Tonawanda News

November 23, 2013

TUCKER: Ready for the turkey?

The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — Turkey Day

Can you believe it’s Thanksgiving time already? With all the songs, TV, radio and newspaper advertisements for Christmas, which have been blasting since before Halloween, it seems that next week should be Christmas. Actually, as we all know, the true meaning of Christmas has been lost to the eternal “bottom line,” money. How far we’ve come in this country.


Ron Peters, otherwise know as our “Corn Belt correspondent,” sent an email about the Mohican Market on Young Street (lost to Urban Renewal.)

Ron wrote: “I worked in the Mohican Market shortly before the chain folded in 1956. I can honestly say that I worked at one of the last of the Mohicans. I was in the meat department. My job frequently was to load up a tray of sauerkraut from the big barrel in the basement cooler and bring it up to the meat case for display. I was told to make it ‘look nice.’ I never figured out how one pretties- up a tray of raw sauerkraut. In the fall, my dad made sauerkraut slicing up numerous cabbage heads into a big crock in our cellar. A larger stone was placed on a wooden stopper forcing the juice out of the raw cabbage. The juice with an ample amount of added salt would become a pickling brine that produced kraut in about 10 days. We’d supply the neighbors with the stuff.

“Glad to see the Meadow Drive connector from Erie to Nash is finally pushing through. Growing up on Nash Road, my buddies and I played a lot in that semi-swampy land. We thought it never developed because it was so low lying and wet a few months a year. It only grew scrub trees and an occasional mush rat. Never dreamed that someday it would be classified as a wetland, and would take on some significance.”


Last Wednesday evening, the Town of Tonawanda presented a program on home energy, featuring a talk by Kate Howard, program manager for Push Green, which makes it easier for homeowners and businesses to take part in the NYSERDA programs.

Although the crowd was sparse, the information was terrific. The Town has a series of such environmental talks during the year, each with knowledgeable speakers and easy to understand hand-outs. One handout presented numerous tips on saving energy and lowering your utility bills. For more information, go online at

Finding John

A few weeks ago, a picture of John Sullivan was published in this column and the person who found the photo lying in the street wondered if anyone knew John.

Betty Falk called to say she was sure it was the John Sullivan who was a bus driver for Wooley Bus Lines (not sure of spelling) who was “a nice guy.” That’s all she recalled and has no idea where he is now.

Thanks, Betty for helping us out.

Help needed

Major Nkounkou, officer in charge of the Salvation Army on Broad Street in Tonawanda, called to talk about the dinner the Army serves on Thanksgiving Day.

“Last year, we served more than 120 people,” he said, “and probably more this year.”

He also said that he’s never seen such a stream of people coming every day for food.

‘“Our (food pantry) shelves empty quickly. Some of the people who come are refugees who have nothing and are happy to have a little,” he explained.

Any help you can give this wonderful group would be more than welcome. 


Condolences to the families of Betty Saltarelli and “Sandi” Taylor, both of whom died this past week.

Betty has been a friend for more years than I can count, with our children attending school together, working with the Home School Association together and enjoying memorable parties at her home. She was a person with a ready laugh, an ability to see the good in all things and fearless of trying a new venture. A couple of years ago, she took it upon herself to plant perennials along the fence by the parking lot at St. Francis Church. What a testimonial! Her five children have also contributed so much to our communities, a tribute in itself to their mom. She was a caring, loving, devoted woman, committed to her church, her children and her community.

Although I met Sandi only twice, each time she struck me as a kind, loving, happy, caring person who bore the burden of a debilitating disease with immense patience. An executive secretary, she later worked as a government contracts administrator at her husband’s firm, Taylor Devices. She and her husband, Doug, were married 42 years. It is a tribute to her that she carried on cheerfully and continued to be a loving wife, mother and grandmother in spite of her medical condition.

Contact community editor Barbara Tucker at 693-1000, ext. 4110, or