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

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


DANCING QUEEN – Lindsey Ferguson, the daughter of Michael and Dianne Ferguson of Fredonia, has had some success in the entertainment business. As a dancer, she has appeared on MTV, Sesame Street, luxury cruise ships and has performed in New York City with a contemporary ballet company. Her latest venture has brought her back to the region. She is now part of the production “Dancing Queen” at the Fallsview Casino Resort’s Avalon Theatre in Niagara Falls, Ont. The show opened Thursday and runs until the 18th. Don’t wait if you want to catch her perform!

RIPLEY SCHOOL TAXES – The Ripley School Board of Education is proposing to cut the tax levy by 4.9 percent. The decrease could go higher in August. The school is able to do this because of the agreement it now has with Chautauqua Lake, where Ripley’s middle and high school students now attend. Students are getting a better education and residents are paying less money. That makes it the best of both worlds. Perhaps other schools should look at tuitioning as well.

154 YEARS SERVICE – We salute the teachers who are retiring this year, including those at Brocton Central School. The six retirees have a combined total of 154 years of service. Many of those teachers could have moved on to larger communities, but chose to stay. We tip our hat to you for your years of investing in the lives of young people.


LOCKDOWN – Earlier this week, the Cassadaga Valley Central School went into lockdown mode after two students left their guns in their vehicle after going turkey hunting that morning. In no way are we criticizing the school; they were simply following protocol. It’s just sad that in today’s society, because of all the school violence, a dumb act like this can create such turmoil.