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November 10, 2012

Protect the children

(Continued)

Tonawanda News — •••

Bill Wittkowsky called the other day — a voice from the past. Many of us still miss his Flashback column with it’s feel for the olden days. He was a superb photographer and a wonderful historian. His question was how the World War II veterans were chosen for the recent one-day trip to Washington to see the wonderful, yet sad, monuments. Couldn’t answer his question, but if someone knows, give a call.

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Does anyone know a group, organization or perhaps senior living facility that could use yarn? My closet has skeins of yarn, many in holiday colors, left over from Christmas stockings. Perhaps some of you have bags or boxes of yarn that you no longer use. Let me know if you do and perhaps we can help out somewhere.

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If you like model railroads, you might enjoy the Niagara Frontier Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society which meets once a month. In the last newsletter, there was an interesting article on a time when Anthracite coal was the fuel of choice for homes and for locomotives.

“Lackawanna anthracite coal, from the great fields of northeastern Pennsylvania was carried by many railroads to Western New York markets,” the article states.

Advertising touted the anthracite as “The Cone-Cleaned Coal,” meaning it was cleaned to separate the coal from its impurities such as rocks, dirt and debris. E.E. Godfrey & Co. in East Aurora ran an ad for cone-cleaned coal — as simple to have as picking up your telephone and asking the operator for number “268.” Or how about the old “Let’s Pretend” radio show which has anthracite coal as a sponsor.

If you’d like more information on this fun group, email newsletter@nfcnrhs.com.

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A final wish, taken from the Geico commercial: May you be “as happy as a witch in a broom factory!”

Contact community editor Barbara Tucker at 693-1000, ext. 4110 or email barbara.tucker@tonawanda-news.com

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