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

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

BEST

PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE – We applaud those organizations which continue to remember the lives lost on Dec. 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor. Today, a commemoration and memorial service will start at 11 a.m. at the Samuel Cimino VFW Post 6472, 13 N. Main St. Silver Creek. A second service will take place at Dunkirk American Legion Post 62, 211 Central Ave. in the Legion Hall.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAM – This past week, Raymond “Sam” Weber turned 105 years old. A World War II veteran, he resides at St. Columban’s on the Lake in Sheridan. He gave some excellent advice as well when he said, “God put you on earth to enjoy it, so enjoy the world, love everyone and don’t be mad at anyone.” May we all take Sam’s words to heart.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY – As Black Friday and Cyber Monday continue to grow, so has Small Business Saturday, a push for residents to support more than just the big box stores and on-line sales. It’s important for the local community to shop locally. Small businesses are the backbone of our nation. Money spent here stays here, so buy locally this holiday season.

WORST

MAKING VOGTLI WAIT – Residents in the town of Collins elected Janet Vogtli in the November elections after former town Councilman Robert Gaylord resigned. But the Collins Town Board voted against swearing Vogtli in before January in a 2-2 vote, with Councilmembers Ken Martin and Mary Stelley voting against bringing her on now. Martin believed the position should remain vacant so the town could save on the salary position, about $800. If you’re interested in saving salary, have town officials serve without pay, like school board members. You could also look at reducing the size of the town board. But if someone has won the election, the spot is vacant and that person is willing to start immediately, just have her start. There’s no sense in waiting.