Tonawanda News

December 8, 2012

Christmas projects galore

The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — Lots of Christmas news this week, so if you’re looking for controversy, you’ll have to wait or read a different columnist.

First a report on yarn.

Karen Armenia, whose home is one of the “drop off” spots for donated yarn, emailed to let me know that a lady from Sharon Drive in Tonawanda called that she had some yarn.

“She had two huge bags of beautiful yarn,” Karen reported. “I was like a kid in a candy shop!”

Later, talking to Karen, she said Susan Gregg dropped off a box of yarn at her home. Karen, along with some friends, knits squares for lap robes, hats, mittens, scarves and other items with several groups. The hand-knit goods are then given to many places near and far that can use them.

A woman, who didn’t leave her name, dropped off a bag of yarn at the News which is now at DeGraff Memorial Hospital for the knitters there.

Then it was Girl Scouts in action: Jeni Lasky Gribbon, from my old Girl Scout troop, dropped off a huge bag and a slightly smaller bag of yarn at the News. What surprised me was that she not only has children, but six beautiful grandchildren. Guess from now on, I’ll just say we were in Girl Scouts together.

Don Unkrich, my favorite Kenmore firefighter, called to say his wife had a box and bag of yarn she wants taken away. So Don found out the places they could go — and he played Santa delivering the yarn.


On a slightly different, but still holiday theme, Louanne Strauss emailed that Squire’s Tap Room on Niagara Street in Tonawanda is having its annual food drive for the Christmas holiday.

“If you can squeeze this information into your column on Saturday, we would really appreciate it,” she wrote. “We got great response last year, and as you know, every donation helps, no matter how big or small.”

Squire’s is collecting non-perishable food items for Christmas distribution in the Tonawandas. The drive runs until Dec 20. Anyone bringing in a donation on Tuesday or on Dec. 18 will receive a free soft beverage.

So get over to Squire’s — noted for its outstanding fish fry dinners — and help out.


Let’s not forget John White and his Rockin’ with Santa extravaganza on Dec. 15 at the Twin City Elks Lodge, 55 Main St., Tonawanda.

Jovial John is still looking for lots more donations of toys for all the kids he and his mighty committee plan to help. Among other places to drop off toys are our own Tonawanda News (bring yarn as well), fire headquarters on William Street and the Chamber of Commerce.

And on Tuesday, watch Channel 7’s weather forecast at 5 p.m. as Santa (looking a lot like John) and his merry elves will tell everyone about this great community event.


Have you noticed how beautifully the homes in the Twin Cities are decorated for Christmas? Seems residents want to think about something pleasurable after the recent elections and have gone all out with decorations.

With that in mind, applications are still being sought for the third annual Winter-Holiday House Decorating Contest in Tonawanda. The deadline for the contest, sponsored by the Tonawanda Visual and Performing Arts Board, has been extended to Monday. Surely your house fits in one of these categories: Mayor’s award, best use of Christmas characters, non-traditional and board choice.

Contest forms are available at Tonawanda City Hall, the city library, United Way, Tonawanda Senior Citizens Center, as well as on the city’s website, Applications may also be emailed with your name, address and phone number to or dropped off at city hall.

Lighting will be judged on Thursday evening.


Roberta Cagney emailed to ask if anyone had an idea who would want or could use old Barbie and Bratz dolls and their clothes.

“They seen too good to discard,” she emailed. “My grandchildren have outgrown them. I would love to donate them to someone who could use them. I donated the puzzles and games to the NT Boys and Girls Club.”

If you have an answer to Roberta’s inquiry, you can email me at and I’ll pass the word on to Roberta.

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