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

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


COMMUNITY SERVICE – Last weekend, members of the Fredonia State hockey team helped local senior citizens with different housekeeping chores. Also, the Fredonia High School Hillbillies soccer team cleaned up trash in the downtown area. It’s one thing to win on a field. But investing in one’s community makes a person a champion.

OFF TO KUWAIT – Our thoughts and prayers are with the 50 members of Co. A of the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion based in Dunkirk. The members of the New York Army National Guard left Saturday for Texas and then on to Kuwait, to provide logistical support to Army helicopter units. The soldiers will be on federal active duty for 12 months and spend about nine months in Kuwait. We wish them and their families the best and may God protect them while serving our country abroad.


WESTFIELD FIRE DEPARTMENT – Two assistant Westfield Fire Chiefs recently resigned from the department. After their resignations were submitted, Chief Steve Pacanowski stated, “I’m not going to sugarcoat anything; there’s a lot of turmoil in the department.” Then this past week, we received a notice saying “Please be advised that the Westfield Board of Fire Commissioners (BOFC) has determined the need to hold a meeting on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the North Room of Eason Hall.” We appreciate the notice being sent out. But when we got there, the reporter was told the meeting was an executive session only and was sent away. Perhaps there needed to be a meeting for executive session (although we’re not sure why), but a public meeting needs to take place so residents can ask questions and be told what is going on.