Tonawanda News


December 29, 2012

Winter tales of joy and woe

Tonawanda News — The residents on Grove Street in Tonawanda are an amazing group of folks. Coming to work yesterday, it was clear they think of others. We all know to clear the fire hydrants of snow, and this was done. However, yesterday was garbage pick up day and the plows had dumped snow over the curb and onto the space between the sidewalk and curb. But the pile of snow did not daunt the residents. Nearly every household had shoveled a place to put its black tote, making it easier for the DPW workers. Very thoughtful.


Driving home from my daughter’s home in Sanborn in the snowstorm Wednesday evening could have been a bad experience. However, en route, I saw only one car until I reached Oliver Street and Ward Road, which allowed me to drive more to the center of the street. On Oliver, there was one car ahead of me until we reached Sweeney Street. An SUV was at the signal at the Delaware Street bridge, turning left to go to Tonawanda. At the bottom of the bridge, he had his left turn signal on to turn onto Young Street. When the signal turned green he headed toward Young Street, must have realized he’d made an error, and did a “wheelie” swinging completely around, heading back to North Tonawanda. Luckily, there were no other cars on the road as he obviously didn’t realize I was behind him. I swerved out of the way, missing him by about a foot. I watched in the rear view mirror as he headed back over the bridge. Isn’t winter driving fun?


Now for something a bit controversial.

Bob Starr sent in his feelings on the City of Tonawanda’s considering privatizing its trash service. This has been in Sound Off several times, however, Bob thought it could go in this column. The email was long, so it’s been trimmed a bit.

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