Niagara Gazette — •••
NHL DEBUT: Ron Ralston, the Buffalo Sabres interim coach, was asked Thursday night how it felt to be behind the bench in the National Hockey League. Ralston, who had coached the Sabres' minor league team in Rochester for the last 16 months, told reporters: "It was a great feeling, obviously, a spectacular building (Air Canada Centre) and atmosphere. It was certainly a big thrill."
It wasn't exactly a bed of roses though. The Sabres lost to the Maple Leafs, 3-1. Ralston was catapulted into the spotlight on Wednesday when coach Lindy Ruff was fired after 15 years at the helm.
A NEW JOB: Former Gov. David A. Paterson has joined the faculty at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem. A spokesman said Paterson will serve as a distinguished professor lecturing on health care legislation and the relationship between government and the health care system. Paterson was the state chief executive from 2008 to 2010.
ON THE WATERFRONT: The Olcott Lions Club is sponsoring the 44th annual "Swim for Sight" on March 3 at Krull Park in the hamlet, It's an opportunity for swimmers of all ages to take a dip in the lake and raise funds to benefit the programs that the Lions Club coordinates in the community. Additional information for participants as well as the needed volunteers is available on the web: www.olcottlions.org/swim.
THE LONG RUN: Overheard in Ashker's Cafe, Youngstown: "If you want something that will last forever, take out a mortgage!" — a local resident talking about buying a home.Contact reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246.