Tonawanda News


May 31, 2014

TUCKER: Partially fixed roads give hope to drivers

Tonawanda News — Fixing streets seems to be the sure sign of progress across the area.

In our little corner of the world, the Town of Tonawanda Highway Department is doing its best to make over Delaware Road and our end of Zimmerman Boulevard.

Early on the day the work started, one of the department’s workers came to the door asking if the car parked out in front of the house was ours. It wasn’t and the fellow went door to door to find out who owned the car and asked that it be moved. 

These guys were friendly and affable not seeming to be annoyed by the car which was blocking the project. The owner was found and the car moved.


In the City of Tonawanda, the hope is that the tree stump chipper is soon brought back (it’s been out of commission) as the leftover tree trunks are regrowing branches. If the leftover trunks were cut down and the stumps removed, the reminder of what happened would soon be forgotten. Mayor Rick Davis promises a quick solution to the problem. I’m impressed by his quick return of phone calls and his ability to know what’s happening in the city. It’s nice to know that the attitude of commitment and loyalty to the city continues from one mayor to the next.


John Crainer, whose phone calls and emails are always a delight, told me that there are a lot of Christian motorcyclists around. This comment came after I mentioned that the church on Grove Street in Tonawanda had a large number of motorcycles in the parking lot, with the bikers at a special service.

“We’re not all ‘hippie’ types,” John laughed. “A lot of us just enjoy riding and getting together after work or on a weekend.”

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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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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