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October 6, 2012

TUCKER: Good news in Tonawanda

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Bob also noted some other ladies on the list.

“Susan Gregg (former board of education member in Tonawanda and current colleague,) Rebecca Hooper Yeoh (who, I believe is the same person that went to Riverview School at one time), Kelly Stich who is active within the Tonawanda School District with athletics and Monica Salterelli, who grew up across the street from me. Her dad was an acclaimed educator and her mother, a leader at St. Francis Church in Tonawanda.

“Ladies, I applaud you, your efforts in society and am happy and proud to say that I know you. The common denominator, City of Tonawanda!”

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E.M. wrote in to say she agreed that cats should be licensed.

“I even went to the mayor’s office and asked how to go about getting a law passed that all cat owners have to get a cat license,” she wrote. “I have a cat that only goes out on her leash. We have neighbors that let their cat roam, and of course it goes in our yard. We did take a roaming cat to the SPCA back in July and was told they wouldn’t accept it. We were to find a shelter that had room. Something has to be done.”

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We’ve all heard about the problems experienced by honey bee owners. At a talk last Wednesday, Geri Hens from Lockport, owner of Hens Honey Bee Farm which is the only state producer of USDA raw organic New York native wildflower and tree varietal honey, spoke about honey bees and other pollen collecting insects and how endangered they are becoming.

Among the suggestions she had to help out the bees in our own yards, were first, eliminate lawn care products with chemicals that may kill weeds, but do the same for insects. She suggested using compost and manure rather than products, again filled will chemicals, that not only kill weeds and feed the flowers, but when washed into the ground, kill worms and other good things in the earth. Her talk was so interesting, yet scary to know what we ourselves are doing to our environment.

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