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

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


BADGE OF HONOR – We thank the Badge of Honor Association for giving signs to Dunkirk in memory of police officers killed in action. In Dunkirk, Lt. Mark Elfman died Oct. 1, 1961 from gunfire while responding to a domestic dispute. Lt. J. Harry Knollman struck his head on Feb. 6, 1932 while investigating a burglary and later died. Patrolman George Nelson died Oct. 17, 1920 when he was shot and killed after he interrupted a burglary of a warehouse. May the officers never be forgotten for their sacrifice.

BRANT BIRTHDAY – Congratulations to the town of Brant. The southern Erie town recently celebrated its 175th anniversary. The town was named after Seneca Nation Chief Joseph Brant in 1839. To mark the celebration, the U.S. Post Office issued a special cancellation.

400TH WIN – Earlier this week, Westfield baseball coach Doug Kaltenbach won his 400th game. He has been coaching for more than 20 years. Kaltenbach has made quite a difference in the lives of Westfield Academy Central School students. His longevity and commitment to the school deserves applause.


WESTFIELD ISSUES – The Westfield Village Board is dealing with a host of issues. Mayor Michael VandeVelde is accused of entering a contract with Ambit Energy to replace Energy Mark to become the village’s energy provider, without board approval. The village board, meanwhile, is accused of having an illegal meeting to protect village administrator Vince Luce from being let go by the mayor. These elected officials need to remember they were elected to serve people, not serve their own agenda.