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

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


FIREFIGHTER HONORS – Sheridan volunteer firefighter Ron Keddie, who died in June 2012 after having a heart attack while responding to a call, was honored along with a number of firefighters who died in the line of duty. Along with Keddie, Webster firefighters Michael J. Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka were honored. The two were killed by a deranged gunman on Christmas Eve, 2012. In New York, their names were added to the New York State Fallen Firefighters memorial. A national Memorial Service was also held in Emmitsburg, Md.

EMT HONORS – Congratulations to David Hazelton. The Brocton resident was recently selected as the New York State American Legion 2013 EMT of the Year. Hazelton has served 40 years as a firefighter and 30 years as an Emergency Medical Technician, first with the Portland Volunteer Fire Department and now with Brocton.

HOMECOMING – This weekend is Homecoming at SUNY Fredonia. Some of the highlights include Constance (Wheat) Batty, Ph.D ’54 (education) and Edward “Ted” Dedee ’71 (music education) will be recognized at the Alumni Awards Brunch; an Alumni picnic at 2 p.m.; a tour of President Virginia Horvath’s residence at 3:30 p.m.; as well as several sporting and music events. For a full schedule visit alumni.fredonia.edu/Events/Homecoming.aspx.


TAX REPORT – The Tax Foundation, a national tax watch group, listed New York state at 50th for tax codes and tax rates. It’s easy to blame Albany for this issue. But Albany is not alone. When we have residents of school districts who refuse to merge, we have villages that refuse to dissolve and let the towns run them and when we have municipalities that refuse to work with neighboring municipalities on things like water, we are part of the problem.