Niagara Gazette


May 10, 2014

LETTERS FROM THE ISLAND: Paul Malecki made winter a bit more bearable


Niagara Gazette — SATISFIED CUSTOMERS – That was our first experience with BW’s Smokin Barrel’s barbecue, which catered last Saturday’s dinner at St. Timothy’s Lutheran. Hope it’s not our last. The chicken-rib combo was absolutely scrumptious, but we could have used, maybe, another dollop of slaw.

CHURCHILL UPS – Racetrack fates favored Polly last Saturday. When her favorite jockey, Mike Smith (we had a dog named Mike for 15 glorious years), lost his Kentucky Derby ride to a scratch, Doug proposed to throw a few bucks at a horse he was riding earlier at Churchill Downs, No. 11 in the ninth race.

But when Doug stepped away from the OTB window on Military Road and checked his ticket, he realized he had the wrong horse, No. 9. OTB doesn’t take back tickets. Doug sighed, returned to the window, and put another $6 on No. 9.

The two horses, 9 and 11, ran 1-2, the winner paying more than $25. If only we’d played the exacta, too, but why be greedy? Wonder if there’s a wrong horse in the Preakness.

Saddle up and come visit.

Polly and DougE-mail

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