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Editorial: It seems to us – of Conehead beer, pink flamingos and (sorry) rattlesnakes

Is there any higher honor for a beer vendor than to have a beer named for him?

The Buffalo Bisons and Resurgence Brewing Company are bestowing that laurel upon Tom Girot, the vendor known as “Conehead” at both Bisons and Sabres games. Conehead IPA went on sale Friday night at the Bisons’ game at Coca-Cola Field.

Girot told The News that he has sold 1.45 million beers in his 47-year career. That’s fitting for someone who styles himself after Dan Akroyd’s Beldar character in the old “Saturday Night Live” Conehead skits. Beldar was famous for saying, “We advise you to consume mass quantities!”

Girot was given input into the formula for Conehead IPA. He said he prefers Mosaic hops, whose flavors “range from earthy to floral to fruity.”
Would that complex bouquet complement the flavors of a ballpark hot dog? We can’t wait to find out.


There are a lot of ways to demonstrate community spirit – fundraisers, block parties, civic involvement – but until Thursday, we confess, we didn’t know that fielding a flock of plastic pink flamingos was one of them.

But it is.

With help from donors, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy bought 3,000 of the would-be birds and, with them, smashed the 1,058 threshold previously set in the Guinness Book of World Records (we didn’t know there was a record for them, either). The new standard was set by putting 1,500 of the flamingos on Bidwell Parkway, which was designed by Olmsted. The others, not counted as part of the record, were scattered around the community.

The point was to call attention – bemused attention – to the 150th anniversary of Buffalo’s Olmsted parks. We’re guessing it worked, in that way the only plastic pink flamingos can.

We didn’t spot it on any outdoor calendars, but it seems to be rattlesnake season in the east. On Tuesday, the scene was unthreatening – to humans, anyway – but noteworthy nonetheless. A poisonous timber rattler wanted to cross the road in Roanoke, Va., on Tuesday, and it did – with the help of city police officers who stopped traffic for its slithery benefit.

Earlier in the month, in Hancock, N.Y., a little east of Binghamton, the encounter was more disconcerting. A man trying to jump-start his car opened the hood to find – yes – a timber rattler slithering across the engine block over to the battery, where it curled up and watched, its rattles plainly in sight. Officers from the Department of Environmental Conservation arrived, untangled the creature and released it nearby.

Just not too nearby, we hope.

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