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July 20, 2013

TUCKER: Chairs give visitors fun ride

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On Tuesday, on the way home from the News, as I was stopped at the signal at the bottom of the bridge at Niagara Street, a car pulled up next to me and asked for directions to Niagara Falls Boulevard. We pulled into the parking lot and he said he wanted to go to Anderson's for ice cream, He'd not been back to Tonawanda for many years and he had his mother and father-in-law with him and wanted them to enjoy his special childhood ice cream treat. When I suggested the Sheridan Drive location, one that he then recalled, he was ready to go. I told him to follow me to Delaware and Sheridan. My route home is along Grove Street, which that day was set up with hundreds of chairs for the evening's Canal Fest parade. The chair lineup is such a tradition on parade day, it just seemed like a more fun route. They all agreed and as we rode up Grove, it was easy to see in my rear view mirror them laughing and pointing out some chairs. They all gave a hearty wave as they went down Sheridan Drive. Wonder if they ever came back for the parade.

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The bird bath in my backyard attracts sparrows, robins, a blue jay and two starlings. In this past week's heat, I filled it three times a day, early in the morning, at noon and at dinner time. First come the starlings - always two at a time. They sit on the edge of the birdbath, then each one takes a bath. After they leave, the blue jay screams his way to the bird bath and jumps right in, splashing his heart out. Takes him about five minutes of jumping in and out before he's done. Then a robin or two show up, sometimes just to drink and other times to splash around. Finally, the poor little sparrows have their chance. By that time, there's hardly any water left, so they luckily, get fresh water. Great entertainers, for sure.

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