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July 12, 2014

Canal Fest, here we come

Tonawanda News — This colcolumn should be titled “Roads and Streets.”

First of all, Meadow Drive is finally open. Although it took very long to be completed, it’s beautiful. Riding by the other day brought into focus how many people will use this to cut across town. One less thing for residents to complain about.

But complain they did about other issues. First of course, all the streets in both cities that need repaving. Both highway departments are trying to meet the challenge, but you have to admit it’s overwhelming.

One reader called to ask why Tonawanda didn’t pave all of Grove Street.

“The new paving, now that it’s done, brings into focus how bad Grove is from before and after the new section. But I’m glad to see the work finally finished and no more cones in the road.”

Another caller wanted to know why the sidewalks that were torn up on Delaware Street, have the base finished with stone, but no concrete poured.

“I saw a woman pushing a baby in a stroller walking in the street because of not having a sidewalk,” she added. “Talk about risky.”

Moving a bit south to the Town of Tonawanda, avoid Knoche Road at the cemetery in front of the large home where the retired bishop lives. The rest of the road is fine but this spot needs help. Maybe the bishop could work a miracle.

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Canal Fest:

 “There are two new events this year,” one of the reporters mused out loud the other morning as she was feverishly working on a deadline story about the Fest.

“Are you sure?” I asked in amazement.

“Yes. A display of antique fire trucks on Thursday and Explore Buffalo’s tour in NT Friday to Sunday starting at the Carnegie Art Center.”

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