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

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


HELPING ALICE – On Friday, the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies’ alumni game had special meaning. Part of the proceeds from the event are going toward “Alice’s Army: Winning the battle against leukemia.” Alice Moore, a 2012 graduate and former Lady Hillbilly, was recently diagnosed with leukemia. As coach Carol Zirkle stated, “Once you’re part of this team, you’re always part of the program.” We wish Alice the best and know she is in our thoughts and prayers.

MUSICAL FINALIST – Students and parents of Westfield Academy Central School know how good music teacher Kent Knappenberger is. Pretty soon the entire country could learn this as well. Knappenberger has made it to the final elimination round as one of 10 finalists selected from across the nation to win the first ever Music Educator Award – presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. Because he’s a finalist he’s already won $1,000 for both himself and the Westfield Academy Central School District. Should he win the award, it will mean a $10,000 honorarium. Congratulations and good luck to Knappenberger.

MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT – Dunkirk/Fredonia native Sean Patrick McGraw will shortly be releasing a new album. Titled “Hard Way to Make an Easy Living,” the album is expected to be released in January. The first single “I’m that guy” is currently available on iTunes. We look forward to his new album and look forward to seeing him play when he is able to make it back to the area.


UNFINISHED ROAD WORK – On Washington Avenue in Dunkirk, at the intersection of E. Second Street, workers recently dug a trench all along the street. The problem is the road isn’t closed, so when vehicles travel on Washington Avenue, they don’t realize this roadwork until they’ve hit the trench. Some vehicles have even gotten stuck. Officials should have either finished the work or put up blockades to prevent vehicles from hitting this trench.