Tonawanda News


November 22, 2012

The best things in life ... aren't things


Tonawanda News — When you talk to him, White continually lauds all the people who make Rockin’ With Santa a reality. But it wouldn’t happen if someone wasn’t there to organize it and keep it going.

• Then there’s Carole Barnard and the folks at the Tonawanda Historical Society, who donate their time and effort to making sure the history of the Tonawandas is kept alive. (And Donna Zellner Neal and the folks at the North Tonawanda History Museum, as well.)

I talked to Barnard recently about the Long Homestead (which opens 1 to 4 p.m. this Sunday for its holiday hours) and you can just hear the passion for the home and its story in her voice. We should all be so passionate about something.

• Nancy Swiston isn’t in it for recognition, either. Everything she does, she does in honor of her mom, Grace, who fought Alzheimer’s disease for a decade.

Swiston lobbies for Alzheimer’s awareness, runs a support group and organizes a local fundraiser to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association of Western New York. Most recently, she’s started a campaign to have local bakeries ice some of their products purple as a a way to highlight November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. 

She doesn’t get anything for this ... just the knowledge that, somehow, somewhere, someone else’s battle might be a little easier because of it.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, be thankful for your neighbors, for the men and woman all around us who are trying to do what they can to make this life just a little bit better for everyone. 

They’re not doing it for thanks. But they deserve it nonetheless.

Happy Thanksgiving.


Speaking of which ... Nancy Swiston reports that more bakeries have joined her purple-icing for Alzheimer’s disease campaign, joining Budwey’s stores and Carriage Trade Pastries in putting purple goodies on their shelves to raise awareness of the disease. 

Text Only
  • 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

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: King George's abdication leaves many questions I've covered Niagara County politics for 10 years and it's been a fascinating -- and often infuriating -- experience. With the news the man known with equal parts respect and cynicism as "King George" is walking away it's about to get more interesting.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo