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October 19, 2013

TUCKER: Lost photo presents a puzzle

Tonawanda News — Ryan Proefrock of North Tonawanda found the accompanying photo near the curb while walking on Military Road near Sheridan Drive on Friday. On the back of the photo is a note: “Dad — John Sullivan.” If you know anything about the photo, call or email me at the News. Ryan would love to hear about the young man in the photo and how it ended up in the street. Ryan served in the Air Force and thinks the young man in the photo is in a military uniform.

Cemetery find

Last week, Barbara Markusic from Indianapolis, Ind., emailed regarding the story of Jacob Dawson’s Eagle scout project at Poole Cemetery in Pendleton. She wanted to thank Jacob for helping her find where he ancestors are buried. Holly Dawson, Jacob’s mom, emailed Barbara who was also seeking information about the VanSlykes who she thought were also buried there. Holly emailed Barbara to tell her that there are VanSlykes in the cemetery.

“It is amazing how a story can touch so many,” Holly wrote. “I found out another person I have known through family for years who has been searching for the Poole cemetery for quite awhile and was quite excited about the article. ...  The project and the story have made many people happy and have had a greater impact than we could ever have expected.”

Women of Distinction

What a treat to see so many women recognized for their work and talent at the Women of Distinction dinner last Wednesday. In addition, six high school seniors were also honored for their extensive commitment to school and community.

Sitting next to Ruth Hacker, a very long time volunteer in the gift shop at DeGraff Memorial Hospital, was a special treat. Ruth attended the event to help celebrate the accomplishments of Mary Brown, nursing director at DeGraff. During dinner, Ruth relayed the story about the largest and most elaborate Wurlitzer organ which is a show-stopper at Organ Stop Pizza in Tempe, Arizona. Ruth has been there many times and said she had photos and a newspaper article on the organ. And, true to her word, she stopped at the News on Monday to share the photos and article. What a treasure. Some of the pipes are 32 feet high. Each of the 5,500 pipes were crafted in the same process organ builders used hundreds of years ago. The organ was purchased in 1927 with some of the pipes dating back 1918.

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  • adamczyk, ed.jpg ADAMCZYK: And now for something completely different... Last weekend I attended a local movie theater (a plushy, posh experience; they design these places now to get you out of your living room and away from your home electronics) to watch the sun set on the British Empire.

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  • wallace, amy.jpg WALLACE: Too much information? Is there such a thing as TMI or too much information anymore? Some might say yes.

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  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On reading and the lack thereof It was surprising to me a few weeks ago when a friend asked a group of us to estimate how many books we have each read over the last five years. The English teacher said 200 and he far and away led the pack. I was probably the median and my number was 20-25.

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  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: Conflict in Ukraine now a concern of global proportions It seems increasingly clear Ukrainian separatists, with the help from the Russian military, are responsible for the tragedy. They, of course, have denied it. They've also denied access to the crash site to international investigators seeking to recover the dead and determine what happened. That's not something the innocent party does.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: King George's abdication leaves many questions I've covered Niagara County politics for 10 years and it's been a fascinating -- and often infuriating -- experience. With the news the man known with equal parts respect and cynicism as "King George" is walking away it's about to get more interesting.

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