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November 22, 2012

The best things in life ... aren't things

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Tonawanda News — When you talk to him, White continually lauds all the people who make Rockin’ With Santa a reality. But it wouldn’t happen if someone wasn’t there to organize it and keep it going.

• Then there’s Carole Barnard and the folks at the Tonawanda Historical Society, who donate their time and effort to making sure the history of the Tonawandas is kept alive. (And Donna Zellner Neal and the folks at the North Tonawanda History Museum, as well.)

I talked to Barnard recently about the Long Homestead (which opens 1 to 4 p.m. this Sunday for its holiday hours) and you can just hear the passion for the home and its story in her voice. We should all be so passionate about something.

• Nancy Swiston isn’t in it for recognition, either. Everything she does, she does in honor of her mom, Grace, who fought Alzheimer’s disease for a decade.

Swiston lobbies for Alzheimer’s awareness, runs a support group and organizes a local fundraiser to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association of Western New York. Most recently, she’s started a campaign to have local bakeries ice some of their products purple as a a way to highlight November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. 

She doesn’t get anything for this ... just the knowledge that, somehow, somewhere, someone else’s battle might be a little easier because of it.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, be thankful for your neighbors, for the men and woman all around us who are trying to do what they can to make this life just a little bit better for everyone. 

They’re not doing it for thanks. But they deserve it nonetheless.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Speaking of which ... Nancy Swiston reports that more bakeries have joined her purple-icing for Alzheimer’s disease campaign, joining Budwey’s stores and Carriage Trade Pastries in putting purple goodies on their shelves to raise awareness of the disease. 

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