Tonawanda News


December 29, 2012

Winter tales of joy and woe


Tonawanda News — Thanks for the correction, Peter, the answer ends up 784 miles — got that right, anyway.


A reader of this column called to say she has hundreds of hard cover books that she would like to give to an organization or facility that could use them. Some of the authors she noted are James Patterson, Nora Roberts and “a lot of Danielle Steele.” If you know of a place that would use the books, call me at the News, 693-1000, ext. 4110, or email me at


Louis Pane died this past week. He was a person who enjoyed life and shared his humor and hard work ethic with everyone. As owner of Pane Heating and Cooling, he ran a company dedicated to doing excellent work and giving tremendous service at an honest price. His wife, Caroline, ran the cafeteria at St. Francis School for many years and taught my kids how to eat good food. (I can honestly say I never packed a lunch for them.) Whenever they come over for a spaghetti dinner, the comment is, “No offense, mom. But the best spaghetti sauce was the one Mrs. Pane made.” But back to Louie. He gave his all to the community through a 50-year membership in the K of C, 65 years at Live Hose Fire Company and as a member of the Renaissance Club. He served for five years in the Coast Guard during WWII and members of the American Legion Post 264 gave a wonderful memorial service at his wake. But above all this, he was a person of integrity, full of fun and love for his community and family. Condolences to all.

Contact community editor

Barbara Tucker at 693-1000,

ext. 4110, or email

Contact community editor Barbara Tucker at 693-1000, ext. 4110 or email

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  • 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

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: King George's abdication leaves many questions I've covered Niagara County politics for 10 years and it's been a fascinating -- and often infuriating -- experience. With the news the man known with equal parts respect and cynicism as "King George" is walking away it's about to get more interesting.

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  • Canal Fest, here we come This column should be titled "Roads and Streets." First of all, Meadow Drive is finally open. Although it took very long to be completed, it's beautiful. Riding by the other day brought into focus how many people will use this to cut across town. One less thing for residents to complain about.

    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

  • WALLACE: Playing politics as usual The immigration crisis is just the most recent example of how dysfunctional Washington, D.C. is right now.

    July 10, 2014

  • duvall, eric.jpg A stunning scandal in Mississippi-voting|DUVALL: A stunning scandal in Mississippi We don't tend to talk a whole lot about Mississippi on this paper's editorial page and for good reason. It's a long way away in both distance and temperament. But I swear this will be worth it.

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  • confer, bob.jpg CONFER: Employers don't need 24/7 access to workers

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  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: Taste of Buffalo sneaks up again This time next week you can find me tromping somewhere up and down Delaware Avenue in Buffalo. I'll be there with tens of thousands of my closest friends.

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