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

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

BEST

SILVER CREEK LACROSSE – Congratulations to the Black Knights for winning their fifth straight Section 6 class C crown. Much of the team’s success has been due to senior Zeddie Williams, who scored eight of the team’s 17 goals in their victory over Akron. Now Silver Creek will battle with Penn Yan today, the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year. Good luck to the Black Knights.

SILENCING SIRENS – Brocton officials are considering silencing their fire department’s horn during the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. nightly. There are those who are criticizing the decision, saying the volunteer firefighters are out saving lives. This is true. But a survey should be done to see how many volunteers actually rely on the whistle. Most volunteers nowadays are using scanners and text messages. Sirens were important during a different generation. It’s time to move forward. Besides, if there truly were a villagewide emergency, then let the horn sound to warn residents. That would make the siren that much more effective.

GRAPE DISCOVERIES – The Grape Discovery Center on Route 20 in Westfield has officially opened. The center will help promote the grape industry and be a place to learn about history as well. “Before it was a dream and now it is possible,” said Andrew Dufresne, executive director of the Concord Grape Belt Heritage Association. For more information about the center, call (716)326-2003 or visit www.grapediscoverycenter.com.

WORST

PROPOSED BOATING REGS – There are 150 members of the New York State Assembly. Apparently the majority of them have lost their common sense. The Assembly recently passed legislation that would require all boaters to take a New York State boater safety class before hitting the waters. But if a boater took the safety class in another state, it wouldn’t count. That would be like requiring all vehicle drivers to take a New York State drivers safety class, even if you have a driver’s license from another state. Imagine if a driver from Pennsylvania was told his/her driver’s license was no good in the state of New York. That person would never visit New York again. The same thing could happen with boaters. Assemblyman Andy Goodell of Jamestown, who is opposed to the proposed legislation, doubts the State Senate would consider moving the bill forward. But we have to ask: where is the Assembly’s common sense? They’re more worried about protecting Sheldon Silver than they are about passing good legislation.