> Short trip brings smiles
In all, 1,020 people paid $5 for a ferry ride across the Niagara River on Sept. 17 -- 558 who left from Youngstown and 462 from Niagara-on-the-Lake.
"You got Legislator (Lee) Simonson to leave the county and leave the country," Niagara County Legislature Chairman William L. Ross remarked afterward.
"And I hate to say, I even spent money," said Simonson, R-Lewiston.
"He couldn't clear customs," said Legislator Clyde L. Burmaster, R- Ransomville. "That was at our request."
> Flattery, sort of
Lockport Alderwoman Phyllis J. Green suggested that the city start accumulating a fund to maintain the new Stevens Street Bridge, because the state Department of Transportation has told the city the bridge will need to be repainted in 12 years.
Council President John Lombardi III said there's no need. "If we name it the Tucker Bridge, we can take it out of the mayor's expense account," he said.
Or not. Mayor Michael W. Tucker has a $3,500 expense budget.
Lombardi also made another budgetary suggestion: a doughnut fund for famished election inspectors who have to work 16 straight hours on Election Day.
> Wipe out, white out
We're certainly in favor of raising awareness of the importance of colo-rectal cancer screening but wonder if some people might be going a little overboard.
State Sen. George Maziarz is joining with folks at Healthy Living Partnership of Niagara County to raise awareness of the need for testing, but the event -- held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Summit, 6929 Williams Road, Wheatfield -- does not stop at the distribution of free colo-rectal cancer screening kits.
As part of this "Wipe Out Colon Cancer" event, partnership staff members will toilet paper the senator's car.
> Speaking of bottoms
Even though Pearl Arrington, grand dame and self-appointed watchdog of the Village of Lewiston, rarely agrees with village policy, trustees seem to enjoy trading barbs with her.
Last week, she was fighting plans to rezone Center Street for development. She turned to Deputy Mayor and Village Historian Terry Collesano, suggesting that as a longtime resident of the village like herself, Collesano would be in her corner.
"I've known you since you were born. You're a true Lewistonian. We need you to save Lewiston," said Arrington.
"You're not going to tell them about when you changed my diapers, are you, Pearl?" joked Collesano.
"No, but I can tell them where your dimples are," Arrington said.
> Legislative swipes
How spirited have things become in the County Legislature these days?
Consider this exchange Tuesday. Legislator Minority Leader Dennis F. Virtuoso denounced the appeal of the county's lawsuit against Niagara Falls over the local share of Seneca Niagara Casino money. He said that the trial decision said the suit was premature because there is no formula for distributing the money.
"It's like me walking into [County Attorney] Claude Joerg's office and saying, 'I want to sue [Majority Leader Malcolm A.] Needler because he's going to hit me with his car.' He'd say, 'How do you know he's going to hit you with his car?' "
"I wouldn't use a car, Dennis," Needler replied.
With contributions from Nancy A. Fischer, Pam Kowalik and Thomas J. Prohaska of the News Niagara Bureau.