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OFF THE PRESS: “Energy & Light In Nineteenth-Century Western New York,” by Douglas Wayne Houck (The History Press, 160 pages, paperback, $21.99). Houck, who grew up on a farm near Forestville, N.Y., now divides his time between Westfield, N.Y., and Punta Gorda, Fla. The author provides an informative story of the first commercial developments of natural gas and petroleum products in the 1800s.
UPSTATE ENTRY: Owners of the Traditions Resort and Conference Center in Broome County have submitted the $1 million application fee to the state to build a casino. That state constitutional amendment approved last year authorizes casinos in the Albany-Saratoga area, the Catskills, and the Southern Tier.
CHEERLEADING: No one is keeping an exact count but Assemblyman John D. Ceretto R-Lewiston, appears to be among the front runners in state lawmakers pumping out press releases from Albany.
This past week, for instance, he promised to work with “potential suitors” to assure that the Buffalo Bills will remain in Western New York. He also is excited about the prospects of a partnership between the Bills and the City of Niagara Falls. On another matter. Ceretto seeks to explore ways to bring high-wire artist Nik Wallenda back to this area. That should have happened for this tourist season but Wallenda has opted to spend the summer at Darien Lake. Obviously he needs some kind of venue in the Cataract City for his performances and there is nothing now on the horizon.
TRIVIA QUIZ: Name the eye-catching New York State landmark ‘destroyed’ in the 1997 film “Men in Black.” It is, of course, still standing. (Answer Sunday)
Contact Reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246.Contact Reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246.