Tonawanda News


October 19, 2013

TUCKER: Lost photo presents a puzzle


Tonawanda News — At this point in the story, Ruth said when the organ’s history is told, she always adds “made in North Tonawanda!” The photos show how the restaurant installed the numerous percussions and traps and the platform on which the organ rises from a pit not unlike the one at the Riviera.

Thanks, Ruth.

Showing off

Mickey Sheldon from Tonawanda called to express her thanks to the City of Tonawanda Fire Department for hosting an amazing open house last week.

The firefighters honored breast cancer survivors by wearing their pink fire department shirts. “Only real men wear pink,” Mickey said.

Even “Sparky” the fire dog, wore pink. The firefighters sold shirts and, in fact, ran out of them.

“Chief Stuart came to my house to give me his,” Mickey, who is a breast cancer survivor herself, said. “There were lots of hugs from the big guys who were truly amazing.”

More than 200 adults and children attended and enjoyed all the events. No news yet on what family won a ride on the fire truck from their home to the fire hall to have dinner with the firefighters. What a fun prize.


Several readers commented on last week’s thought about what America and its politicians have become.

Here’s another one: “You can have pornography on TV or the Internet, but you better not put a Nativity scene in a public park during Christmas” or, how about: “We still have freedom of speech, but only if we are being politically correct.” 

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

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