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August 17, 2013

TUCKER: Towns grow old with us

Tonawanda News — Getting Old

Ken-Ton is an aging community, Dan Wiles, director of the Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels, explained at a recent meeting of the Erie-Niagara Sunrise Exchange Club. Dan headed the Town’s Youth, Parks and Recreation Department for 13 years, then after finding retirement “boring,” had a call asking him to head the Meals on Wheels. He said when he started his new job, he tried out every job just to know what his 200 volunteers do. He had some new ideas, one of which is “Adopt-a-Day” for $99 for businesses that want to help and also get their name out in the community. One of the points he made is how “old” this area is. Kenmore, the Town and City of Tonawanda are pretty much filled out.

“Young couples don’t want to buy homes with small lots, so they go further out, buy large properties, then later come back for the lower taxes and good services.”

It’s tough even for cities and towns to grow old.

Dumber

Rod Rowland emailed that he disagreed with last week’s column saying that students are not dumber than in the past.

Ron wrote: “I believe that technology is dumbing us down. For instance, as a substitute, I have walked into a high school math class and have seen kids ask for a calculator to literally multiply 4 by 3. Those are the better students. The lesser student sees a sub and simply shuts down. On another occasion, I got annoyed at a student who had to go get a calculator to divide 108 by 2. This student was a special ed student and I wound up getting taken to task, called down to the principal for that. On another occasion, perhaps the best student in the class, stayed after to finish up a test, and I noticed (she wrote) 4 squared equals 16. Many people do not have phone numbers committed to memory anymore, they just have them stored in their cell phones.”

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