Niagara Gazette —
Meanwhile, the Stantons, separated on their own floe, were also doomed. Shortly after Hecock had disappeared, the couple reached the spot where a rope dangled. Stanton, 36, grasped the rope and then reached for his wife, 28, but the current was so swift he couldn’t hold on. He pulled off his coat, clasped his wife in his arms, and the couple fell to their knees and prayed, according to the Gazette reporter on the scene. They were swept away into the rapids.
HATS OFF! : To Bernard Stack, a longtime local attorney, has been named the grand marshal for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 17) in downtown Niagara Falls. Stack, a native of the city’s North End, was part of a group that re-established the original Ancient Order of Hibernians that folded in the mid-1940s. Subsequently, he served as its president, state treasurer, and district director responsible for developing new clubs and generating interest in the organization that promotes the Irish heritage. In the 1980s, Stack was a prime mover in securing two AOH conventions for the Cataract City.
An accomplished accordionist, Stack has played for years with a band called ‘The Blarney Bunch.’
For more than 20 years, his law firm was adviser to public sector unions of the city police and fire departments. Stack and his wife, Barbara, reside in Youngstown.
CHEAP SHOT: A sign waver in the student section during the recent Niagara vs. Canisius basketball game at the Gallagher Center was way off the mark. The sign was obviously a jab at Canisius star Billy Baron, hinting that he had an inside track because his father was the coach. The younger Baron, now the third top scorer in the nation, is a talented and highly skilled player who would be a welcomed asset to any major college team in the U.S.