Tonawanda News

August 24, 2013

TUCKER: Carrousel dream comes true

The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — Recipes

Bob Derner, found the “Wurlitzer Centennial Cook Book 1856 to 1956” while cleaning out his house while preparing to move.. Also was a “Book of Recipes Coverning Three Generations of the Farny and Wurlitzer Family and the Wives of Present Business Associates,” covering the years from 1791 to 1956, complete with the story of the Farny and Wurlitzer families.

Bob sent over copies of a few pages of recipes, one a two-page recipe that one wonders how long it took the cook to prepare it.

The preface of the Centennial book notes that Leonie Wurlitzer and her sister, Marguerite Strobel, mother and aunt of “present board chairman Farny Wurlitzer,” gathered the choicest of dishes of their own and their husbands’ families and compiled them in a cookbook published in 1925.

“There was one recipe I asked my wife to make,” Bob wrote. “It’s Calf’s Head Jelly. I can’t repeat where she told me to go.”

Roof Fund

Greg Lureman from the Twin Cities Community Outreach emailed that he was approached by two people who wanted to host fundraisers to benefit TCCO’s Roof Fund. Even with the generous help of the East Hill Foundation for the front roof, the anticipated costs on the larger section of the roof range between $160,000-$175,000 So far the TCCO has raised about 10 percent.

Nancy Smith at St. Martin’s Church told Greg it will donate the proceeds from its Chaivetta’s chicken dinner on Sept. 22 to TCCO’s Roof Fund. Also, long-time NT resident, Bob Liebeck will celebrate his 60th birthday by hosting a fundraiser for the roof fund on Sept. 11 at Crazy Jakes. Bob will buy all donors a bottle of beer.

“It’s the first time TCCO has ever done anything like this and it sounds like a lot fun for a good cause,” Greg wrote.

Day of Caring

If you weren’t a part of the United Way of the Tonawandas annual event, you missed a good time and a chance to help others. We were at a group home in North Tonawanda faced with a load of topsoil, a broken wheelbarrow and shovels. (Newer wheelbarrows were dropped off, one with double wheels.) Thanks to Bill Miles, board member of the United Way who stopped by the Jo Ann Mierzwa, executive director, the work went quickly. Bill picked up a hefty coal shovel and dug in. With eight of us shoveling and hauling, we were done in seemingly no time. Diane Krause, one of the volunteers who was doing some hauling, noted that “It’s sure easier to wheel this thing when it’s empty.”

Kids rides

A kick-off party to introduce the new kiddie rides at the Carrousel Museum was a huge success. The rides, all refurbished, polished, painted and ready to use, thanks to thousands, of volunteer hours, stood shining in the sun. Volunteers, representatives of companies whose donations made this three-year dream come true, politicians and other made up the crowd. Rae Proefrock, the genius behind the museum, even served hot dogs cooked by the chef from the Marriott. But not just hot dogs. These were the Carrousel’s rendition of Page’s Whistle Pig, cheese stuffed hot dogs wrapped in bacon and deep fried. Everyone enjoyed reminiscing over that. If you go to the grand opening Labor Day weekend, be sure to notice the Fairy Garden donated by Menne’s Nursery. Amazing! Kudos to all who made this possible.


Thursday, on my way to work, I stopped at the Farmer’s Market to get some peaches. I picked Thursday because last Saturday it took almost 25 minutes to find a parking place, the market was so crowded. Guess what? Took almost 10 minutes to find a spot on Thursday. Never had an idea that the market is so busy during the week. But a couple people I spoke with also said they decided to come mid-week to avoid the Saturday crush and they, too were surprised by the number of people.

Speaking of traffic, cars were parked along Sweeney and Oliver streets and in every parking lot or space near Remington Tavern Thursday evening. The event was a well attended fundraiser for North Tonawanda Mayor Ortt. 

It’s great to see so many people attending events in the Tonawandas, from the concerts and the new Pavilion both in Niawanda Park, to the Riviera Theatre, the Carrousel Museum, the many restaurants .... it’s a positive outlook for two aging cities that have rejuvenated themselves.


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