Niagara Gazette — “I’m really looking forward to this,” he said, explaining the show will include guests and local artists as well. Custode’s work has run the gamut from rock bands, jazz and commercial dance groups to big bands, bass quintets and marching bands. He also has gained popularity on the summer concert series like his band’s annual engagement in Youngstown. Custode also is in entertainment spotlight with The Barroom Buzzards, a quartet formed in 1966.
ON THE WATERFRONT: Mike Fox and Chris Bohnenkamp, co-owners of Fox BoyZ Marina, who took their 26-foot BWC Gatlin jet boats Saturday from Youngstown through the Whirlpool and rapids to within 100 yards of the falls, have no intention of operating a regular commercial trip over the same route. “We just wanted to show how reliable and safe the two boats are,” Fox said, adding that the plan is to run a course parallel to the current Whirlpool Jet boats operating out of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., and the Lewiston Landing.
OUT OF THE PAST: The Niagara County Historical Society, Lockport, will host a program “The War of 1812 in Niagara County,” at 7 p.m. May 23 at the History Center, 215 Niagara St. The event is funded by the New York State Council for the Humanities. Additional information is available by calling 434-7433.
BIG WINNER: Carl Paladino, a Buffalo-based developer whose holdings include the upscale Giacomo, a boutique hotel and apartments (the former United Office Building) in downtown Niagara Falls, easily won an open seat on the Buffalo Board of Education Tuesday night. With all precincts reporting, Paladino carried almost 80 percent of the vote.
Many of the developers’ grandiose schemes for this city’s South End failed during the past 40 years. Paladino turned his hefty investment into a splendid property, once the tallest building in Niagara Falls.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “I knew something was wrong when a pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms” — Charles Ramsey, a restaurant dishwasher who broke down the door at a house in Cleveland to help rescue the first of three young women held captives for 10 years.
Contact reporter Don Glynnat 282-2311, ext. 2259.Contact reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2259.