Tonawanda News


March 3, 2014

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Tonawanda News —

"I'm so impressed with the Smart Boards and the state-of-the-art equipment." Tom is a high school teacher who said his school doesn't even have what St. Francis has.

John Long, also a graduate, said he'd like to tell the diocese "to take a hike" with regard to Catholic Charities. "Closing the school goes beyond dumb by 20 percent. They'd kill off this part of the diocese. The only thing they understand is money."

Theresa Roma, on the other hand,is taking a pro-active step in this mess.

"I just read your article regarding being fed up with the diocese and couldn't agree more. I've created an event: to celebrate the careers of the 195 faculty/staff affected (by closing 10 schools.) I shouldn't be too surprised that the diocese is not supporting the event. I am a product of Catholic schools from PreK through 12th-grade. I am looking to give back to the unsung heros — the faculty and staff. My intentions are to host this event annually to help sustain Catholic schools in WNY. I am determined to make this night a success ... with or without the diocese's support."

The best quote of the day came from Claudia Brown, whose children attend St. Francis, and who wrote a great letter to the editor published on Friday.

"St. Francis is a small school with the heart of a lion."


Janet McKenna, who many of you remember as general services librarian at the North Tonawanda Library emailed that a former colleague at the library told her of Helen Wilson's recent death.

"Helen was the high school librarian for decades," Janet wrote. "As a young woman she worked as a 'page' at the public library during World War II. Pages are the people who reshelve returned books and keep them in order on the shelves, fetch items for patrons, etc. When I compiled reminiscences for the NTPL centennial in 1993, Helen wrote a wonderful recollection of working at the Goundry Street library under Helen Van Voorhees Bentley. Not much money but very congenial. I first met Mrs. Wilson when I joined the NTPL staff, and we crossed paths for the next 42 years. She was a true professional."

Another death, that of Dorothy Knight, brought back some fond memories. For years, she lived at the same apartment house as my son. She was always cheerful and enthusiastic, enjoyed antiquing and estate sales (she found several things I had been looking for) as well as a wonderful baker and gardener. Condolences to her family.

Contact Community News Editor Barbara Tucker at or 693-1000 ext. 4110.

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