Tonawanda News — In 1978 Loraine Jensen suggested the Urban Renewal Agency take a trip to Fairport to see what that small town put up after being without stores for years.
A humorous note from Cliff Holler, saying he was keeping a writeup in his “Try to Remember” file, brought a laugh.
A column on Lucille Main, Betty Haack, Betty Wheeler, Barbara Wein and a number of other fellow scout leaders, elicited a note from Dan Kane, managing editor, who wrote “Excellent column on scouting … lots of names. (Don’t quote me.)”
The Corner drew a lot of criticism over the years, one from the Town paramedics, another from the administration at the former Tonawanda Junior High after I wrote about the unruly conduct of students before and after school, the Tonawanda signal maintenance worker who was angry that I knocked the outrageous number of signals and stop signs in the city. (Still ranting on this today - 30 years later), the person who said I was dumber than the curb ... and many more.
On the other hand, Pat Schuster was thrilled that I was looking for darning yarn - she wrote that she was glad to hear she wasn’t the last sock-darning mom in all of America. “I still have the old wood sock darner my mom gave me when I got married.”
One of the notes to the Corner included a recipe for baking bread — long, involved and I must confess I never tried.The final line reads “Recipe from the kitchen and basement of Diane Krause.”
Robert Terry wrote a note supporting the use of sidewalk plows. (Wish they were still in operation.)
Fellow newsroom folks, Janet Bronschidle, Lynn Hemmings, Lynn Kerwin, Joyce Morris, Lew Jekovich, Lou Michel, Thom Storey and Ed Slowinski, would send ideas and suggestions for both the JWD and the Corner. I was forever grateful!