Tonawanda News


March 30, 2013

Easter arrives, ready or not


Tonawanda News — •••

Congratulations to Leah McDonell, who led the Cardinal O’Hara girls basketball team to state titles, for being named the Tonawanda News’ Player of the Year. Additionally, kudos to all the student-athletes who were chosen in their sport for their titles. The Tonawandas certainly produce a lot of wonderful athletes and scholars.


Stan Nicholson, who enjoys disagreeing with yours truly, sent in his feelings on the Forest Avenue psychiatric center’s buildings. He disagrees with my belief that the buildings, which housed the worst, most violent treatment of the mentally ill, should be torn down and buried.

Stan wrote: “I have a niece who lives on Richmond Avenue and I pass those lovely buildings quite often. I know, in the old days we used to call Forest Avenue the “nut house” and other worse things. Our ignorance of reality cannot be overlooked but that was then and this is now. Those buildings are beautiful and an astounding contrast to the glass and steel square stuff they put up nearby. Syracuse University has similar buildings on campus and won’t be torn down, you can be assured. Let these Forest Avenue buildings alone, please. The past does have its advantages in many ways.”

Sorry, Stan, my wish stands: When the millions of dollars are spent on turning this place of torture into a luxurious hotel, may the ghosts of those mistreated souls haunt the place.


Glad to see Tonawanda Coke is getting its share of consequences for polluting the air and ground. How many died from the actions of this plant? And thanks to those residents whose dogged pursuit made this come about. Too bad it took so many years for the regulators and the government to take notice.


Last week Ray Smith died. Most of you may not recognize his name, but to members of the Erie-Niagara Sunrise Exchange Club, he will always be remembered. Ray, in his late 80s, came to every meeting, unless his health did not allow it, always supportive of every event and fundraiser, full of fun and able to spread warmth and humor wherever he went. He was a devoted American and former and long-time Boy Scout leader. His reminisces were enjoyed by all. He was a friend to all and no one ever heard a bad word from him. May he rest in peace.

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

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