Tonawanda News


June 14, 2014

TUCKER: Give a cheer for yogurt


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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. 

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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