Tonawanda News


April 20, 2013

Memories top week's inquiries


Tonawanda News — “In fact, Oliver Street heading south past Archie’s was filled with storefront businesses including many bars, corner stores, bowling alleys, and other businesses. Many people born in the ‘40s and ‘50s lived above, behind or alongside some type of storefront business.”

Thanks, Dennis for this stroll through Gratwick. I had an uncle who lived with his family in Grawick not far from Ward Road and although we lived on Bennett Street, it seemed we drove into the country to visit the family. Thoughts of the Kardex bus and Carpenter bus line also come to mind.

If any of you would like to add to Dennis’ memories, send or email your reminiscenses. See what you recall. For myself, I never knew there Allen or Porter streets existed.


A couple of weeks ago, a reader called to say she and some friends are retired and bored. Here’s this list of volunteer opportunities as of yesterday, and thanks to all who called or emailed seeking volunteer help.

• Niagara Hospice seeks volunteers to share their dedication, compassion and talents with those in Hospice care. Call Allison Nemi or Andrea Haseley at 280-0748 or visit the website at

• The North Tonawanda History Museum is seeking volunteers for a number of positions. Opportunities exist at all times from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. except Sundays. For more information, call the museum at 213-0554. Applications may be downloaded from the History Museum website or may be obtained at the museum, 54 Webster St.

• “We are STILL in need of more volunteers at NT Meals on Wheels,” Joy Welch, director, said in an email. Delivery volunteers for North Tonawanda and the City of Tonawanda are needed from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays. Call Joy mornings at 693-1663.

• Schofield Residence and Schofield Home Health Care Services seeks volunteers to visit nursing facility residents, lead activities, accompany residents to doctors’ appointments, assist with outings, transport residents in wheelchairs to meals/therapy/activities and religious services, deliver mail and clerical support. Weekdays or weekends. For more information, call Mary Lou Tarquini de la Plante, assistant director of volunteer services at 874-1566, ext. 324 or email

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    August 1, 2014

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On lines blurred, crossed and nonexistent It strikes me more and more how blurry the lines have gotten in all facets of our world, large and small.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tucker, Barbara.jpg TUCKER: Oh, the joys of Sound Off Never thought the words "Thank goodness for Sound Off" would ever be printed here.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • adamczyk, ed.jpg ADAMCZYK: And now for something completely different... Last weekend I attended a local movie theater (a plushy, posh experience; they design these places now to get you out of your living room and away from your home electronics) to watch the sun set on the British Empire.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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