Tonawanda News

April 13, 2013

Tales of the T-NT EXPO

The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — First of all, thanks to all who stopped by the News booth at the T-NT EXPO last weekend. So many of you, although angered by the plan to have no paper on Mondays and Tuesdays, also understood the reason. However, everyone agreed that if it had to be two days, let them not be back to back. The majority voiced the opinion that Tuesday and Thursday would be good days. My favorite person to stop by was a gentleman who was more than angered — he was livid. After sounding off in no uncertain terms about the paper, its faults (in his mind) and threats to never pick up a News again, he said, in parting, “Can I have a copy of today’s paper?” He received the paper and went on his way still mumbling.

Takes all kinds.

Just to let you know, all comments, the petition many of you signed and your suggestions have be forwarded to the right people — and yes, I kept a copy of everything.

One visitor asked if I remembered Loeswick’s hot dog stand on Delaware Street in Tonawanda. I said that not only did I remember it, but as it was at the corner of our street, we often walked up to enjoy the wonderful food and ice cream they served. Did I remember their sign, she asked. 

No, afraid not.

“In the spring, you’d see this sign,” she said. “Spring is sprung, the grass is riz. This is where the good food is.”


Donna Neal executive director of the North Tonawanda History Museum, sent an email about the story on St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, now Shalom Baptist Church in North Tonawanda.

“Your readers might be interested to know that (the museum) has the altar and many of the items from St. Paul’s in the North Tonawanda History Museum,” Donna wrote.  “The altar had to be taken apart for moving and we will soon be completing putting it back together and announcing to our members, supporters, and volunteers that the St. Paul’s exhibit is complete. We are grateful to the congregation that was St. Paul’s and to the new owners of the church building, Shalom Baptist Church, for insuring that these items were not lost forever. The history of St. Paul’s will live on in the History Museum.”

Thanks, Donna


Paul Gerlach, best known for his Meals on Wheels work, sent the following for those who haven’t seen it printed.

Congressional Reform Act of 2013, proposed by Warren Buffet:

1. No tenure and no pension. A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office.

2. Congress (past, present and future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3 percent.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 12/31/13. The American people did not make this contract with them, they made these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

This, the article concludes, is how to fix Congress.


Having a hard time feeling sorry for the federal workers who have to take furlough days. We here at the News and at our sister papers, as well as many other workers in other companies have had these days for a long time — and chances are very good that the federal workers make a lot more a week than we regular folks.


A note to all NTHS classes of 1939-’46: Please attend the luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pane’s Restaurant. We’ve had a little mixup the past couple months with the article going into the paper — so just in case you don’t see it Tuesday, the meeting is on!


Rich Finiki, the king of one-liners, stopped by the News with a story about the Elks grand opening at its new location on Main Street in Tonawanda tonight. He left us laughing with what my grandkids call “groaners.” Always fun to see him.

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