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November 2, 2013

TUCKER: Election season almost over, remember to get out and vote.

Tonawanda News — Fence up

Last Friday, just as Classic Fence promised, our backyard fence was installed. The work crew were a friendly bunch who worked to get the 63-foot fence, along with a gate, up and looking beautiful. It was a wait, but worth it. Even the owner stopped by a few days later to inspect the work and to be sure everything was satisfactory. Bravo! 

Street down

The Town of Tonawanda is completing a project to replace antiquated water lines along Delaware Road and the intersecting streets. The job site is a mess with deep ruts, dust, huge machinery and piles of stone, old roadway and pipes lining the street. This past week, the crew worked in front of our house, digging a seven-foot hole to get at the old pipes and replace them. The enormous track front loader was, where else, parked on my front lawn. When I mentioned to one of the workers that it will be a good thing to have the work completed, he laughed and said: “Not over yet. The Town’s hired us to replace water lines on the side streets, so we’ll be back next year.”


Do you know what a ramikin is? In case you’ve never heard of it, it’s a small glazed ceramic or glass serving bowl for a number of food dishes. A new recipe I found said to bake it in a ramikin. Not having any, I went to two stores and the clerks never heard of ramikin (of course, they were only in their 20s or early 30s.) However, a visit to JC Penney was very pleasant and successful. Both clerks in the housewares department knew what I was talking about, and one of them, Stephanie, went online to see what they had, then searched shelf after shelf to find them, which she did. Kudos to her for being so pleasant and accommodating.

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    July 18, 2014

  • WALLACE: Festival season is underway Summer is the season of fairs and festivals. From Canal Fest in the Tonawandas to the Allentown Art Festival and Italian Heritage Festival in Buffalo to the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, the Western New York area has no shortage of things to do with the family over the summer.

    July 17, 2014

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    July 12, 2014

  • ADAMCZYK: Homesick for someplace I've never been You stumble over things that make you wonder. I do, at least, and the latest is one of those advertising artifacts from yesteryear that encourage me to ponder what's changed and what never will.

    July 11, 2014

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    July 10, 2014

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