streets.

POMFRET CLERK TO RETIRE – Roberta Valentine has been a member of the Pomfret Town Board for a number of years – first as a councilwoman and now as the town clerk. She will retire at the end of June. We wish her the best in this new phase of life.


FATAL ACCIDENT – A van carrying 10 people crashed Thursday on the Thruway, killing three occupants, including a one-month old infant. Seven others were injured in the accident. Although the people are not from the local area, we still feel a great sadness for their loss. Police said at least some of the children weren’t wearing seatbelts. Wear your seatbelts. It could save a life. And insist your children do as well.