Tonawanda News — The highlight of the evening was the board’s surprise dedication and renaming of the Children’s Room at the library as the “Peggy A. Waite Children’s Room” in honor of her service and love of children. Paul Sikora, board chairman, did a fine job as emcee and presenter. Hardly a dry eye in the house — including Peggy.
Kick the Can
No one except Allene Hurst Teague, who is visiting from Florida, and Judith in North Tonawanda gave any indication that they every played Kick the Can as a youngster.
“That was a fun game,” Allene recalled. “Someone kicked the can and while the person who was ‘it’ was retrieving it, everyone else ran and hid. If not all the kids were found and it was time for another game, someone would shout ‘olly olly home free’ and those still hiding would come back.”
Judith and her friends played on Keil Street in a slightly different version.
She explained that “We’d get a can, not Campbell Soup can because it was too small, but a large vegetable can (we looked for a can that had peas), kick it and then play like baseball. The kicker would run to a base before the person with the can tagged them. We had to be careful with the can because it had jagged edges — no electric can openers. The game was the highlight of the day.”
Red Light Green Light was a simple fun game with one person being “it.” When we played, that person faced all the kids lined up a little way off. When green light was called, everyone would run to be the first to tag “it” but everyone had to stop when he or she called red light. Anyone who didn’t stop would be out. The person tagging “it” first was in charge for the next game.