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

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


SHOWING SUPPORT – It’s been a heavy-hearted week with the death of high school football player Damon Janes. But the region has shown its best side. Benefits are taking place. Businesses and community groups are making donations. Vigils were held to remember the young man. Whether people knew him or not, it didn’t matter. People cared because he’s a part of our community.

GRAPE TIMES – Another sign that fall is upon us. The Grape Festival in Silver Creek has returned. Some of the highlights include vendor booths open today and Sunday; wine tasting, rides and concessions, the Todd Nelson Magic Show at 1 p.m. today; a performance by Imortal today at 5 p.m.; and of course the grand parade Sunday at 1 p.m. Stop on by if you get the chance.

CONGRESSIONAL AWARD – Congratulations to Gary and Patty Wicks of Silver Creek. The two will receive a congressional honor. The Wicks were nominated by Sen. Charles Schumer through the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s Angels in Adoption program. “Patty and Gary Wicks, over the course of more than 23 years, have opened their doors to over 80 foster children in need of a family, raising each and every one of them with love and care, including adopted sons and daughters who struggle with multiple, serious medical conditions. They are fully deserving of this congressional honor, and beyond that deserve our highest esteem,” said Schumer. They will officially be honored in Washington, D.C., Oct. 8. Congratulations to a well-deserving couple.


DUNKIRK MARKET – You may have noticed that the city’s Farmers’ Market has come to end. Many others, however, will not even know there was one. Though it was sponsored by the Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce, the market received no help from the city of Dunkirk. If the city was serious about having a Farmers’ Market, it would place it somewhere where there is high traffic. Hiding the market at Memorial Park was no favor to the vendors or residents of this city. Fredonia’s market gets it right. Put it where the traffic is, and they will come. There is traffic on Route 5, but no one is stopping for a market. Off Central Avenue on Fourth Street, however, someone may stop – even during the week. It is a better option than the current one.