Tonawanda News


May 30, 2014

ADAMCZYK: Pretending it's still winter


Tonawanda News — It is easy to injure oneself while playing this game. One gentleman playing for the New York Rangers this playoff season, Mr. Derek Stepan, is doing it with a broken jaw, sustained in a prior game. American mothers concerned about possible concussions to their football-playing sons should consult Canadian mothers to see how their boys survive childhood.

And if I had it to do over again I’d become a dentist in Canada.

One of the shining lights of the current hockey population is Mr. Patrick Kane, who plays for Chicago and grew up in South Buffalo. See, we can indeed grow ‘em here. No need to live in Alberta, Kladno or Petrozavodsk to succeed in this sport.

It is appropriate, when attending a game, to dress as though you’re prepared to play. A helmet, or padding on the joints, is not necessary, but wearing the home team’s jersey, called a sweater regardless of its fabric, is the way to go, and somehow girls look better than guys in these things. They are expensive, incidentally, and typically come, for extra expenditure, with a favorite player’s name and number on the back, and that has its drawbacks. Anyone want to buy a Matt Barnaby Sabres sweater?

Games begin after the national anthem, either Canada’s or the United States’ or sometimes both, are performed, by singers who treat the appearance as a regular gig. The singer in Boston adds celebratory martial arts chops to the end of his; Montreal’s is a mezzo-soprano, Ginette Reno, who brings a passionate, Piaf-like quality to the Canadian anthem, sung in French. Someone is singing something in Chicago, but the audience there cheers through the entire anthem, a leftover of patriotic frenzy from the Gulf War (it was 1991 and an all-star game, and the crowd chose to roar as the anthem was performed, not merely after it).

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    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