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

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

BEST

OFFICE OF THE AGING – Congratulations to the Chautauqua County Office of the Aging for today being their 40th anniversary. On May 11, 1973, the Chautauqua County Legislature established the OFA. While the organization has changed over the years, their mission to help older adults live safe, healthy and independent lives remains the guiding principle behind all that they do.

HELPING LITERACY – The Bud ‘n Bloom Garden Club will be holding its annual plant sale to benefit Literacy Volunteers next weekend on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 at the Deakin’s Barn on Route 20 in Portland from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a huge selection of perennials, annuals, herbs, and vegetables as well as many beautiful container arrangements. There will also be several demonstrations, a garden tour and a raffle of lovely bushes donated by local nurseries. The sale goes on rain or shine.

LEAGUER OF THE YEAR – Congratulations to Margaret Larson of Dunkirk, who was named “Leaguer of the Year” for Chautauqua County. Pomfret Councilwoman Pat Christina was also honored for her dedication to the League of Women Voters. Both women work very hard for the League and for all the organization does for Chautauqua County.

WORST

SEAWALL CONSTRUCTION – Councilwoman Stephanie Kiyak voted against spending $200,000 on the engineering work for the seawall. The project itself is expected to cost $2.5 million. The reasons she gave was that there’s a $17 million consent order at the water treatment plant; the state audit which said city misappropriated over $1.1 million and the need to document another $2.4 million the city disbursed on behalf of HUD; it’s unknown what NRG’s PILOT payment will be in 2014. “We have waited almost 10 years to address the seawall. Waiting for another year or two to see what happens with the NRG plant and the potential of repaying HUD funds seems like the fiscally responsible and prudent approach this council should be taking,” said Kiyak. We agree.