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

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


SHARING STAFF – We applaud the move by the Silver Creek School Board of Education, approving a proposal to have Silver Creek and Forestville share the same transportation supervisor. The Forestville School Board must give its approval before the proposal can take effect. Other schools currently share the same transportation supervisor. It’s another way schools can save money without hurting the classroom.

RETIREMENT – We wish the best to Patti Bruehl, who is retiring after 30 years of running the Attic Place in Gowanda. Small businesses are important to our region. Bruehl opened the consignment shop in 1981. But don’t worry; although the shop will be closed this summer for transition, it will re-open this fall under new ownership.

NATIONAL CHAMP – We want to congratulate Fredonia native and Olympic gold medalist Jenn Suhr. Last weekend she continued in her dominance of the pole vaulting sport, becoming a national champion. She currently has the world indoor record and will soon face outdoor world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia. “I’m inviting as many family members that will go over to Moscow as I can to help cheer for me,” Suhr said. Even if we can’t make it, we’ll be cheering for you here in Chautauqua County.


NO PETCARE – Think your water bill is too high? Apparently Saturn Petcare Inc. does as well. The German-based company voted against coming to Chautauqua County, in large part because of the cost of water. “It wasn’t just the fact of if they could get water; it was also the expense of the water. They use a lot of water,” said Chautauqua County IDA Director Bill Daly. Had the business come, they were looking to start with 25 employees, grow to more than 100 in five years and put more than $20 million into the business and property upgrades. And now it’s back to the drawing board.