Tonawanda News

May 31, 2014

TUCKER: Partially fixed roads give hope to drivers

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The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — Fixing streets seems to be the sure sign of progress across the area.

In our little corner of the world, the Town of Tonawanda Highway Department is doing its best to make over Delaware Road and our end of Zimmerman Boulevard.

Early on the day the work started, one of the department’s workers came to the door asking if the car parked out in front of the house was ours. It wasn’t and the fellow went door to door to find out who owned the car and asked that it be moved. 

These guys were friendly and affable not seeming to be annoyed by the car which was blocking the project. The owner was found and the car moved.

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In the City of Tonawanda, the hope is that the tree stump chipper is soon brought back (it’s been out of commission) as the leftover tree trunks are regrowing branches. If the leftover trunks were cut down and the stumps removed, the reminder of what happened would soon be forgotten. Mayor Rick Davis promises a quick solution to the problem. I’m impressed by his quick return of phone calls and his ability to know what’s happening in the city. It’s nice to know that the attitude of commitment and loyalty to the city continues from one mayor to the next.

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John Crainer, whose phone calls and emails are always a delight, told me that there are a lot of Christian motorcyclists around. This comment came after I mentioned that the church on Grove Street in Tonawanda had a large number of motorcycles in the parking lot, with the bikers at a special service.

“We’re not all ‘hippie’ types,” John laughed. “A lot of us just enjoy riding and getting together after work or on a weekend.”

Sounds a lot like the Senior Moment Motorcycle Club.

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Listening to a conversation while in line at a local store, two women were talking about retiring. One had already retired and was encouraging the other to do the same.

“What would I do if I retired?”

“Do something you always wanted to do but didn’t have time to do.”

The second woman replied: “I’ve done everything in my life I always wanted to do. So I guess I’ll just work until I fall over.”

Have you ever heard anyone say they’ve done everything they’d always wanted to do?

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Don’t forget to go fly a kite today at Gratwick-Riverside Park in North Tonawanda. The Vietnam Veterans Chapter 77 will host the event which is fun for the whole family. Although I’ll be at a New York Forest Owners Association woods walk early in the day, I’ll have my kite in the car to enjoy the fun in the afternoon.

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A group of parents at the St. Francis of Assisi School soccer game last week were talking about a plan they’d like to give Bishop Malone. (By the way, the soccer team, magnificently coached by Sheila Neumeister, has won every game so far.) 

They suggested that the bishop say: “Because of the great outpouring of love and devotion to St. Francis of Assisi School, I’ve taken another look at the school’s closing. Because I am new to the area, I didn’t realize that residents are land-locked along with those in North Tonawanda seeking a Catholic education for their children, as the two cities do not bus children out of the districts. The decision seems to have been made without a full disclosure of the facts. I would like the school to continue to grow and serve as Pope Francis would like.”

How nice that would be. There is a bit of food for thought in the comment the bishop made at the recent rally in support of a tax credit bill (which, by the way, was not included in the state budget).

The bishop said: “We feel as if Gov. Cuomo is kicking Catholic school children to the curb.”

To paraphrase, parents at St. Francis School feel as if the bishop is kicking their children to the curb.

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Condolences go out to the family of Bob Moreland, who died recently and served the Kenmore Volunteer Fire Department for 59 years. He accomplished so much in the community including through the American Legion and as coordinator for Camp Good Days and Charlie’s Kids. Age did not deter his love of baseball and he influenced so many Little League players, teaching them to play fairly and have fun. He’ll be missed.

As a kid, it seemed everyone in the neighborhood knew twins Bill and Peter Meagher, (but we all pronounced the last name, Mahar.) It wasn’t until years later that we learned the right spelling. Bill died this past week, having spread his humor and light-heartedness with all. He helped at the Boy’s Club for many years and was a basketball referee at the Eldredge Cub. Condolences to his family.

Contact Community News Editor Barbara Tucker at barbara.tucker@tonawanda-news.com or 693-1000 ext. 4110.