Niagara Gazette — During his stay, Gatley, a guest on Tom Darro’s “Viewpoint” show, was asked why he hadn’t retired after all those years in the tourism business. “I thoroughly enjoy what I’m doing,” he told Darro, emphasizing there are no current plans to retire.
HELPING HANDS DEPT.: Volunteers from the Niagara Beautification Commission and the Minnesota-based Youth Works Group have pitched in to vastly improve the landscape around Niagara and Third streets, a major corridor to the South End, the casino, hotels, and the state park.
After sprucing up the small pocket park next to the Bank of America, including cutting the grass, trimming the hedges and planting flowers in a large abandoned fountain, the volunteers then moved across the street to pull weeds, trim along the fence and add some plantings. It was all part of an effort to shape an impressive welcome mat for the long holiday weekend.
Tom Lowe, chairman of the local beautification commission, said that some 40 to 50 volunteers had been involved with the project for the past two weeks. About 17 of them came from the Pittsburgh and Lancaster, Pa., areas while others traveled from New Jersey to help.
Lowe, a native of Youngstown, is a graduate of Lewiston-Porter High School and the State University at Fredonia. He is the program coordinator for ReNU Niagara, managing the GreenRoots Leadership Development Program, projects in the Highland community and the Vacant Lot Coalition. While at SUNY Fredonia, he founded the school’s chapter of Colleges Against Cancer and Relay for Life. His roots run deep in Niagara County. He’s the grandson of the late Bob Lowe, a former Niagara Gazette sports editor.
HARD TO LET GO: Did you hear about the 79-year-old woman in Las Vegas who was attacked by killer bees? It took firefighters with a hose to get the bees off her and a crow bar to pry her hand from the slot machine handle.Contact Report Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246