Niagara Gazette —
TIME TO REFLECT: Ed Rath of Youngstown, a Civil War buff who has studied and visited sites linked to the landmark battles waged from 1861 to 1865, attended the re-enactment of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Battle last weekend.
“It was a scorcher, unbelievably hot,” Rath said, adding that at one point he needed a break from the action so he returned to his vehicle for refreshments.
Countless others shared Rath’s experience, as judged by comments around the historic event that day. Some 260 persons, victims of the heat and humidity, were treated at medical aid stations and a mobile emergency room. Eighteen of those were taken to area hospitals. Sometimes the on-field action can prove a little confusing, with 99 percent of (fallen soldiers) faking it, as part of the script, according to Barry Kline, overseeing medical operations near the re-enactment site.
Officials estimated that upwards of 250,000 persons visited the town from June 28 to July 7, generating nearly $100 million for the local economy. The town’s year-around population is set at 7,000.
Rath, recently retired from the staff at Niagara County Community College, appears delighted that he has more time now to pursue his deep interest in U.S. history, especially in the War Between the States.
RIGHT ON!: Yvonne’s Bakery & Cafe, 449 Third Street, is a welcome addition to the South End. Moderately priced and sparkling clean, it’s bound to be popular with more local residents — after they discover it — as well as tourists venturing out of the state park to explore the Cataract City.
MENU ITEM: If the two office seekers (mentioned above) are successful in the upcoming elections, some New York deli will undoubtedly start offering a “Weiner-Spitzer” special.
Contact Reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246.