Tonawanda News


June 15, 2013

TUCKER: Old photos bring fun memories


Tonawanda News — Looking forward to his next visit.


Rarely has Stan Nicholson been wrong. But this week was probably his first mistake ever. He emailed to say how much he enjoyed the article on the Wurlitzer Company and of the descendants of the family who were in town. The article mentioned the Wurlitzer organ was played in a pizza parlor.

“Must take exception though to the idea of a Wurlitzer organ in a pizza parlor. In a rare occasion, perhaps a Wurlitzer ‘juke box’ but show me an organ in a pizza parlor and I’ll show you a new Peace Bridge to Canada.”

Well, get ready to see the new Peace Bridge, Stan, because there are pizza parlors, mostly out west, that feature the Wurlitzer organ as entertainment. Many of the organists who perform at the Riviera’s monthly organ concerts have, or are currently playing the organ in a pizza parlor.


Do you know anyone who likes bullying? Not me. But who seems to be the biggest bully around? How about our governor who thinks by bullying he can get the Peace Bridge moving? He’s making enemies of Canada, our country’s best friend and has even bullied the assembly and senate into endorsing his plan to end the binational panel. He’s trying to pressure Canadian to resolve the dispute over improvements to the U.S. side of the Peace Bridge.

Even usually quiet Assemblyman Robin Schimminger was quoted as saying “(The governor’s) appointees want to see it moved through this Legislature as a bludgeon, as a club against our Canadian friends on the Peace Bridge Authority. ...  I don’t like bullying,” he said.

Seems to me if the governor is looking to be a candidate for the presidency, as some have suggested, don’t do it by making enemies of our friends.

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    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

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