Tonawanda News


April 5, 2014

TUCKER: Yarn yields clicking needles

Tonawanda News — Congratulations to Eric DuVall, the News managing editor, who won “Best of CNHI” editorial contest for 2013. (CNHI is the parent company for the News.) Eric was named Columnist of the Year and we’re very proud of him.

More than 620 entries competed for newspaper, website and magazine of the year honors as well as public service journalism and six individual categories in two daily divisions and one non-daily division.

The judges selected the best based on the quality of reporting, writing, enterprise, initiative, editorials, photography, graphics, design, and print and digital presentation.

Some of you do not always agree with Eric’s editorial views, but that’s what makes his writing award-winning. He makes readers think, agree or disagree. In my editorial writing class in college, that was the number one premise: Make people think but be correct with your facts. And Eric does that. He’s a student of history and government and his conclusions are based on facts, not assumptions.

On top of that, he’s a true Sabres fan.


Ever wonder what actually happens to the yarn that some of you have so generously dropped off at the News? When I dropped off the three bags and a box of yarn to Karen Armenia for her “Yarners,” she gave me the following statistics.

So far, the women have made and donated 175 hats, 135 scarves, 25 pairs of baby booties, 14 pairs of mittens, 15 baby blankets, 20 lap robes, 25 shawls and 30 pairs of slippers.

Remarkable! Karen said they had just about run out of yarn when your donations were delivered. So keep it coming. You can drop off yarn at the News and we’ll take if from here.


Potholes are the bane of everyone’s existence it seems. But what seems even worse is the number of trees, mostly large, that are being taken down throughout the Twin Cities and Ken-Ton. Probably wouldn’t have bothered me too much before becoming a member of the New York Forest Owners Association, better known as NYFOA.

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  • 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

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    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Canal Fest, here we come This column should be titled "Roads and Streets." First of all, Meadow Drive is finally open. Although it took very long to be completed, it's beautiful. Riding by the other day brought into focus how many people will use this to cut across town. One less thing for residents to complain about.

    July 12, 2014

  • ADAMCZYK: Homesick for someplace I've never been You stumble over things that make you wonder. I do, at least, and the latest is one of those advertising artifacts from yesteryear that encourage me to ponder what's changed and what never will.

    July 11, 2014

  • WALLACE: Playing politics as usual The immigration crisis is just the most recent example of how dysfunctional Washington, D.C. is right now.

    July 10, 2014

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