Tonawanda News — For Michele Miano, of North Tonawanda, Monday night was her first time for “the crawl” as she walked down Webster Street with a plastic, yellow mug in hand on her way to Crazy Jakes with a group of friends. It was to be her third stop of the evening.
”It’s calmed down and it’s beautiful outside,” she said. “I’m new to this, but it’s great.”
The City of Tonawanda’s Eric Wells, 27, had a late start for the Merchant Scavenger Hunt that incorporates 14 businesses on both sides of the Erie Canal. And after tiring of house parties and the City of Buffalo’s downtown version of New Year’s Eve, he felt he’d try something a little different.
”I figured if I was going to stay in the house I might as well come down and stay in Tonawanda,” Wells said.
Don Gubbins, who said he’s owned Frank’s Liquors for decades on Webster Street, noted that last year’s New Years Eve pulled the biggest crowd yet, partly because of exceptional weather. But now in its fifth year, while he had concerns over the impact of the chilly night, business-wise his store continued to bustle.
And Deborah Darling, who co-chairs the ball drop, indicated that worries over the weather began to subside with the wind, as she finalized some of the last remaining details.
”Everything’s in place,” she said. “We’re ready to go.”Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.