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June 8, 2013

TUCKER: A lunch not easily forgotten

Tonawanda News — Yesterday, two friends and I had lunch at a recently-opened restaurant, the name of which will not be revealed. When my friend ordered a club sandwich, she asked for the choice of bread.

“We only have white,” came the reply — so white it was.

I ordered hot tea and the waitress said it would be a few minutes as she had to put the pot on to boil. A bit later she came an apologized because they didn’t have tea bags.

At the end of lunch, as always, I asked what kind of desserts were available.

“We don’t have dessert,” the waitress smiled. “But I’ll get your check.”

Actually, the responses sent us into fits of laughter.

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“It’s back where it belongs,” a joyful Barbara Jacobi called to say.

The “it” she was referring to is the beautiful carrousel now up on the pole on Oliver Street not too far from Ward Road. Barbara and a number of her friends spearheaded the drive to find the horse, missing for five or so years, and have it placed on the pole.

“There are so many people to thank for getting the horse back,” she said. “This is a community where everyone helps everyone. This was a journey that took a friend of a friend of a friend to complete.”

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Next Saturday, the T-NT firefighters will show off at the annual Firemen’s Parade. They’ll line up at North Tonawanda City Hall, then take Payne Avenue to Goundry to Webster then over the bridge to Tonawanda where it will end. Tom Pandleton, who, sadly, hasn’t been around as often as he used to be, brought over the information, adding that there will be a post-parade party for the firefighters, the bands and their families at Gratwick Hose. Tom said tickets are available at all fire companies. Many of my uncles were volunteers and they’d say the best part of marching was, in those years, going down Oliver Street and enjoying a brew from the bars along the street — with the bartender bringing them beer. I often wondered how they made it back to the firehalls.

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