Niagara Gazette — For the record, the Seneca Nation and its gaming corporation have invested more than $1 billion to develop the three casino properties (Niagara Falls, Salamanca and Buffalo) since 2002. At present it operates 6,500 slot machines, 140 table games, 800 hotel rooms, and the Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course in Lewiston.
SHADES OF FALL: If you enjoy authentic Bavarian food and good German beer, check out special events for the next two weekends.
• The third annual Old Falls Street Oktoberfest is set Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. in downtown Niagara Falls.The free German-themed outing will be held rain or shine with live music by the German American Musicians and the Bergholz German Band. Also featured are free children's activities, noon to 5 p.m., including a petting zoo, bounce house, arts and crafts, and games. It's coordinated by the Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association.
• The second annual Oktoberfest, a fundraiser for the Niagara County History Center, is scheduled Oct. 20, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the Olcott Fire Hall, 1619 Lockport-Olcott Road. The menu will include sauerbraten, bratwurst, roast pork, sauerkraut, sweet and sour cabbage, German potato salad, chef salad, rolls, coffee and dessert. "The Frankfurters," an award-winning German band will provide the entertainment. Additional information available by calling the History Center at 434-7433.
MARK THE CALENDAR: The Community Missions of the Niagara Frontier is sponsoring the "Antique & Fine Arts Auction" Nov. 11 at the First Presbyterian Church, Youngstown. Viewing will begin at 12:15 p.m. with the auction under way at 1 p.m. The proceeds will benefit the Missions and its vital community service programs.
FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Overheard in McDonald's at the City Market: "You know, it seems that more and more of our imports are coming from overseas" — a self-acclaimed political expert who keeps confusing Obama with Osama.