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February 1, 2014

TUCKER: Time to start thinking spring

Tonawanda News — Mary Lou Schlegenhouf, who, as I recall was the “mother of Ilion Street” sent a note that might jog your memory.

“Those were the days” Mary Lou wrote, “Jewel Tea Company, Hall’s Bakery and Welcome Wagon which helped new mothers with advice after the birth of their children. If you called them, they would come over and do anything for you.”

No doubt many can relate to Mary Lou’s remembrances. Guess we could add Herman Miller violin maker, Loblaw Grocery, NuWay Market, Clay Pipe Room, Dickinson Fish Market, Twin City Style Shop — too many to even think about.

Cold enough

On a slightly different tact, do you remember how we found out if there was a snow day when we were kids? How about Clint Buehlman on WBEN? Even if school was canceled, we were dressed warmly, including snow pants, hats, scarves and mittens and sent to play outside. Remember building forts, having a snowball war with your friends, maybe sledding on the High Speed Line embankment or building snowmen?

On Monday’s snow day, two youngsters were playing outside their home on Delaware at Eugene streets. Bundled from head to toe they laughed as they jumped on their sleds and enjoyed the slope on their property. Difference between these kids playing and the kids who would have waited at a freezing windy corner for a school bus, is that the two youngsters could go inside and have hot chocolate to warm up. Good call for the school districts to close and putting the announcement out early enough for parents to prepare.

Ball State’s David Call, a severe weather expert, emailed that many Americans are suffering through the coldest January since the 1970s.

“None of those coldest Januaries have occurred in the last 25 years, so this month is considerably colder than what we have experienced in recent memory,” says Call. “Many of the coldest Januaries on record occurred in the 1970s and 1980s, including 1977, 1978 and 1979. Anyone over 35 has experienced weather like this before — just not recently.”

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