Tonawanda News


September 28, 2013

TUCKER: Webster tree project fears allayed

Tonawanda News — A woman called to say her 11-year-old granddaughter wants to learn to crochet. The woman wondered if any place — libraries, YWCA or others — have a class to teach crocheting after school. She herself, does not crochet because she is left-handed and wasn’t able to learn. (I had the same problem when my sister, who crochets beautifully, tried to teach me. After a couple of hours, she gave up — and so did I.) Anyway, the granddaughter is right-handed and her grandmother would like her to learn now before she loses interest. Ideas anyone?


Bob Derner sent in this article on clotheslines (and clothes poles.) If you don’t know what clotheslines are, skip this. Enjoy.

The basic rules:

• You had to hang the socks by the toes ... NOT the top.

• You hung pants by the bottom/cuffs ... NOT the waistbands.

• You had to wash the clothesline(s) before hanging any clothes, walk the entire length of each line with a damp cloth around the lines.

• You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always hang “whites” with “whites,” and hang them first.

• You never hung a shirt by the shoulders - always by the tail. What would the neighbors think?

• Wash day on a Monday. Never hang clothes on the weekend, or on Sunday.

• Hang the sheets and towels on the OUTSIDE lines so you could hide your “unmentionables” in the middle (perverts & busybodies, y’know.)

• It didn’t matter if it was sub-zero weather ... clothes would “freeze-dry.”

• ALWAYS gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes. Pins left on the lines were “tacky.”

• If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item did not need two clothes pins, but shared one of the clothes pins with the next washed item.

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    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.

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