Tonawanda News — •••
A special thanks to Gwen and Bill Benzino who donated 125 skeins of yarn for our “yarners,” who by the way, knit and crochet all summer “on our front porches,” Karen Armenia, chuckled. The yarn Bill dropped off was distributed within an hour among three groups who were so excited to receive the yarn.
Driving by the Tonawanda, Salem Church and St. Francis of Assisi Church cemeteries, all on Main Street in Tonawanda with all the grass nicely cut and trimmed, even around the headstones, this thought occurred: Who cut and trimmed all the grass before there were ride-on mowers and gas operated trimmers? What a job that must have been.
Kudos to the Town of Tonawanda Highway Department and the wonderful job they did repaving Delaware Road. The crews took time to readjust the drains and sewer connections so the blacktop rolled on perfectly. As the road was finished, another crew striped the road — all done within a day. When I told one of the workers what great work was done, he replied, “It’s just a job.” As far as I’m concerned, a job well done.
Have you noted the rankings published by Business First for area elementary public and private schools? Has Sister Carol Cimino, superintendent of school in the Diocese of Buffalo, or her cohort, Carol Kostyniak, secretary of education, or even the bishop looked at the rankings?
I found it mind-boggling that St. Leo’s School in Amherst ranked 31 out of 276 and it’s being forced to close this year. St. Christopher ranked 61st and St. Francis of Assisi and St. Amelia are virtually tied at 105 and 106. Farther down the list are St. Andrew’s and even farther, 156th, is St. John the Baptist.
For middle schools, St. John’s came in 55th out of 205, St. Francis, 58th and St. Andrew’s 103.