Tonawanda News — Ron wrote: “I am always thrilled to hear about Fishing Derbys and such for kids. They are a great way of keeping family values. I have been a member of the “4th At Riverside” at Riverside Park in Buffalo. We are the American side of the Friendship Festival, although we have been in existence since 1954. It has gotten almost impossible for us to do things anymore because of fees, permits and insurances levied upon us by Buffalo, Erie County and the state. This year, after more than 20 years, we were forced to cancel our Kids Fishing Contest. We hold it at the foot of Ontario Street. Erie County got this park from the city some years ago. This year, the county decided we need a $1000,000 insurance policy at a cost of $500 for three hours. The person who ran this contest is elderly, has cancer and is on oxygen. This year we were notified he could not take his golf cart down there. There is always danger when kids fish in the river. However, kids will be fishing there for many months. Actually, there is more security when we are there. We can be very thankful that the Tonawandas still have things like Fishing Derbys.”
Ron added that the Tonawandas are fortunate to have the City of Tonawanda own Niawanda Park and is so cooperative with great events like this.
Pastor Charlie Hobbs called to say that on the Fourth of July, he, former mayor Paul Rumbold and Dale Evans will read the Declaration of Independence at 2 p.m. at his home, 1541 Ruie Road, North Tonawanda. In addition, he has a bell at his home from the former Forest Avenue Christian Church in Buffalo, the last church he served. He invites anyone who wishes to ring the bell in celebration of our nation’s birthday to stop by and ring it as long as he or she wants. All invited.