Tonawanda News


June 20, 2014

ADAMCZYK: These are places you'll remember

Tonawanda News — Well, summer’s nearly here, and you know what that means! Newspapers, including this one, are bloated with articles recommending where to go, what to see and do, an avalanche of ideas for wallet-exploding adventures and fun the whole family! You need more suggestions, right?

I refer you to a modest list of that sort of thing, herewith, and be aware, each is a Ken-Ton attraction that will not take all day or the entire savings account, but feature the kind of things you’ll long warmly remember.

Let’s start with the Children’s Concerts, on the lawn of Kenmore Middle School, five consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning July 12 at 6 P.M. This remarkable, free, kid-oriented series, produced by the all-volunteer Kenmore Village Improvement Society, brings in local bands, explains to them their evening’s music patrons will be kids who want to hop around and dance to music, then turns everyone loose until it’s bedtime. Fresh air, families on lawn chairs and blankets, everyone digging the tunes in a manner bespeaking peace, love and understanding. No fighting, and note the parents comparing the strollers they brought to the rides in which the other kids arrive.

Donut enthusiasts know Krispy Kreme was a novelty act, but Paula’s Donuts, in a Sheridan Drive strip mall, is forever. Big, fat, magnificent, overstuffed donuts, reminiscent, for those old enough to reminisce, of Freddie’s Doughnuts, a Buffalo institution until 1989 that offered donuts the size of softballs and more filling than the law likely allowed (any more and it would have been regarded a jelly sandwich). A Paula’s donut makes everyone else’s look like half a donut.

The woodwork in Kenmore’s Church of the Advent is handmade and plentiful, ornate and complex, and all designed and executed by a parishioner and Kenmore resident, Arthur Werner. If this church was in Italy or Britain it would be a tourist attraction, and visitors, especially woodworkers, would line up to be overwhelmed by vine work, frames and other carvings throughout the nave of the church. Those not practicing the art form will want to sign up for classes; those who are will be awed, then close their toolboxes forever.

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  • 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

  • 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.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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