Tonawanda News

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March 29, 2014

TUCKER: Old friends bring pleasant memories

Tonawanda News — First, a thanks to the two women, who did not give their names, for the three full bags of yarn they dropped off at the News. One bag had skeins of yarn never used, but I can assure them — and you — that it is already being put to use. This donation went to the VFW auxiliary in the City of Tonawanda who asked if a “Shout Out for Yarn” could be put in the paper.

So, a tip for you: If you have any yarn you will not be using, drop it off at the News. So far, four places have called asking for yarn for projects including lap robes for children and adults in hospitals or undergoing chemo, some for hats and scarves that are sent overseas where they are needed and a host of other things that are knitted or crocheted then shared with those in need.

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Don’t you enjoy running into someone from the recent past and catching up on his or her life? That said, Mark Campas stopped by the house last week. Mark, who graduated from high school with our oldest son, later joined his dad at Culligan Water. Mark and I served on a couple of boards together, rang bells for the Salvation Army and now he has started his own business, WaterMARK.

“I’ve been in the water business for 30 years and thought, ‘what the heck, it’s what I know best’ and so I started the business,” Mark enthused.

Guess we need lunch to catch up on our lives. Good luck, Mark.

A day after that, picking up programs for the Quality Student affair at North Delaware Printing in Tonawanda, Mike Brown, founder and owner of the business, was reminiscing about that spot. We talked about Canton Market which was there for many years. We lived just two blocks away on Ilion Street and Canton Market was our store of choice. The kids could ride there on their bikes or we walked on a nice day to get whatever we needed. The building has housed a couple of other businesses before Mike took over 25 years ago with his awesome printing company and is joined by his brother and now his son.

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