Tonawanda News

September 28, 2013

TUCKER: Webster tree project fears allayed

The Tonawanda News

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.

• Clothes off of the line before dinner time, neatly folded in the clothes basket, and ready to be ironed.

• Ironed? Well, that’s a whole other subject.

Bob also included a poem too long to print here, but if you would like a copy, send me an email and I’ll send it along.


Last week’s YWCA centennial dinner was a great event and brought out so many people. MaryAlice Demler did a great job as emcee and was presented with a special award, as was YWCA director Jill Townson — both well deserved. The two beautiful booklets that each guest received were remarkable. Professionally done, full of information and history of this gem in North Tonawanda. An event well planned and carried out. Congratulations to all.


Doug Tayor, president of Taylor Devices and board chairman of LCDC, sent an email to clarify the Webster Street tree plantings, being done as part of a State Green Infrastructure Grant with state funds.

“The intent of the new boxes and plantings is to allow biodegradation of storm water run-off before the water gets into our storm sewers which flow into the canal and Niagara River,” Doug explained.

He noted that anytime a reader has questions about any new development project in the city they will get a quick response from the Lumber City Development Corporation, which by state law is independent from the city. The LCDC contact information is at the web site, Board members are selected by the LCDC board from the private business sector, save for the NT mayor and one member of the City Council. Board members receive no salary.

The tree plantings are part of a $575,000 Green Infrastructure Grant from the NYS Environmental Facilities Corp. The plantings use predesigned units that come with about 10 different types of trees that meet the requirements for remediation of the contaminants and must be compatible with our local climate, rainfall amounts, etc. The tree options were given to the local property and business owners on Webster Street who then selected Jack Pears and Ivory Silk Lilacs, types they felt were most appropriate to the street.

Thanks Doug for the clear explanation.


When I began working at the News, Dean Harmon was the dynamic circulation manager, a job he held for 28 years. He was quiet spoken, friendly, more than capable and always had a plan to make the News the best it could be. His death made me recall the wonderful days of the News with Ruby Hewitt at the helm. Condolences to his family.

Butch Bauman was a bit different from Dean as he was outspoken and, when necessary, argumentative (right up my alley) and a big lovable bear of a person. My first encounter was when, at my first job after college in the development office at Canisius College, I was asked to pick up Butch at the airport as he was the first student from Regis High School in Manhattan to come to Canisius. Born in New York City, he carried that New York City accent all through his life. Our paths crossed again when his children and ours attended Cardinal O’Hara High School. A teacher in Buffalo and then in retirement a starter at Brighton Golf Course, you knew you were in for fun when he was around. He was one of a kind. Condolences to the family.

Contact community editorBarbara Tucker at 693-1000, ext. 4110 or

Contact community editor Barbara Tucker at 693-1000, ext. 4110 or