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July 13, 2013

TUCKER: Mini-reunion tops Canal Fest

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Canal Fest is here and sometimes, brings out the best.

For instance, here’s what our Tonawandas are all about - helping each other. A press release from Grove Street Christian Church, 85 Grove St., Tonawanda, said its parking lot will be available for the public on July 16 for the Canal Fest Parade.

The church is on the parade route, so it’s necessary to arrive by 5 p.m., before the street is closed, the email stated. The release went on to say the parking lot is in easy walking distance to Salem United Church of Christ (at Grove and Morgan streets) which is offering a supper of roast beef sandwiches and chowder before the 6 p.m. start of the parade.

Love it when Christians are really Christians.

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What a surprise greeted me Friday morning when Phyllis Forton and her daughters Ellen and Ann stopped by. Phyllis and I are cousins, grew up together and shared lots of fun and memories. She and Ann were in town from Florida visiting Ellen and decided to stop by for a visit. Our laughter filled the room as we reconnected after so many years neither of us could actually remember. We recalled Aunt Jo, our great aunt, and of course grandpa, her brother-in-law, our fun-loving and sometimes a little wacky aunts and uncles as well as all our children, grandchildren and myriads of cousins who live mostly in North Tonawanda. It was a mini-reunion of sorts and hopefully will be repeated in the fall when her sister Eileen, known in the family as Tiny, is considering a visit from Arizona.

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Twin City Community Outreach sent a thank you note for mentioning the need for a college art student to paint the building.

In his email, Greg Lureman, president of TCCO, said they were able to connect with Taylor Glass, a North Tonawanda High School graduate now studying art at NCCC.

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