Niagara Gazette — •••
END OF AN ERA: Pat Simon, 84, who operated the popular Simon’s Restaurant on Bridge Street, Niagara Falls, Ont., for more than 50 years, died Friday (Jan. 31, 2014) at St. Catharines General Hospital. Pat and his wife, Rose, operated the restaurant, a short walk from the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge, for a half-century. Until it closed last year, it was favorite place for politicians, business owners, Canada Customs’ employees, tourism operators, and bus drivers. The regular customers quickly learned that Pat had a deep interest in Niagara Falls, Ont., history. Simon also was known as a kind and caring person in the community. He was the brother of the late John V. Simon of Lewiston, a longtime attorney.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The late Pete Seeger, who spurred interest in folk music for generations and championed major causes like protecting the environment, performed at Artpark twice during his illustrious career. Maureen Kellick, public relations director at the entertainment and cultural center in Lewiston, noted that Seeger was on stage for the theater’s 10th anniversary celebration in August 1984 and in July 1989, when he teamed up with Arlo Guthrie.
TRIVIA QUIZ: (Answer to Thursday question) Former Buffalo Bills’ running back Marshawn Lynch faced a possible $100 fine for refusing to talking to the media. The rule is imposed by the National Football League. Lynch, now with the Seattle Seahawks, apparently has avoided the fine since he showed up at the media day prior to the Super Bowl game today at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Lynch, who didn’t always walk the straight line when he played for Bills, is a crowd favorite at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
Prediction: Seattle 27, Denver 24.Contact Reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246.