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

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


HELPING BREAST CANCER FIGHT – Bokwey Burnley of Dunkirk recently spoke at a fashion show in Ellicottville called “Pretty in Pink” in which the proceeds went to help fight breast cancer. Burnley not only did a good job speaking, she helped out the organization because of a last-minute cancellation. Burnley is starting her own television show on fashion called “Fashion Forward” which will be aired on Access 12 TV. She is also working on producing a formal/evening wear clothing line that will help meet the needs of women who have had a mastectomy. We applaud Burnley and others who continue to bring awareness and fund raise against a disease that has taken too many lives.

RAISING AWARENESS – Halloween is a fun time for children. Thoughts of wearing costumes and getting free candy can get their minds racing. Instead of just “checking out” for the week, a number of area school districts use the week of costumes to stress to children the dangers of drug and alcohol use. Anything schools can do to keep children away from drugs the better.

SUHR HONORS – Congratulations to Fredonia native Jennifer Suhr on being added to the Greater Buffalo Hall of Fame. Suhr, who won the gold medal for pole vaulting in 2012 and the silver medal in 2008 in the summer Olympics, is unique because she has not retired, as most athletes have done who are in the Greater Buffalo Hall of Fame. She continues to make her hometown proud for all of her hard work and success.


DAMAGED CITY BENCH – Kathy Collins donated two benches to Bicentennial Park in Dunkirk. The two benches belonged to her mother Cecelia Cooley, who passed away in 2005. Over the summer one of the benches was completely destroyed by vandals. Now this fall, the second bench was damaged as well. No arrests have been made. Collins has decided to remove the damaged bench and isn’t replacing the one that was destroyed over the summer. It’s a shame that the actions of a few can ruin something for the community at large. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 366-2266.