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January 4, 2014

TUCKER: This column writes itself

Tonawanda News — Cleaning out a drawer stuffed with old Barbara’s Corner and Job Well Done columns, turned into a fun afternoon and evening of reading and remembering.

First the Job Well Done category:

Ingeborg Golde, truant officer for Tonawanda schools for many years, sent a handwritten thank you for the JWD column on her.

“One young woman on whose home I called frequently (chronic absentees) — she was probably the baby of the family — told me she always thought I was the school doctor until she saw in the paper that I was the truant officer!”, she wrote.

Sister Marcella Marie wrote a thank you after her JWD was published.

“The article was complete. I didn’t realize you were paying such strict attention at the interview.”

Rose Marie Sutherland wondered in her note following a JWD on her: “You have me wondering if you are Irish and kissed the Blarney Stone.”

So many women were chosen for the JWD column (only women, by the way) and so many are unforgettable: Peg Clukey, Mary Hefner, Sue Hough, Marlyne Arcara, Mary Jane Casey, Virginia Snyder, Sister Angelica and dozens more, wonderful, involved, dedicated and humble people who made a difference.

Barbara’s Corner

An early Corner article in the late 70s was full of reminiscences by a former Tonawanda resident, who on her visit after years away, wondered if Helen Meyers, Lorraine Schweitzer, Marion Joyce, Lila Wantz or Charlotte Bowden were still in town — “that old gang of mine,” she said.

A letter from Effie Hettman and Linda McGinn in the spring of 1980 concerned the condition of Roosevelt Avenue in Tonawanda. “Since Roosevelt is a main thoroughfare, we are concerned about its appearance. With the state driving tests on Roosevelt, many out of city residents, unaware of the Junior High School location, must view the mess as an unfavorable impression of our home town.”

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