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

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


WRESTLING OVERSEAS – This past week, Fredonia resident Alex Conti has been in Warsaw, Poland for an international training camp tournament in preparation for the World Championships, which will be held in Budapest, Hungary. It’s quite an honor for Conti, the longtime Fredonia High School wrestling coach.

URGENT CARE PROPOSAL – Many Gowanda area residents were understandably upset when news came out that the Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York was not going to construct a hospital, due to financial restraints. Because of this, LERHSNY would like to expand the Urgent Care Facility. A building permit has not yet been issued, but if there’s not going to be a hospital, we encourage Gowanda officials to help LERHSNY move this project along quickly so they can get the necessary funding.

ELECTION DATE CHANGE – A couple of weeks ago, Silver Creek officials agreed to move village elections from March to November. November elections save villages money because the county Board of Elections won’t have to charge for them. Also, our society is used to voting in November, so a November election will bring more people to the polls. This was a smart move. Forestville is considering a similar decision. We encourage them and other villages in the county, to follow suit.


HERITAGE FESTIVAL TIMING – There’s some concerns by Dunkirk officials that not enough is being done to promote Dunkirk’s new Heritage Festival, which is set for Sept. 7. Another question that should have been asked is why was the date Sept. 7 chosen. Next door, Fredonia will be holding its annual Red, White and Blues festival. That festival brings hundreds of visitors to the region. Heritage Festival organizers should have scheduled the new festival the following weekend, sandwiching it between Red, White and Blues and Silver Creek’s Grape Festival.