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December 20, 2014
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Monday, December 22, 2014
Kim Milani of Sub Delicious discusses the many stories of Goose Gray. The Locust Street restaurant has a book for people to share their Goose memories. (HEATHER N. GRIMMER / ENP PHOTOGRAPHER)

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It would seem that everyone in Lockport over the age of 30 has a Goose Gray story to tell. And now there's a place to do it.

Kim Milani of Sub Delicious has created a memory album for people to share their fondest recollections of Goose. The book, which is available to sign at the Locust Street restaurant, will be given to him when it is full, she said.

Gray was most recently in the news for his one-man protest over the fenced-off parking lot at Locust and Walnut streets. The lack of parking was hurting the sub shop and Gray wanted his voice to be heard. The fence — erected in August by David Ulrich, who owns the lot — was recently moved back to allow for more parking.

Anyone who wishes to sign the book can do so at Sub Delicious. Just ask for it at the counter.



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Let’s get this out right up front – I cannot stand Tom Hanks. After Bachelor Party, I find most of his films unwatchable. I consider his career almost a complete waste because the guy is absolutely brilliant at comedy and just refuses to do anymore comedy. Movies like Big and Splash made him famous, and then he started doing movies like Philadelphia and Forrest Gump. Stupid, multi-talented and likeable Tom Hanks. Ok, I actually like Tom Hanks. But I just don’t like to admit it.

When I heard that Tom Hanks was doing a Christmas movie, I was not very excited by it and I certainly did not expect it to be a classic. My first experience with the Polar Express was in 3D at the IMAX with my wife. The snow looked real and the train looked like it was coming out of the screen at me. When you add in the fact that this is a really good story, then you have a grand introduction to a classic Christmas movie.

Let’s get something else out of the way up front – what classifies this movie as a classic? Well, for one thing, I say so. My column, my rules. Secondly, it passes every test that comes with being a classic movie. It is an original and very good story, the movie itself is well-done and it is a movie that people want to see over and over again. When it comes to classifying classics, the will of the people is a big consideration.

When I say that the movie is “well-done,” I don’t mean that it is technically perfect. The Blair Witch Project is a classic horror film and that movie is far from technically perfect. The Polar Express tells its story completely and without leaving anything behind. The only parts that are left to our imagination are the ones that were supposed to be left to our imagination. I hate movies that try to be cute and leave things to our imagination that probably should have been spelled out a little better. I’m looking at you M. Night Shamalamadingdong.

It is incredibly easy to get caught up in this movie and, if you are a huge fan of Christmas, then you are a tad bit anxious to see what Robert Zemeckis thinks the North Pole is supposed to look like. The movie is fun, but it also weaves in a lot of interesting characters to give it substance. Everyone from the elves to the parents in this movie has interesting character traits and that creates a very full movie.

The visuals in this movie are wonderful. In 2004, animation was just starting to come into its own and the idea of actors acting out scenes in special suits and then using that information to animate the characters was relatively new. I remember the media making a pretty big deal out of the fact that Tom Hanks acted out all of his parts in this movie so that his motions could be animated. The effect is used well in the movie, but it is not over-used. Some movie makers tend to beat a new effect into the ground and bore us with its look by the end of the movie. Still, looking at you M. Night.

So The Polar Express meets all of the criteria for a Christmas classic and it has even spawned a real train ride from Lockport to Medina called the Polar Express. Next year, when my grandson is just a little older and probably old enough to know what is going on, I am going to show him the Polar Express movie and then take him on the Polar Express. Imagine the strong ties to Christmas that kind of experience will create. It is something that only a movie like the Polar Express could do.

When that experience is over, my grandson will look at every train like it is going to the North Pole. As he gets older, he will still have that in the back of his mind. Only a classic Christmas movie opens up doors like that and only The Polar Express offers us the chance to create real, tangible Christmas memories that will last a lifetime.

Merry Christmas, everyone. I hope that your holiday season is the happiest and healthiest it can be. One more review to go in 2014, and I have something very interesting in mind to close out the year.

George N Root III is a drive-in enthusiast and Christmas’ biggest fan. His reviews appear every week and he wishes each and every one of you a happy holiday season.



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Rhea V. Wilson entered into rest on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at ECMC. Born on May 5, 1938 in Lockport, she was the daughter of Leo and Stella (Skrock) Kunkle. Beloved wife of Francis G. Wilson, whom she married in 1962. They recently celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary.

