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

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

BEST

STANDING FIRM – Last weekend was a busy weekend. Many people were participating in community festivals, others were shopping, and it was also the last weekend for regular deer season. But even in the midst of all the business, hundreds of community members braved the elements and gathered at the Dunkirk Pier to show their support for NRG to become a natural gas plant. Gov. Cuomo, are you listening?

FREDONIA ‘MIRACLES’ – We want to applaud those who helped plan this year’s “Miracle on Main Street” in Fredonia. It was a great time for young and old alike. We also want to acknowledge Hospice and its role with the festival. New this year, the annual lighting of the village tree took place with Hospice Light A Life and a Hospice presentation. Christmas is a difficult time for many people who have lost loved ones. The tree helped the community remember those who have passed on in a positive way.

ELEMENTARY SINGING – For the past two years, Cassadaga Valley has not had an elementary chorus concert for parents and community members. But this year with the return of Nicole Zenns to the school district, a concert took place at the Sinclairville Elementary School. It’s important to teach children when they are young about music. We say good job to the children who participated and good job to school officials for helping to make this happen.

LOSS

FORMER OFFICER PASSES – Ann Marlene (Brooks) West of Fredonia died Dec. 5. She was well known in the community for her years as a member of the Fredonia Police Department. In 1983, Ann joined the Fredonia Police Department and was the first female officer in Chautauqua County. In 1996 she became the first woman in the Cattaraugus-Chautauqua County region to be elevated to the rank of sergeant. Her specialization was family and children’s issues which continued until her retirement in 2003. Ann was a great role model for young women and paved the way for other female officers in the region. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.