Tonawanda News

Columns

December 15, 2012

Tonawandas: Full of givers

(Continued)

Tonawanda News — •••

Do you like Christmas programs? They are one of my favorites and when announcements come to the News about schools that are presenting Christmas concerts or plays, they get noted on my calendar. This year, only a few came in, but the one at Cardinal O’Hara High School seemed outstanding: a spaghetti dinner, followed by the annual Franciscan Greccio and then a Christmas concert by the school’s chorus and bands and then more refreshments in the student dining hall. Who could resist?

What an evening it was. Members of the freshman class traditionally put on the Greccio presentation in the school’s courtyard, a reenactment of the first Nativity scene on Christmas night in 1223 created by St. Francis in Greccio, Italy. O’Hara’s costumed performers, music and narration brought the scene alive.

Perhaps the highlight of the evening was the performances of the school’s jazz ensemble, concert band and wind ensemble, directed by Scott Bean, instrumental director. The choral selections by the chorus and song corps, led by Scott Paeplow, choral director, were amazing.

O’Hara is not a large school and to see so many students taking part is a tribute to the school’s leadership and its fine arts program. At the end of the evening, Mary Holzerland, principal and a graduate of O’Hara, noted that 60 percent of the school’s enrollment participate in the fine arts program.

“This is an amazing number for any high school,” she commented.

•••

Recently, an email talked about a new historical commentary book, “America…A Nation That’s Lost Its Way.” The email was coincidental as just last weekend my son made a pre-Christmas visit from Baltimore and the discussion turned to the affairs of the country.

“You know,” he said, “from earliest times, nations have risen to great heights and then disintegrated. It seems to me that the United States has peaked and is now on its way down. People don’t want to sacrifice, more and more are content to let the government run their lives. I read in the Washington (D.C.) paper that in 1950 only two percent of the population were on permanent disability. Now it’s nearly nine percent. I wonder what the country will be like when my kids have families.”

Text Only
Columns
  • wallace, amy.jpg WALLACE: Too much information? Is there such a thing as TMI or too much information anymore? Some might say yes.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On reading and the lack thereof It was surprising to me a few weeks ago when a friend asked a group of us to estimate how many books we have each read over the last five years. The English teacher said 200 and he far and away led the pack. I was probably the median and my number was 20-25.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • confer, bob.jpg CONFER: A Con-Con would be a con game

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: Conflict in Ukraine now a concern of global proportions It seems increasingly clear Ukrainian separatists, with the help from the Russian military, are responsible for the tragedy. They, of course, have denied it. They've also denied access to the crash site to international investigators seeking to recover the dead and determine what happened. That's not something the innocent party does.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADAMCZYK: Personal development, rendered in steel Accepting the premise that everyone needs to fill the same amount of time every day (24 hours, every day), some people use theirs rebuilding things, tangible things, and thus fulfill a few intangible goals.

    July 18, 2014

  • WALLACE: Festival season is underway Summer is the season of fairs and festivals. From Canal Fest in the Tonawandas to the Allentown Art Festival and Italian Heritage Festival in Buffalo to the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, the Western New York area has no shortage of things to do with the family over the summer.

    July 17, 2014

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: King George's abdication leaves many questions I've covered Niagara County politics for 10 years and it's been a fascinating -- and often infuriating -- experience. With the news the man known with equal parts respect and cynicism as "King George" is walking away it's about to get more interesting.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Canal Fest, here we come This column should be titled "Roads and Streets." First of all, Meadow Drive is finally open. Although it took very long to be completed, it's beautiful. Riding by the other day brought into focus how many people will use this to cut across town. One less thing for residents to complain about.

    July 12, 2014

  • ADAMCZYK: Homesick for someplace I've never been You stumble over things that make you wonder. I do, at least, and the latest is one of those advertising artifacts from yesteryear that encourage me to ponder what's changed and what never will.

    July 11, 2014

  • WALLACE: Playing politics as usual The immigration crisis is just the most recent example of how dysfunctional Washington, D.C. is right now.

    July 10, 2014