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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

    July 17, 2014

  • 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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