Tonawanda News


March 23, 2013

Hitting against a federal wall


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Scott Kiedrowski, North Tonawanda city clerk/treasurer, is doing his part for Americanism. For about the last two years, he’s been collecting worn U.S. flags for proper disposal at a ceremony at the Sikora American Legion Post. Scott placed containers at city hall near his office as a convenient place for people to bring in flags no longer needed.

“I am amazed how quickly the barrels fill up,” Scott said. He also noted that the collection barrels are there all year.


A woman called to say she and many of her friends are retired — and bored. She wondered if it would be possible to print a listing of places that need volunteers.

“Some of the places, like DeGraff Hospital and the library come to mind right away,” she said. “But surely there must be other groups that could use us.”

So if your organization needs volunteers (and you are willing to make use of their talents in a welcoming way) either call me at 693-1000, ext. 4110 or email. Be sure to leave the name and phone number of a person to call to sign up.


It’s always great to see old friends and catch up on each other’s lives. Such was the case last week when I ran into Barbara Kancar and Ellie Flemming, both from our days when our kids were young and we were the same. Barbara’s still working and Ellie enjoys traveling and of course, her family’s visits. Nice visit.


Recently, coming home from downtown Buffalo, I took the scenic route down Richmond Avenue, ending at Forest Avenue in front of the former psychiatric hospital, a gloomy reminder of man’s inhumanity to man. How developers can even think of changing this place of horror into a hotel is beyond me. It should be torn down and buried along with the memories of treatment at that place, and I don’t care who the architect was nor how famous his work is considered. My hope is that when the millions and millions of dollars are spent converting the former mental hospital, the ghosts of former patients will walk the halls, retelling their stories.


Thought for the day from a desk calendar: God loves you! And I’m really trying.

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

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