Tonawanda News


January 9, 2014

KEPPELER: Life, in 30 minutes


Tonawanda News — My blase attitude lasted for maybe a block south on River Road, when visibility dropped considerably. OK, maybe this wasn’t going to be that much of a breeze, after all. Still, I could see the road, the lights, the other vehicles. I’d be fine.

(Side comment: People, it doesn’t matter if it’s technically daylight out. If you’re driving in conditions in which visibility is remotely poor and you notice you have to keep your eyes open for other vehicles’ lights ... maybe that should be a clue to put your own vehicle’s lights on? On this trek, I noticed three different cars and trucks without lights, which doesn’t sound like a ton unless you’re about to make a turn while hoping and praying that there’s nothing coming through the white. More on that later.)

Slowly, my little patch of traffic moved over the bridge and into the City of Tonawanda. It looked like my favorite Tim Hortons was closed. Maybe this was bad, I joked to myself.

Of course, that’s when things really did get worse.

Like a float in a really a slow parade, I followed a line of other vehicles down Main Street, watching lights, foot on the brake. By the time I paused to make my left turn at Main and Roosevelt, it was just a matter of squinting at the oncoming lights and hoping every other vehicle out there was using them. I passed the library and crept onward.

By the time I made Delaware, it was a white-out. I couldn’t see a thing at times. It was just foot-on-the-gas and keep moving. The wind whipped the snow around and howled and I peered through the windshield and kept my little car in the tracks of those that had gone before it.

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  • 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

  • Canal Fest, here we come This column should be titled "Roads and Streets." First of all, Meadow Drive is finally open. Although it took very long to be completed, it's beautiful. Riding by the other day brought into focus how many people will use this to cut across town. One less thing for residents to complain about.

    July 12, 2014

  • ADAMCZYK: Homesick for someplace I've never been You stumble over things that make you wonder. I do, at least, and the latest is one of those advertising artifacts from yesteryear that encourage me to ponder what's changed and what never will.

    July 11, 2014