Beloved mother of Daryl (Amy) Wilson, Eric (Gretchen) Wilson, Vance Wilson, Shawn (Shannon) Wilson and Troy (Angela) Wilson. Cherished grandmother of Nicholas, Andrew, Colton, Connor, Destiney, Bradley, Hunter, Brennan, Brooklynn, Lillie, Trevor and Taylor; dear sister of Marcelene (late Larry) Leaderhouse, Steve Kunkle, Myrna Kunkle, Greg (Judy) Kunkle, and the late Leo Kunkle and Neil Kunkle; sister-in-law of Gloria (James) White, Jeanette (Paul) Harpst, Delores (late Wally) Hoffman, Maureen (Steve) Guy, Annette (Gary) Oliver, Kathy Kunkle, Marlene Kunkle and Richard (late Virginia) Hedley.

Friends and relatives may call from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM on Friday at the Taylor & Reynolds Funeral Home, corner of Transit and Niagara Streets, where the funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Interment Cold Springs Cemetery.

Please visit taylorandreynolds.com.


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The National Weather Service is calling for partly sunny skies today with a high near 39. Tonight, there's a slight chance of rain with a low around 33.

Tuesday, showers are likely with a high near 47 and a low around 44. Christmas Eve, there's an 80 chance of rain with a high near 54 and a low around 37. Christmas Day offers a chance of rain and snow showers before with a high near 42 and a low around 33.

Friday looks to be partly sunny with a high near 45 and a low around 33. Saturday, there's a chance of rain and snow showers with a high near 38 and a low around 28. Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 30.



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BOSTON — The Buffalo Sabres dropped their third straight game Sunday night, falling in overtime to the Boston Bruins.

It was a back-and-forth outing with the Bruins' Dougie Hamilton getting on the boards first at 5:52 of the first period. Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson assisted on the power play goal.

In the second, Andrej Meszaros tied it up for Buffalo at 6:06, assisted by Chris Stewart and Johan Larsson. Rasmus Ristolainen made it 2-1 Sabres at 14:36, assisted by Tyler Ennis and Zemgus Girgensons. Exactly one minute later, Boston re-gained the lead on a goal by Chris Kelly, assisted by Zdeno Chara and Hamilton.

In the third, Tim Schaller tied it for the Sabres at 1:27. Nicolas Deslauriers and Brian Flynn got the helpers. It stayed 3-2 until Hamilton tied it for the Bruins at 18:29. Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith were awarded the assists on the tying goal.

In overtime, Loui Eriksson won it for the Bruins at 2:14. Milan Lucic and Chara got the assists on the goal.

The Sabres next play the Red Wings in Detriot at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.



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Sunday, December 21, 2014
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The National Weather Service calls for mostly cloudy skies today with a high near 33 and an overnight low around 26.

Monday looks to be partly sunny with a high near 40 and a low around 33. Tuesday, there's a chance of showers with a high near 51 and a low around 45. Christmas Eve brings showers with a high near 56 and a low around 35. The chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

Expect rain and possible snow Christmas Day with a high near 38 and a low around 32. Friday, there's a chance of rain and snow showers with a high near 45 and a low around 38. Saturday: A chance of rain and snow showers with a high near 45.



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BUFFALO — Coming off a 5-1 hurting at the hands of the Winnipeg Jets, the Sabres were hoping for a better showing at home Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche. They didn't get it.

The Blue & Gold were out of the game almost as soon as it began with Colorado's Erik Johnson scoring just 2:23 into the first period. Nathan MacKinnon and Maxime Talbot recorded assists on the goal. At 7:07, Colorado tallied a short-handed goal by Cody McLeod to show the hometown team exactly what type of night to expect. Ryan O'Reilly assisted.

Following a scoreless second, Colorado got back on the board, going up 3-0 at 1:51 of the third with a goal by Alex Tanguay, assisted by Jarome Iginla and John Mitchell. At 5:09, a John Mitchell power play goal made it 4-0 Colorado. Tanguay again assisted, as did Iginla.

The Sabres got on the board at 13:27 with a Johan Larsson goal. Chris Stewart and Andre Benoit were awarded assists on the Sabres' lone goal of the night, making the score 4-1. Tanguay added an empty-netter at 19:34 to give the game a 5-1 final. Iginla and Johnson added the assists.

The Sabres play again tonight against the Boston Bruins in Boston.



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