She pushes the envelope
Should she run for re-election as Town of Tonawanda clerk, Democrat Marguerite Greco could look for support from an unlikely source: the Republican she beat in the last election.
Her use of old envelopes in the clerk's office has won over Republican Patrick Ruffino.
Last year, Ruffino ran a losing campaign for the post on what he called "a platform of transparency, fiscal discipline and serving the taxpayer."
"I recently received the renewal notice for my dog's license in an envelope that still had the old clerk's name on it," Ruffino told Off Main.
Last year, Greco knocked former Town Clerk Melissa Brinson, a Democrat, off the ballot in a primary.
When Greco's office sent Ruffino the renewal notice, it crossed out Brinson's name in the return address, Ruffino said.
"Impressive, I must say," Ruffino added. "Kudos to the new clerk. I couldn't have done a better job myself."
A Tasker fan, in any language
Two weeks ago, we wrote about a map on the Bills' official website that misplaced the Albany Bills Backers chapter all the way in Chile.
That item prompted a reader to contact us to report her own Bills-themed experience in that country.
Beth Kuberka, who is studying for a doctorate in Spanish literature at the University at Buffalo, spent one month this summer traveling in Chile.
As she posted on her KuberkAbroad blog, Kuberka was riding the subway in Santiago, Chile's capital, on a Tuesday evening in July when she saw four men sitting down near her in the subway car.
One man was wearing a faded blue sports jersey. When the guy moved his rattail - this hairstyle remains inexplicably popular among men in Chile, she notes - it revealed the name on the back of his jersey, TASKER, and his number, 89.
She said she was thrilled to find a fan of Steve Tasker, the Bills' special-teams ace during the glory days who now appears regularly in local car ads.
"I had to restrain myself from high-fiving the guy as he got off the metro. A bit of West Herr New York in South America," she wrote.
We know school district coffers are really tight these days, but Frontier knows how to pinch its pennies at snack time. When the Frontier School Board met Tuesday, staffers set out a tray of chocolate chip cookies along with the usual coffee and tea.
But they didn't put out any napkins; instead, there was a box of tissues to use.
"Tissues are cheaper than napkins," Superintendent James Bodziak quipped to us. "We're trying to cut corners."
Actually, Bodziak said, someone probably forgot to set out napkins and a staff member likely grabbed whatever was convenient to catch crumbs.
Have wings, will travel
One of the three participants in last Saturday's Bobbing for Wings contest took a roundabout way to get to the National Buffalo Wing Festival.
Clarence native Sean Less, who works in Saudi Arabia, was sitting in his home in Jeddah this summer watching TV when a segment about the festival came on the channel.
He'd never heard of it but was intrigued. On a trip back to his hometown on Aug. 23, Less joined friends at the Hollow Bistro and Brew in Clarence.
Less was talking excitedly about the upcoming wing fest as, coincidentally, festival founder Drew Cerza and his wife, Jodi, sat at the next table.
Cerza told us he gave the group four tickets to the wing fest and, after hearing Less rave about the Bobbing for Wings contest, offered him the chance to fill one of the three slots.
Less dressed up in a chicken costume and tied for first place in the event, which required contestants to bob for wings dropped into a tub of blue cheese. He and Ben Sadd each pulled out 30.
"Three minutes is a long time in blue cheese dip," Less said, marveling at the coincidences that brought him to the festival.
Written by Stephen T. Watson with contributions from Patrick Lakamp and Karen Robinson.