Tonawanda News


April 12, 2014

TUCKER: Taking down trees 'disheartening'

Tonawanda News — Several readers have questioned the City of Tonawanda’s tree removal program. An email to Jenna Koch, who represents the Third Ward and checks into any query on the city, explained the program.

“It’s very disheartening,” Jenna wrote about the tree removal. “It’s my understanding that there were five certified arborists who did an inventory of 5,700 trees in the city and the trees that are coming down are priority 1 level trees. There are 500 trees in the city that are slated to be taken down over the next two years. Very depressing to say the least. (The city) has found funds to plant 100 trees right away. We are also waiting on a grant for $35,000.”


On to happier signs of spring. Two Blue Jays were in my yard Friday, eating their hearts out on seeds and insects and picking up bits of dried grass and weeds to make a nest. And how about the stacks of peat moss for sale at a variety of locations — sure sign of warmer days.


As a person who was on the Riviera Theatre board when Frank Cannata was hired and taking part in discussions about the theater going bankrupt, I’m disappointed in his resignation as executive director. Frank never once looked at the down side, but from day one had positive ideas on how to grow the theater into a regional attraction and brought the whole of Webster Street with him — something he accomplished.

His drive, vitality, commitment, knowledge of theater and more enthusiasm and charisma than I’d ever seen, carried the theater to where it is today. I’ve not been on the board for several years, so I don’t know any of the “ins and outs” of this, only that he is one of a kind who has not been recognized for all he accomplished.

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