Niagara Gazette — Ironically, years ago there was a move to at least explore the possibility of putting the Niagara Falls State Park under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. The matter was never seriously discussed, however, probably because the governor then and the Albany-based Parks Department simply didn’t think it was a good idea. In retrospect, they were right.
It does raise speculation though over what would happen if the natural wonder here was put under the National Park Service. Would we see visitors climbing over barricades at the foot of Old Falls Street so they could make their way to Prospect Point or to Goat Island?
SPECIAL SALUTE: To Merrell Lane, who has chaired the Niagara Military Affairs Council for nearly two decades. John A. Cooper Sr., who succeeds Lane, cited his predecessor for his “utmost integrity and professionalism.” Lane has been a staunch supporter of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station and a spirited leader in the relentless drive to keep the base open. Cooper is deeply committed to assuring the facility, the largest employer in Niagara County, will continue its mission. Lane is featured in the quarterly newsletter of NIMAC.
HEALTH HINT: The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention reminds us that keeing hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to fight the flu. The center’s advice: wash hands with soap and clean running water for 20 seconds.
TRIVIA: (Answer to Sunday quiz): Abner Doubleday, the legendary founder of baseball, was born in Auburn, N.Y.Contact Reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246.