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July 5, 2014

TUCKER: A stroll through Garden Walk

Tonawanda News — If you were a Cub Scout or maybe a den leader, you may remember “bug juice.” If you’d like to go back to those great times, be sure to be at Gratwick-Riverside Park on River Road in North Tonawanda next Sunday afternoon.

It’s the fourth annual North Tonawanda Scouting Air Show — so take the kids to see a helicopter landing, remote control airplanes, kites, games, lots of food and of course, “bug juice.”

So much fun in the Tonawandas especially as that day opens Canal Fest.

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“This area’s obsessed with signals,” eldest son commented last weekend on a visit from Baltimore. 

“We have six and eight lanes of traffic, two and four lane streets that go in, out and around towns, only a few, if any, signals, except at major intersections. Even in Annapolis which has visitors crowding streets every day, you are hard put to find a signal.”

Every morning Bill was visiting, he’d take my car to Tim Horton’s less than 1/4 mile away to get us each a coffee.

“I was stopped at a total of four signals going and coming. It’s ludicrous! Doesn’t anyone care about emissions, time wasted, and a bunch of other issues? Are the cities stuck in the 50s and ‘we’ve always done it that way’ mentality?”

Our niece’s husband, who is an overland driver, brought his load to Buffalo last weekend and came to our grandson’s graduation. He started laughing when hearing the discussion on the signals.

“You have no idea the conversations that go on with us (drivers) when we have to try to get around this area. If you think signals here are over the top, you’re right. Even where we live (near Philadelphia) you don’t see this many. We wondered if they’re made here,” he laughed.

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