Tonawanda News


April 5, 2014

TUCKER: Yarn yields clicking needles

Tonawanda News — Congratulations to Eric DuVall, the News managing editor, who won “Best of CNHI” editorial contest for 2013. (CNHI is the parent company for the News.) Eric was named Columnist of the Year and we’re very proud of him.

More than 620 entries competed for newspaper, website and magazine of the year honors as well as public service journalism and six individual categories in two daily divisions and one non-daily division.

The judges selected the best based on the quality of reporting, writing, enterprise, initiative, editorials, photography, graphics, design, and print and digital presentation.

Some of you do not always agree with Eric’s editorial views, but that’s what makes his writing award-winning. He makes readers think, agree or disagree. In my editorial writing class in college, that was the number one premise: Make people think but be correct with your facts. And Eric does that. He’s a student of history and government and his conclusions are based on facts, not assumptions.

On top of that, he’s a true Sabres fan.


Ever wonder what actually happens to the yarn that some of you have so generously dropped off at the News? When I dropped off the three bags and a box of yarn to Karen Armenia for her “Yarners,” she gave me the following statistics.

So far, the women have made and donated 175 hats, 135 scarves, 25 pairs of baby booties, 14 pairs of mittens, 15 baby blankets, 20 lap robes, 25 shawls and 30 pairs of slippers.

Remarkable! Karen said they had just about run out of yarn when your donations were delivered. So keep it coming. You can drop off yarn at the News and we’ll take if from here.


Potholes are the bane of everyone’s existence it seems. But what seems even worse is the number of trees, mostly large, that are being taken down throughout the Twin Cities and Ken-Ton. Probably wouldn’t have bothered me too much before becoming a member of the New York Forest Owners Association, better known as NYFOA.

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  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On lines blurred, crossed and nonexistent It strikes me more and more how blurry the lines have gotten in all facets of our world, large and small.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tucker, Barbara.jpg TUCKER: Oh, the joys of Sound Off Never thought the words "Thank goodness for Sound Off" would ever be printed here.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • adamczyk, ed.jpg ADAMCZYK: And now for something completely different... Last weekend I attended a local movie theater (a plushy, posh experience; they design these places now to get you out of your living room and away from your home electronics) to watch the sun set on the British Empire.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • OUR VIEW: Arson suspect never deserved bail Two of the 11 fires reported on Fifth Avenue could have been prevented with some jurisprudence in evaluating whether the suspect, Michelle Johnston, deserved to be offered bail. Given the obvious nature of a repeat offender who was charged with nine felony arson counts, bail never should have been offered in this case.

    July 25, 2014

  • wallace, amy.jpg WALLACE: Too much information? Is there such a thing as TMI or too much information anymore? Some might say yes.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On reading and the lack thereof It was surprising to me a few weeks ago when a friend asked a group of us to estimate how many books we have each read over the last five years. The English teacher said 200 and he far and away led the pack. I was probably the median and my number was 20-25.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • confer, bob.jpg CONFER: A Con-Con would be a con game

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: Conflict in Ukraine now a concern of global proportions It seems increasingly clear Ukrainian separatists, with the help from the Russian military, are responsible for the tragedy. They, of course, have denied it. They've also denied access to the crash site to international investigators seeking to recover the dead and determine what happened. That's not something the innocent party does.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADAMCZYK: Personal development, rendered in steel Accepting the premise that everyone needs to fill the same amount of time every day (24 hours, every day), some people use theirs rebuilding things, tangible things, and thus fulfill a few intangible goals.

    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