Tonawanda News — •••
Doesn’t anyone have yarn? It seems hard to believe that no one has answered the call for yarn. It can be picked up at your home or you drop it off at DeGraff Memorial Hospital or the VFW in Tonawanda — or here at the News. Yes, it’s Christmas time and everyone’s busy, but how long does it take to put unused yarn in a bag? It’s something your grandchildren can do.
Even though Small Business Saturday was last weekend, one wonders how many really shopped locally. Last week, driving down Payne Avenue, a new digital marquee style sign on Marinelli Jewelers caught my eye. Owner Gary Marinelli said the idea came from his customers who said because of the store’s location, it sometimes goes unnoticed. Not anymore! The sign says it all. And Christmas is a great time to stop by and check out some unusual jewelry items.
Don’t you hate it when your car gives you a message? Yesterday, mine alerted me to “low tire pressure.” So it was off to Dunn Tire in Tonawanda where my car received its last four tires. In about five minutes, the pressure was checked and corrected with the explanation that, “Y’know, it’s cold weather, check the pressure.”
Frank S. Sommers, a true City of Tonawanda native, died this past week. His expertise on basketball, learned from being captain of the Tonawanda High School team and from playing on other teams, was so evident when one of his sons and one of ours played on the same team in high school. I’d sit next to Frank to learn about the game and, given his comments, yell at the referees. He was always proud of Tonawanda and gave 30 years of his life as owner and operatior of Frank’s Barber Shop on Young Street. We have a movie of Frank giving our youngest son his first haircut, snipping the blond curls while our son cried. He cut all our kids’ hair and they all enjoyed going to his shop with their dad — and coming home with all kinds of Tonawanda news. His gardens were always so beautiful, a hobby he really enjoyed. He and his wife, Tess, traveled and were committed to their six children and grandchildren. Great family.