Tonawanda News


November 18, 2012

Everybody wants my yarn


Tonawanda News — •••

Not since Spudnuts has there been so much interest in the yarn in my closet. If you have yarn you want to donate, here’s a shortened list:

• First up was Betty Wactawski who said a group at DeGraff Memorial Hospital knits squares for lap robes for extended care residents and Hospice. Yarn may be dropped off at the hospital’s gift shop.

• Audrey Gardner from the VFW in Tonawanda said Nancy Ball knits chemo hats and hats for the homeless and veterans. Drop off yarn at the VFW on Elgin Street or call 693-9755 for pick up.

• St. Christopher’s Church in the Town of Tonawanda has a “Warm Hands Ministry” and is always looking for yarn. Call 692-5682.

• Crestwood Independent Living in Wheatfield has a knitting/crocheting group, Crafting for a Cause, which meets every Sunday at 1 p.m. and makes squares that become lap robes for patients at Roswell, larger squares that become twin bed size blankets designated for teenagers at Community Missions, baby hats and scarves that go overseas. None of the ladies in the group is younger than 70. Call 216-4295 for information or to drop off yarn, needles, etc.

Sandi Klug reported that Marlene Arcara, who you may know from Walker Bros. Jewelry, has a group of ladies who knit and crochet hats, scarves, slippers, lap robes for various charities. She can use any size balls of leftover yarn to keep her friends busy and all for worthwhile charities. Marlene would be grateful for any left over yarn.

• St. Francis of Assisi and St. Andrew’s churches have knitting ministries that make prayer shawls and other items.

So dig out that unused yarn and find it a new home.


Lastly, a final note of tribute to Bill Wittkowsky. A superb photographer, former mayor and a wonderful historian of the Twin Cities, he became a favorite when he’d bring his Flashback column in to the newsroom, sit for a spell and be such a curmudgeon but with a hearty laugh. We agreed that each of us was always right, so why do people even argue? He once looked up the word curmudgeon and gave the following example: “Only a curmudgeon would object to the nursing home’s holiday decorations.” He was a great leader, full of wit and charm. Condolences to his family.

Contact community editor Barbara Tucker at 693-1000, ext. 4110 or email

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