Tonawanda News — She finally made her way from Brighton to Colvin and then Zimmerman. The mess will be over soon and the workers are on the scene at 7 a.m. and work until 3 p.m. or so, working hard. Of course, after the water line and fire hydrant project is complete, there will be repaving. However, it’s all for a good cause and happy ending, whenever that is.
Last weekend at a woodswalk for the New York Forest Owners Association at Bob Glidden’s home and woodlot in Barker, Pat Marren, senior forester for the DEC whose area is Niagara, Orleans and Genesee counties, gave a wonderful talk on various programs that he oversees. He noted that he is supposed to spend time on urban forestry, a task that’s difficult as cities either are not aware of his expertise and free services or they have their own “experts.” When asked if he was consulted by North Tonawanda when the project on Webster Street (tearing out trees and flower boxes) was considered, he said he was not. He wondered what kind of trees will be planted. Michael Regan, our NT reporter had asked the same question and found out a decision had not yet been made on the kind of tree. Seems to me, if it’s not too late, Pat Marren would be the one to get in on the discussion.
Joe Pasek, one of the organizers, along with other members of the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 77 in Tonawanda, of last Saturday’s Town Meeting on Agent Orange, called to say the meeting was a great success.
“We had about 130 veterans who came to find out how they can get benefits, what progress is being made to make politicians aware of this tragedy.”
Joe said the national leaders were on hand and that they travel from Florida to North Dakota to spread the word.