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Off Main Street / The offbeat side of the news

>TV appearance . . .

The Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel made a brief appearance in a recent episode of the popular HBO drama "Big Love."

The show, about a clandestine polygamist family living in suburban Utah, has intensified a story line in recent weeks about the family's attempts to enter the casino business. In a recent episode, the main character, Bill Henrickson, pitches a deal to a fictional Native American tribal leader when he shows a slide of the Seneca Niagara Casino.

"This is what they've done for the Mohegans," Bill says, pointing to the Niagara Falls casino developed by the Seneca Nation of Indians.

For the record: The Senecas are an entirely different nation than the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut.


>New face, old name . . .

There has been a change at the district attorney's office, with Frank Sedita last month replacing the retired Frank Clark. But the wheels of bureaucracy move slowly, as evidenced by the name still -- six weeks into Sedita's term -- on the door of the DA's office in county hall: Frank J. Clark.

"The county said they would get someone over to change it," Sedita said with a shrug.

Hopefully it will happen before Sedita's tenure ends.


>Dropping an idea . . .

A couple of months ago, Amherst Council Member Dan Ward was annoyed enough with a fellow council member's resolution to allow farmers to trap and farm wild deer in town that he put forth an alternate resolution asking that the town look into turning the droppings from nuisance geese into paper. After all, he said, it works with elephant dung. Ward's resolution was referred to the Amherst Conservation Advisory Council for review.

"Apparently, they didn't think very highly of it," Ward said this week.

Indeed. The not-so-official response from the council stated: "Mishandled goose excrement has been linked to violent behavior in the Sasquatch. (Known as Beastae Politicus Humorous.) The odor of the droppings apparently changes when they are handled, and this change can incite a violent reaction in the Bigfoot."

The council advised against risking such liability and said it hoped the Town Board found its response acceptable.


>Lee makes the list . . .

The two newest members of Congress from Western New York may not have authored any show-stopping legislation yet, but they are among the best in show in The Washington Post's biennial contest to come up with appropriate names for "joint legislation" sponsored by the U.S. Congress's 68 new members.

Every two years, the Post asks readers to "create legislation that, given their names, two or more freshman senators and representatives might sponsor together."

Several readers used the name of Chris Lee, the 26th District Republican of Clarence, with the suggested "Harper-Lee Act," which makes it a tongue-in-cheek crime, as well as a sin, to kill a mockingbird.

Lee and Eric Massa, the 29th District Democrat whose district runs from Cattaraugus County through the Southern Tier and up to Rochester suburbs, both were named in the proposed law that took the top award: the "Bright-Lee-Fleming-Massa-Cao-Fudge Bovine Biofuels Development Act."

Written by Bruce Andriatch with contributions from Denise Jewell Gee, Donn Esmonde, Sandra Tan and Matt Gryta.


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