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NAME DROPPING: During the past decade a number of schools and colleges have eliminated the names of their sports teams that were considered disparaging to Native Americans (e.g. St. Bonaventure, aka the Bonnies, was known for many years as the Brown Indians.)
Last month, Ray Halbritter, the CEO of Oneida Indian Enterprises, presented a $10,000 check to the Cooperstown Central School District for dropping the nickname ‘Redskins.’ School officials said the money will be earmarked for new uniforms in July when the school teams become the ‘Hawkeyes.’
IN THE PARK: The Niagara Street Area Business and Professional Association will present its popular Concerts in the Park series, starting June 12 and continuing each Wednesday through Sept. 4. The June and July programs at Gill Creek Park, Niagara Street and Hyde Park Boulevard, are scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. The first concert Wednesday is sponsored by the Niagara Gazette. Additional information is available from Ron Anderluh at 946-1744.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Comedian Bill Maher will be center stage at Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, at 7:30 p.m. July 14. It’s part of his “Making Back My Million” tour, an obvious tongue-and-cheek reference to his hefty donation he made to President Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Overheard at Sandi’s Family Restaurant, 2065 River Road: “My wife dresses to kill. She cooks the same way” — a customer, obviously talking behind her back.
QUICKIE QUIZ: It was the last tenant in the former J.N. Adams building on Falls Street. After it failed here, the company relocated to Phoenix, Ariz. (Answer on Sunday.)Contact Reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246.