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February 15, 2014

TUCKER: Diocese offers odd suggestion

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Tonawanda News — By the way, to see that route, go on the NFTA website and check Route 57. Here’s the gist of it: Niagara Falls Boulevard and Ward Road to Meadow and Payne Avenue, Payne to Goundry, then over the Seymour Bridge to Tonawanda.

I, for one, am happy the city does not add to its school budget woes by busing outside the district at its own expense as it wouldn’t just be to St. Francis but to any school within a 15-mile radius.

The diocese looks ridiculous for offering this “solution.”

Here’s more

Speaking of St. Francis, Jennifer LeRoy from Alden sent the following email:

“I just wanted to say that I am so impressed by your unfailing faith in the fight to save St. Francis. My childhood memories revolve around St. Francis, the City of Tonawanda and our family. There are many people out there that will tell you “you can’t.” But what you have to do is to turn around and say ‘watch me.’ I think you and many others have proved that you will persevere. “

Or how about this from Sandie Drake Quick on Facebook: “I am not Catholic, nor do I know of anyone who has attended St. Francis. However, I have never seen such a well thought out and intelligent display of people fighting for a school they love! Keep it up. You rock, St. Francis! I’m behind you 100 percent!”

Robert Zayatz emailed that he was a parishioner of the now defunct St. Joseph’s Parish in North Tonawanda. After the church closed, he and his wife decided to join St. Francis due “to Father Mike who made us feel wanted and at home.”

Mr. Zayatz was a sixth-grade student at St. Joe’s when the school opened and later his four sons attended St. Joe’s. The whole family became involved at the school.

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