Tonawanda News


February 15, 2014

TUCKER: Diocese offers odd suggestion


Tonawanda News — When the word came out about St. Joe’s closing, he said a dozen men from the parish and Holy Name, formed a grass roots committee, met regularly, gathered signatures, composed a letter and sent it to the bishop by registered mail detailing why the parish should be kept open even though the pastor told them they were wasting their time.

Two weeks after the letter was sent, they found out it was still at the post office as the bishop’s secretary had not picked it up. So they went to the post office, retrieved the petition and hand-delivered it to the bishop’s residence but only got as far as the secretary who sent them home.

‘“I’m still upset over the way it was handled,” Mr. Zayatz wrote. “I wish Father Mike (I know his hands are tied) God speed.”

Sad note

One of the favorite visitors to the News editorial room, Cort Whitcomb, died this past week. He’d stop in to bring notices of activities at Live Hose for the paper. His jovial personality, great nicknames for both Jill Keppeler and me along with a stash of peanut butter cups endeared him. He was proud of his family, down to the youngest great-grandchild and entertained us with humorous stories. He was a humble person who never bragged about his many accomplishments and activities in the community. He just loved life and took it as it came. Condolences to his family.

Contact Community News Editor Barbara Tucker at or 693-1000 ext. 4110.

Contact Community News Editor Barbara Tucker at or 693-1000 ext. 4110.

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