Tonawanda News


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.


“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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  • 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

  • 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