Tonawanda News


March 7, 2014

ADAMCZYK: The luxury of comfort

Tonawanda News — A local non-profit and non-governmental organization recently asked me to write an essay about my hometown of Kenmore, so I did, and now I remember why fourth-graders find this sort of thing so difficult.

If you want to send a love letter to (or explanatory statement about) your hometown, there are easier ways to do it. A video, for example. WNED-TV, Buffalo’s Channel 17, for years provided video equipment to volunteers, to record goings-on in local communities (and by WNED-TV’s calculation, “local” includes Ontario), and the work was edited and generally distilled into its series “Our Town,” one episode per location. Those who worked on the project when it alit in Kenmore and Tonawanda shared something remarkable (yes, I did a segment about Sheridan Drive and its drag racing history), about 10 years ago. We still run into each other.

Or you could write a song. Perhaps the world could eschew repeated listenings to “Pasadena My Pasadena” or “Look Out, Detroit!” but certain songs can stay in memory and can be at least as effective as, I dunno, a Hallmark card message. If you’ve ever heard a blast from the 80s called “This Town is My Town” by the Michael Stanley Band, which is about the city of Cleveland, you’ll note it never mentions the city in question, so it’s adaptable, and the song somehow never entirely leaves your brain, ever.

No, we’re not writing songs or making movies, we’re writing an essay. About Kenmore. And it’s got to be a favorable look at my hometown. And informative. Get started.

I moved here in 1978 after spending adolescence just over the border in North Buffalo (and I attended Buffalo State College, and worked for a while at General Motors in Tonawanda; I don’t get around much), and chose Kenmore in part by its compact efficiency and orderly layout. Then I discovered I could walk to most required services, including a newsstand (which is now a Walgreens); there were pocket parks and recreational opportunities all over the place, but mostly an advantage I’ve come to treasure, to wit:

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