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August 24, 2013

TUCKER: Carrousel dream comes true

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Tonawanda News — 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.

Traffic

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.

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