Tonawanda News


January 4, 2014

TUCKER: This column writes itself


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!

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  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On lines blurred, crossed and nonexistent It strikes me more and more how blurry the lines have gotten in all facets of our world, large and small.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tucker, Barbara.jpg TUCKER: Oh, the joys of Sound Off Never thought the words "Thank goodness for Sound Off" would ever be printed here.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • adamczyk, ed.jpg ADAMCZYK: And now for something completely different... Last weekend I attended a local movie theater (a plushy, posh experience; they design these places now to get you out of your living room and away from your home electronics) to watch the sun set on the British Empire.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • wallace, amy.jpg WALLACE: Too much information? Is there such a thing as TMI or too much information anymore? Some might say yes.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On reading and the lack thereof It was surprising to me a few weeks ago when a friend asked a group of us to estimate how many books we have each read over the last five years. The English teacher said 200 and he far and away led the pack. I was probably the median and my number was 20-25.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • confer, bob.jpg CONFER: A Con-Con would be a con game

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: Conflict in Ukraine now a concern of global proportions It seems increasingly clear Ukrainian separatists, with the help from the Russian military, are responsible for the tragedy. They, of course, have denied it. They've also denied access to the crash site to international investigators seeking to recover the dead and determine what happened. That's not something the innocent party does.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADAMCZYK: Personal development, rendered in steel Accepting the premise that everyone needs to fill the same amount of time every day (24 hours, every day), some people use theirs rebuilding things, tangible things, and thus fulfill a few intangible goals.

    July 18, 2014

  • WALLACE: Festival season is underway Summer is the season of fairs and festivals. From Canal Fest in the Tonawandas to the Allentown Art Festival and Italian Heritage Festival in Buffalo to the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, the Western New York area has no shortage of things to do with the family over the summer.

    July 17, 2014

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: King George's abdication leaves many questions I've covered Niagara County politics for 10 years and it's been a fascinating -- and often infuriating -- experience. With the news the man known with equal parts respect and cynicism as "King George" is walking away it's about to get more interesting.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo