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

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


BEACH CLEAN-UP – Recently a group of Dunkirk High School students volunteered their time in a beach clean-up. The students are part of the Career Exploration program run by Katie Piazza, E-Net Coordinator for the Workforce Investment Board at Chautauqua Works. The students collected 12 bags of trash near Wright Park. Good job to those who participated.

ELECTION HELP – The Chautauqua County Board of Elections partnered with five schools to have high school seniors work high traffic poll sites throughout the county. This is the third year the board has partnered with the area schools. Chautauqua County is the only Board of Elections in the state to have such a program. It’s a good experience for high school students and gives voters assistance when many people are waiting to cast their ballot.

TENNIS STAR – Georgie Gens has had a heck of a tennis season. The Fredonia freshman made the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships. Twenty-four year coach Mike Hirschbeck applauded her effort. “I think she is pretty focused for a ninth-grade kid,” he said. Hirschbeck is now retiring, but hope Gens’ success will continue.


CHURCH LOSS – Tri-Church parish in Brocton caught fire last weekend. The fire not only destroyed a building, it destroyed a monument. A combination of two United Methodists and one Lutheran congregations, it was the first consolidated Methodist/ Lutheran congregation in the United States. Ultimately church is the people, not just a building, but even so, this loss is something we all mourn.