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Off Main Street / The offbeat side of the news

Bad ambassador

There tend to be a few common excuses that people use when they’re about to be arrested:

“I didn’t do anything.”

“It wasn’t me.”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about, officer.”

A Hamilton, Ont., woman who was arrested after being kicked out of the Pearl Jam concert at First Niagara Center last week tried something a little different. She told police she was an ambassador to Canada.

According to a Buffalo police report, security inside the concert told the 25-year-old woman and her male companion to stop walking up and down the aisle because they were disturbing other concertgoers.

The woman responded by arguing with security and using an obscenity, according to the police report. After being escorted from the arena, the woman began darting in and out of traffic.

That’s when the inebriated pair, according to the report, were taken into custody.

Apparently police were unmoved by her attempts at seeking diplomatic immunity.

Seeing red

It was an odd sight Tuesday, watching Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw – at a news conference he called to rail against County Executive Mark Poloncarz’ 2014 budget proposal – getting grilled by WGRZ-TV news reporter Michael Wooten, dressed in the station’s signature red windbreaker, with the Channel 2 logo.

About seven years ago, Mychajliw was the Channel 2 reporter in the red jacket peppering some county official with questions about the budget.

As Wooten on Tuesday prodded Mychajliw to justify comparing the current administration’s planned use of $5.4 million in surplus funds as a stop-gap to previous administrations depleting the surplus by millions more, it all seemed like deja vu, only in reverse.

Speedy delivery

It’s probably a safe bet that most women prefer to have their babies in the comfort of a fully equipped hospital with trained medical staff to attend to them.

But Jessica Hall’s impatient little bundle chose to make a less convenient entrance mere steps away from the maternity unit in the parking lot of Sisters Hospital.

Jessica, a speech pathologist at a local preschool, left work early Oct. 11 when her first contractions became apparent. Joined by her husband, she headed for the hospital with what the couple thought was time to spare since Jessica’s contractions were less than 5 minutes apart. However, the time between contractions quickened as they plodded through rush hour traffic on their way to Sisters. Once they reached the parking lot, Jessica delivered baby Aliza almost as soon as she exited the car.

“It was just one push, and she was here,” said Jessica.

The infant, who weighed 7 pounds, 7½ ounces, is just fine.

On Sunday, she headed home to Angola with her parents to join her older sister, 20-month-old Alexa.

A quick study

When it comes to making a studious appearance, Frontier School Board member Larry Albert has some competition at the board table.

Toward the close of Tuesday’s board meeting, Albert took note of high school senior Andrew Bojanowski’s conscientious demeanor as a student representative who was recently sworn onto the board as an ex-officio member.

During the board’s round-table banter, Albert observed how intently Andrew listened at meetings, and that he took detailed notes even though he is not a voting member of the board.

“I feel rather threatened over here. He’s raising the bar,” said Albert, who is seated next to Andrew at board meetings. “He takes about as many notes as I do.”

In addition to Andrew, there are two alternate student reps on the board this year, in case he cannot make a particular meeting.

Off Main Street is written by Harold McNeil with contributions from Karen Robinson and Aaron Besecker. email:

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