Tonawanda News


June 21, 2014

TUCKER: St. Francis: Never give up

Tonawanda News — Ever wonder what to do with paper grocery bags that accumulate in your cupboard?

If you want to get rid of them and help out a cause, drop them off at the Brighton Place Library on Brighton Road in the Town of Tonawanda. The library is having a book sale July 17 and it’s looking for grocery bags.


Great fun hearing from someone from the past.

This week, Jim Williams, an old Cardinal O’Hara High School colleague wrote that after he left his teaching position at O’Hara, he went to St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute.

“I’m starting my 20th school year at St. Joe’s,” Jim wrote. His email referred to last week’s mention of the cemeteries in the City of Tonawanda and how well cared for they are. The question was raised about who took care of them before modern day mowers and trimmers.

Jim gave the following update: “When I was in high school in the late 1970s, I was the Salem Cemetery caretaker — cutting, trimming, and general maintenance. My great-grandmother, Eleanora Andres Mileham, and her brother, William Andres, told me how the cemetery was cared for when they were young. Uncle Bill was born in 1889 on William Street,  but Great-Grandma Mileham was born at 18 Nowak — the only house on the street in 1897. They grew up on Nowak and had a daily view of the cemetery. Their father bought one of the last Salem Cemetery lots available. I have the original deed, written in German. Uncle Bill said that it was expected that each family would take care of its own plot at that time. He and Gramma said that on summer nights it often ‘looked like a parade’ as families walked by Nowak Street with their watering cans, hand trimmers and at times even push mowers on the way to the cemetery. When their mother, Marie Andres, died in 1915, Gramma and her brothers and sisters joined ‘the parade.’ Eventually, some families died out, moved away, or were too removed in time from their family buried in the cemetery that the church took over full care for the cemetery.”

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  • Tucker, Barbara.jpg TUCKER: Oh, the joys of Sound Off Never thought the words "Thank goodness for Sound Off" would ever be printed here.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

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

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • confer, bob.jpg CONFER: A Con-Con would be a con game

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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.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    July 18, 2014

  • 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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