CHEERS



• MASTER PLAN MEETING: All we can is God bless those that showed up and gave county officials a piece of their minds Wednesday during a public meeting for the Niagara Communities Comprehensive Plan. Rather than talk about what looks to be like another waste of taxpayer time and money, some in attendance took the opportunity to question what county officials. Rather than a 20-year vision of the future, residents focused on present day problems such as overlapping governments, an overabundance of school districts, excessive taxes, crime, education and other topics. They didn’t get many answers and judging from legislators’ responses, their message really didn’t get through. That’s OK, though, there’s at least four more chances to be heard — the next in the series of five meetings is set for April 23 at NCCC.



• CAMPBELL TRADE: It’s safe to say not many Buffalo Sabres fans were happy to see defense man Brian Campbell shipped off to San Jose on Tuesday — the unofficial NHL event known as Deadline Day. But if Wednesday’s game is any indication, Sabres brass made a great deal in getting Steve Bernier in return. “Big Bear” scored on his first two shots in an 8-4 win over the Predators. Labeled an underachiever with the Sharks, Bernier looked anything but in his Sabres debut. Hopefully it continues and helps propel the Sabres into playoff contention. Of course the fatalistic Buffalo sports fan in us can’t help but think that if he plays too well there’s the chance another team poaches the restricted free agent at the end of the season.



• HISTORIC HOLY TRINITY: It was nice to see that parishioners were able to work together and save the East Side church campus — Holy Trinity was granted landmark status at Monday’s City Council meeting — but that’s only part of the cheer. What we really liked were the words from Councilman Chris Robins. After approving the measure, Robins was quick to remind cheerful parishioners that this was only half the battle. Saving the historic buildings is one thing, making sure it’s a self-sustaining asset to the city is quite another. Hopefully parishioners will be equally successful in that endeavor — we don’t need to see a historic structure sitting vacant and useless downtown. Think about how long it took to just get something started with the decades-vacant United Office Building.