Niagara Gazette — •••
STEADY INFLUX: You often hear these days that many school districts have been forced to eliminate field trips as the result of budget cutbacks.
Bob Emerson, executive director of the Old Fort Niagara Association, Youngstown, can easily disprove that claim. In fact, by 10 a.m. Wednesday, some 600 students from Western New York school districts had arrived for tours of the historic site.
BY THE NUMBERS: Impact of the Seneca Nation and its gaming corporation since 2002:
n Invested more than $1 billion in three Western New York casino properties and the Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course in Lewiston.
n More than 3,700 employees in Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Salamanca.
n Operates 6,500 slot machines, 140 gaming tables and 1,000 hotel rooms.
MILESTONE: The Grand Island Fire Co. celebrated its 75th anniversary Saturday at Asbury Hall, Buffalo. Board Chairman Greg Butcher noted the town donated the land for a fire station in 1938. Subsequently, the fire company bought a pumper, expanded its fleet to 22 pieces of apparatus, added a Marine Unit, a high-level paramedic program, and a state-of-the-art dispatch center.
TOP CUISINE: A male traveler leaving the Buffalo Niagara Airport and returning to the parking lot was telling his family about the flight. “The food was fit for a king,” he said. At that precise moment, ‘King,’ a dog, jumped out of the SUV and started wagging his tail.
HOT ROMANCE: Overheard in Niagara Falls State Park: “You can always spot them honeymooners. They’re always holding hands. If they let go, they’d probably kill each other” — a retiree who spends too much time on the bench, watching couples strolling through the park.
Contact Reporter Don Glynnat 282-2311, ext. 2246.Contact Reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246.