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June 1, 2013

TUCKER: Bogus trip to Philippines

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Tonawanda News — How do they do that? I think I’m a century behind!

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Branko Vezmar stopped by the News to reminisce about Goose Island. Born in 1921, Branko clearly recalled the “girls” at the brothels because as a youngster, he and some friends would go to the Mohican Market to shop for them.

“They’d give us a tip of a dime,” he said, “and if they didn’t, we’d take a dime from the change.”

The ladies, with names such as Tiger Lil, Indian Rose and Cockeyed Annie, had a saying: “Save a nickel, save a dime, when you have a dollar, come up and see me sometime.”

Branko told about the time the canal was filled in.

“Robert Gair factory had paper waste which Morningstar picked up and dumped in to help fill the old canal. That waste floated on the water and we’d jump on the ‘islands’ and hope no one else jumped on the same one or we’d get our feet wet,” he laughed.

Branko said he attended a national American Legion convention in New York City a number of years ago and when a group from here, wearing their Legion caps with Tonawanda on them, stopped in a bar for a drink, a person asked whether there’s still Goose Island in Tonawanda. “Had a good time there,” the man told the Legion group.

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Congratulations to Rev. Charles Hobbs who just last week celebrated his 62nd  year of ordination. The celebration included ringing an old church bell and flying a flag with 13 stars.

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Ken Diegleman called to give the phone number of the Vets Helping Vets organization located at 1280 Main St., Buffalo. The number is 898-0110. Thanks, Ken.

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If you want to help a deserving organization that means a great deal to the Tonawandas, consider making a donation to the Historical Society of the Tonawandas, just starting its annual appeal.

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