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June 29, 2013

TUCKER: Sad farewell to Grace Church

Tonawanda News — Signs of the times.

It’s a sad time when a church — of whatever denomination — has to close for lack of parishioners. Several in North Tonawanda have closed including my home church of Ascension. However, the closing and selling of Grace Lutheran Church adjacent to the Farmers’ Market on Robinson Street and Payne Avenue, came as a real shock. Grace Church has been the 107 years, has a wonderful outreach program, fine ministers and once a month sold the best chowder around. My in-laws and many members of the family were parishioners and many buried from the church. Not sure who or what entity purchased it, but hopefully it’s beauty, inside and out, won’t be changed. A sad time.

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On a slightly different note, the Twin Cities Community Outreach, otherwise known as TCCO, is looking for a talented art student, preferably college-level, who might be interested in volunteering to paint a wall-sized drawing of the TCCO logo in the building’s foyer.

The great thing about this for the artist is using the project as part of his or her resume. Deadline for applying is July 20. TCCO houses Meals On Wheels, the NT Food Pantry and the Clothes Closet. If you’ve never been there, it’s at 100 Ridge Road, off Payne Avenue, North Tonawanda, across from Memorial Pool.

Call Greg Lureman at 545-5954 or email him at glureman@aol.com for more information.

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It you graduated from Tonawanda High School 50 or more years ago, don’t miss the Golden Warriors picnic reunion from 1 to 6 p.m. July 14 at Firemen’s Park on Two Mile Creek Road.

Beverly Rasch said the committee is still searching for graduates who want to renew acquaintances. If you’re interested, call Beverly at 773-6333.

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In response to the article last week praising the Fishing Derby in Tonawanda, Ron Wacker sent this very sad and apalling note:

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