> Faint response
Williamsville Village Trustee Jeff Kingsley has managed to come up with the most unusual excuse so far this year for getting out of a lengthy board work session: He passed out.
Kingsley, who had little to eat or drink most of Monday, excused himself from the evening work session after about an hour, then fainted at the top of a stairwell landing.
An emergency call to the Williamsville Fire Department, conveniently attached to Village Hall, brought a rescue team next door to see Kingsley.
"You just wanted to get out of the meeting," they teased him.
"I felt like George Herbert Walker Bush in Japan," Kingsley said later, referring to the 1992 incident when the former president threw up at a state dinner.
Kingsley took a day off to recover, but was back at work on Wednesday.
> Judge times three
Philip Marshall wore a few hats -- or robes -- in court recently.
Marshall is a longtime Orchard Park village justice as well as an acting Buffalo City Court judge.
On Jan. 5, he was sworn in as an Orchard Park town justice by his brother, State Supreme Court Justice Frederick J. Marshall.
The next day, he spent from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in City Court, then heard cases in Village Court from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
Completing the judicial trifecta, he stayed to hear a few cases in Town Court.
"They are the same room, thankfully," he said.
Marshall used two robes -- one for the Orchard Park courts and another for City Court that was worn by his late father, Frederick M. Marshall, when he was a State Supreme Court justice.
Could this judicial triple play happen again? Possibly.
Marshall on Monday submitted his resignation as Orchard Park village justice, but the Village Board named him an acting village justice -- just in case.
> Wine TV
Lockport's Spring Lake Winery placed its wines in several upcoming movies and TV shows, thanks to a connection that runs through the Olean General Hospital emergency room.
Tamre A. Varallo, the winery owner, said several varieties of its wines have been shipped to Hollywood to be used in scenes on the big and small screens.
"Our label is so filmable," she said. "The wine is good, too."
Dr. P. Henri Lamothe, an emergency room physician in Olean, heard some nurses raving about Spring Lake wines and told his son, Matthew, marketing director for Legacy Entertainment.
Varallo said the winery paid a marketing fee and the younger Lamothe went to work.
But the vagaries of product placement were brought home to Varallo on Jan. 3, when she sat down to watch the CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men."
There was a party scene, and lots of wine, but you couldn't see Spring Lake's label.
The next placement is set for Thursday's episode of the NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation," and the wine is slated to appear in four to six movies this year.
Varallo will be watching closely.
> Boxed in
Henry Heikoop, president of HT Productions, a Hamilton, Ont., cardboard box manufacturer, has been crossing the U.S.-Canada border often lately.
He's working on a deal to buy a vacant former winery in Lewiston as his factory's new home, and applying for a 15-year, property-tax break from the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency.
At Wednesday's IDA meeting, Chairman Henry M. Sloma urged Heikoop to hire local workers for his factory. Heikoop said he has little choice.
"We will be hiring locally. Your border protection makes sure of that," he said.
When he told the guards on a recent crossing why he was coming to the United States, Heikoop said, "They were really excited. I've never seen a border guard excited about business before."
"Glad he didn't bring up any of those hockey issues," Sloma observed.
Written by Stephen T. Watson with contributions from Sandra Tan and Thomas J. Prohaska.