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As Niagara Falls / Tales of the strange but true

>Different approaches

Niagara County Legislator Richard E. Updegrove, R-Lockport, invited Miss Niagara County, Amber Lynn Lindke, to Tuesday's meeting to give her a citation recognizing her for her achievements.

Updegrove said he and the 19-year-old beauty queen are members of the same health club in Lockport, Ultimate Physique. Amber, it must be said, is a lot closer to having the "ultimate physique" than Updegrove is.

"I'm sure some of you are wondering why I don't get a refund from that gym," Updegrove told his colleagues. "It's not the gym. She works out. I watch TV and read the paper."


>Love lost

The Niagara County Legislature's Administration Committee met as usual on the second Tuesday of the month, oblivious to the fact that it was Valentine's Day.
"We're all in the doghouse, believe me," said Updegrove.
Frustration extended to the guests, like Jean K. O'Connell of Clarence, the county grants writer, who had to report to the committee on her record of obtaining cash for the county. She was supposed to be first on the agenda, but instead she had to wait 40 minutes while the committee flogged another issue to death.
"You want to know where my husband is? He's in the parking lot waiting to take me to dinner for Valentine's Day. I told him I'd be out in half an hour," O'Connell said after the committee released her about an hour into the session.


>Carrying the load

Former Town of Lockport Councilwoman Deborah A. Gaskill is now deputy supervisor, which seems to have turned out to be a really glamorous gig.
At last week's Planning Board work session, Supervisor Marc R. Smith showed up with Gaskill, who was carrying two leather bags.
"This is what the deputy supervisor does. I carry his bags," Gaskill said.
She took a seat near the door as Smith set up a computer for a presentation. "You're in charge of lights and door," Building Inspector Eugene Nenni told Gaskill.
"Another one of my special projects," she replied.


>Measures of success

County Clerk Wayne F. Jagow appeared before the Legislature to accept the lawmakers' approval of the appointment of a committee to make plans for observing the county's bicentennial in 2008.
Standing next to Legislature Chairman William L. Ross, Jagow said, "Bill was my social studies teacher in high school."
"How'd you rate me?" the retired Niagara-Wheatfield teacher, coach and administrator quickly retorted.
"Pretty high, but I think I almost flunked the course," Jagow answered.


>Crime goes bold

Is there nowhere safe to park?

A Lancaster woman came into the Niagara County Sheriff's Department one day earlier this month to report that a rear license plate had been stolen from her Lincoln Continental.

The thief apparently had also tried to pry off the front license plate, but was unsuccessful.

The woman told deputies that her car had been vandalized in broad daylight, between 6 and 11:30 a.m.


On the east side of the Niagara County Sheriff's Department parking lot.

With contributions from Thomas J. Prohaska and Nancy A. Fischer of the News Niagara Bureau.

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