Tonawanda News

February 28, 2013

A little winter whine

The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — I’m sitting here at my desk Wednesday, looking out the window. It’s freezing in the office, as usual, and outside, it’s snowing.

Not just a little snow in the air. Big, wet, white flakes, the kind that it’s a pain to clean off the car even while they make it slushy and treacherous underfoot. I’m watching this, and I’m already freezing, and it’s not doing my mood any good.

I’m ready for spring.

I know that’s a silly statement for late February in Western New York. Spring — real spring, not the technical start of the season — is probably at least a month away, and winter has a good chance of giving us one last gesture with a bit of ice and snow sometime after Easter. Still. Whether or not I’m going to get my request, I’m ready for this to be done.

I’m ready for sandals. I’m ready for walks in Niawanda Park (though my 4-year-old is lobbying for one last sledding run). I’m ready for playgrounds and Mississippi Mudd’s and festivals that celebrate just about everything and outdoor concert schedules.

I’m sick of winter coats — and trying to stuff the boys into them just to get out the door. I’m sick of heating bills. And I’m really, really tired of the mess and the grayness.

I know, I know — it’s been a mild winter. And a wise man told me once never to wish your life away. But that first day when I can walk out the door without a heavy coat on, soak in the sunshine and roll down the car windows — even a little — will be a fine one.

And I know I’m not alone in that thought, mild winter or not.


As much as I’m whining about winter these days, I’ve learned one thing from keeping the Tonawanda News’ Today & Tomorrow file for the past year or so. There’s pretty much always something going on around here, even in the coldest days of the season. 

Some days are lighter than others, of course. (Thursdays often have this issue, for some reason.) But even today we have the farmer’s market (one of the oldest around) and the Renaissance Club’s all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner. (Another thing I’m noticed: An awful lot of the events feature food.)

Get into the weekends, and sometimes the list runs for a while. Art exhibits opening. Concerts. Dinners and meat raffles and children’s programs. Theater programs and theme tray auctions. School musical season is starting: There’s something running almost every weekend through March. It’s enough to keep almost anyone busy.

But I want more. And I know it’s out there. I want every public event that someone in the Tonawandas could conceivably be interested in to be listed in this file — and you can help.

If you have a meeting, an event, a concert, whatever, in the Tonawandas or Kenmore that you’d like to be included in Today & Tomorrow, let me know at or by calling 693-1000, ext. 4313. A few listings are included each day on page 1A of the Tonawanda News, but the full daily list runs on our website and is linked every morning on Facebook and Twitter.

The more notice, the merrier. 

Jill Keppeler is a writer for the Tonawanda News. She can be reached at