North Tonawanda Mayor and State Senator-elect Rob Ortt had the best intentions when he honored the former and late Mayor James McGinnis’s efforts to improve the Deerwood Golf Course with a special dedicatory plaque last April.
McGinnis (1931-2014), who served as mayor from 1993-1997, advocated for the addition of nine holes — the "Fawn" course — during his tenure. Deerwood, which was built in the 1970s, consisted of the "Buck" and "Doe" courses for 25 years until the addition was completed.
A simple ommission of a single letter changed the substance of the message of the plaque, showing the value of proof readers in all literary compositions. The plaque, by the way, was quickly replaced with one with the correct spelling at no cost to the city, according to City Clerk/Treasurer Scott P. Kiedrowski.
We note it here in its place, not to poke fun of it, but rather to point out that perhaps one day this publication might make some similar error and when we do, we will expect to be called on it and perhaps, as the context warrants, laughed at, midly admonished or forgiven.
In the case of James A. McGinnis, “father, dedicated public servant and avid golfer” may his memory live long - especially at the back nine at the Deerwood Golf Course. As Whitman said, “If you want me again look for me under your bootsoles.” Or in the case of McGinnis, make that “your golf soles...”.