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

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

BEST

WORLD CHANGER – We want to applaud Forestville Board of Education President Sylvester Cleary as well as his daughter Sylvea about trying to “change the world.” Sylvea witnessed bullying at school and told her dad about it. “Dad, what can one person do to make a difference?” she asked. From that conversation, a song was born, which turned into a video, and eventually was shown to the Forestville school at an assembly. It’s a small step in changing the world, educating one child at a time.

OFF TO STATES – Good luck to Fredonia’s Joe Conti and Silver Creek’s Dan Weimer. Both students qualified for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Golf Tournament at the Section 6 State Qualifier. The championships will take place June 1-3 at Cornell University. We wish them the best of luck.

WORST

MORE LAYOFFS – More bad news is coming to Silver Creek. At the start of the new year, the community learned about Ralcorp’s plan to close Petri’s Bakery, as part of its sale to ConAgra. Now we’re hearing that the Lake Erie Regional Health System is making some “staffing changes” at the Lake Shore Health Network in Irving and has laid off around a dozen employees, with more to come. There’s never a good time for a person to lose his/her job. But with Petri’s planned closure and now Lake Shore Health, there’s going to be even more people looking for work.

MUM ON SPECIFICS – Although the company is not legally obligated, we believe the Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York Interim CEO J. Gary Rhodes should have gone on record with its restructuring plan. LERHSNY receives tax dollars (i.e. Medicaid) as part of its operations. If you’re using public funds for your business and grant money to construct your facilities, you should be up front with the public when you have to lay staff off.

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Editor’s note: In last Saturday’s ‘Best’ of the week, we inadvertently forgot to mention the Forestville Lady Hornets for winning their division when we mentioned other schools. The team is still in the playoff hunt, after winning 13-5 against Ellicottville Friday. We congratulate them for a good season and hope it continues.