Tonawanda News

Opinion

September 4, 2013

LETTER: Hats off to carrousel museum rides

Tonawanda News — Congratulations on another milestone in your decades of hard work and persistence in insuring that today’s generation and future ones will always remember North Tonawanda’s carrousel manufacturing history!

The “merry-go-rounds” at field days and Crystal Beach, and later at Glen Park, Fantasy Island and other amusement parks my family and I visited in years past were always my favorite rides. The imagination could take me off the horse into whatever fantasy I wanted to be in while riding the carrousel horse. I never could understand why anyone wanted to sit in the seats instead of mounting a steed.

Thank you to Rae and Chuck Proefrock for their dedication to preserving that marvelous part of our city’s industrial heritage. I am perhaps the only one in the city besides your board members and volunteers who have been with you from the beginning who can totally appreciate all that you have done — and all that it took to get to today!

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and its more than 7,000 members, supporters and volunteers of the North Tonawanda History Museum, sincere thanks for all that you have done and continue to do to preserve the history of our community. Our exhibit on the Sweeney locations where part of your carrousel history took place in our Erie Canal Exhibit Hall refers our visitors to you for the entire wonderful story of what I will always refer to as “merry-go-rounds.”

Donna Neal,

Executive Director

North Tonawanda History Museum

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • WALLACE: Be part of the solution I recently attended the Town of Tonawanda's Comprehensive Plan update meeting on Tuesday at the Brounshidle VFW Post in Kenmore. I went as a newspaper reporter but also as a resident of the Village of Kenmore and Town of Tonawanda.

    April 24, 2014

  • CONFER:

    April 23, 2014

  • GUEST VIEW: What young people aren't learning in college The results are distressing to say the least. A recent survey found that only 17 percent of college graduates â€" graduates! â€" knew the effect of the Emancipation Proclamation, just 42 percent knew the Battle of the Bulge was fought during World War II, and not even two in five could identify term limits for their senators and representatives.

    April 23, 2014

  • DuVall, Eric mug.jpg DUVALL: In defense of the Common Core

    They've become the two dirtiest words in education, but the Common Core is very much worth defending.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • tucker, barb.jpg TUCKER: Bits and pieces from out and about Ever since it was restored and opened, the Hotel @ Lafayette in downtown Buffalo has fascinated me. Last Monday, the Preservation Buffalo Niagara offered a tour of the hotel led by developer Rocco Termini.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • mug - adamczyk.jpg ADAMCZYK: Kenmore is a village made of bricks Buffalo and surrounding environs have brick buildings galore, often in the process of repurpose. Whole neighborhoods made of brick await development, redevelopment, gentrification, whatever wand will be waved at them to make them function again. Structures here tend not to be razed; they fall down occasionally but typically simply stand and wait.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • leffler, scott.jpg LEFFLER: Justice is blind -- and deaf and dumb I've always been intrigued by the concept of justice. I say concept because it really seems more theoretical to me than practical. One man's justice is another man's nightmare.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • confer, bob.jpg CONFER: Don't go soft on teenage criminals

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • DuVall, Eric mug.jpg For Sabres, more suffering is on tap

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • tucker, barb.jpg TUCKER: Taking down trees 'disheartening' Several readers have questioned the City of Tonawanda's tree removal program. An email to Jenna Koch, who represents the third ward and checks into any query on the city, explained the program.


    April 12, 2014 1 Photo