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March 22, 2014

TUCKER: Time to clean out your attics

Tonawanda News — Just as I was about to write a request for yarn, a wonderful woman who would not give her name, dropped off a large bag of yarn. It will go to good use as the VFW women, who knit chemo hats and blankets for the homeless and veterans, as well as Karen Armenia’s knitters, are running out of yarn. These are just a couple of groups that could use all that yarn that’s in your closets, basements or attics. Drop off all you have to the News and it’ll be distributed from here — recycling at it’s best.

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At a talk on renewable energy sources at Daemen College the other night, the advantages of solar power and windmills were discussed at length. In addition, one speaker, an expert on landscaping and keeping runoff water from our sewers and drains, gave a great pitch for more natural gardening: using native plants and trees and bird-friendly shrubs and flowers. Now all we need is spring to be part of this gardening project.

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What do I know about basketball? Nothing. Certainly the Men’s Division 1 Basketball Championship is way out of my area of expertise. However, when our managing editor gave everyone a sheet with brackets of all games and teams, I thought, why not? So I choose team after team as winner of each bracket, without a clue as to what was what. The only teams I’d heard about were Syracuse and Ohio State, my son-in-law’s favorite. With that in mind, I selected Ohio State as the grand champion. One day into the playoffs and Ohio State was beaten. One of the pressmen who suggested I pick Florida had a great laugh Friday morning — at my expense.

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So glad readers pay attention and question a discrepancy in two similar stories. Jessica Bagley wrote a great article on the uphill fight St. Francis of Assisi School is having with the Diocese of Buffalo. A reader emailed that her story had only 152 students at St. Francis, a number provided by the diocese. However, the diocese did not count preschoolers at St. Francis, although they did for the other schools, for whatever reason. In my column last week, I said the school has 182, the correct figure from the principal. So we’re both right, in a way, only with lots of new registrations, registration at St. Francis will be over 200 next year.

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