Tonawanda News


August 3, 2013

Farmers' Market: Love it or leave it


Tonawanda News — Know someone?

Put on your thinking caps — it’s Women of Distinction time. These are women who are often not recognized for the good they do, but really should be honored, which is where the News’ program comes in. She can be a teacher, coach, business owner, volunteer at a church or another organization or perhaps heads up a project or program that benefits our communities. If you have someone in mind, look on page 8A of today’s edition of the News, fill out the form and send it in. Thanks for helping!

Photo Anyone?

A reader asked if anyone has a photo from the late 1960s of the old train tower at the Wheatfield Street crossing before River Road.

“The tower would pump the gates up and down. And when we were kids, they’d let us help,” he said.

If you have any photos or information, email me at the News and we’ll pass the information along.

She mentioned fundraisers coming up in November — more on that later.

Sad Day

“Bud” Hopkins, our former neighbor and every bit a fun guy, died this past week. His wife, Dona, died in April, also a sad day. These two livened up our end of Ilion Street. They raised three terrific daughters, all with as much light-heartedness as their parents. A deacon and elder at First Presbyterian Church, Bud was also active at the Masonic Lodge and Carpenter’s Union and it seemed, could build anything. Although this is a sad time for the whole family, I couldn’t help but think that Bud and Dona are making heaven a lively place and once again, taking care of each other. Condolences to the family.

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

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    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tucker, Barbara.jpg TUCKER: Oh, the joys of Sound Off Never thought the words "Thank goodness for Sound Off" would ever be printed here.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • adamczyk, ed.jpg ADAMCZYK: And now for something completely different... Last weekend I attended a local movie theater (a plushy, posh experience; they design these places now to get you out of your living room and away from your home electronics) to watch the sun set on the British Empire.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • OUR VIEW: Arson suspect never deserved bail Two of the 11 fires reported on Fifth Avenue could have been prevented with some jurisprudence in evaluating whether the suspect, Michelle Johnston, deserved to be offered bail. Given the obvious nature of a repeat offender who was charged with nine felony arson counts, bail never should have been offered in this case.

    July 25, 2014

  • wallace, amy.jpg WALLACE: Too much information? Is there such a thing as TMI or too much information anymore? Some might say yes.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On reading and the lack thereof It was surprising to me a few weeks ago when a friend asked a group of us to estimate how many books we have each read over the last five years. The English teacher said 200 and he far and away led the pack. I was probably the median and my number was 20-25.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • confer, bob.jpg CONFER: A Con-Con would be a con game

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: Conflict in Ukraine now a concern of global proportions It seems increasingly clear Ukrainian separatists, with the help from the Russian military, are responsible for the tragedy. They, of course, have denied it. They've also denied access to the crash site to international investigators seeking to recover the dead and determine what happened. That's not something the innocent party does.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADAMCZYK: Personal development, rendered in steel Accepting the premise that everyone needs to fill the same amount of time every day (24 hours, every day), some people use theirs rebuilding things, tangible things, and thus fulfill a few intangible goals.

    July 18, 2014

  • WALLACE: Festival season is underway Summer is the season of fairs and festivals. From Canal Fest in the Tonawandas to the Allentown Art Festival and Italian Heritage Festival in Buffalo to the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, the Western New York area has no shortage of things to do with the family over the summer.

    July 17, 2014