Tonawanda News — “It’s very nice, and we’re doing very well,” said Pam Hill, volunteer of Twin Cities Community Outreach, or TCCO, the umbrella group that houses a food pantry, a clothes closet and the local Meals on Wheels. “We’ve met people who want to volunteer, and who want to donate.”
For many attendees, this is a family outing. The booth of Reimer Heating and Air Conditioning offers a “spin the wheel” contest, as does that of the Buffalo Athletic Club. There are giveaways galore of pamphlets, brochures and marketing items offered by the exhibitors. Every visitor has a plastic bag full of mementos and information.
The event is also a snapshot of what goes on in Tonawanda and North Tonawanda. The historical society’s photos of the past mesh nicely with the present-day infrastructure, the cities’ concrete services, mortgage providers and hair care salons.
The T-NT Expo is an interesting place to be, an entertaining and informative look at what residents of the Tonawandas want and need, under one roof on one weekend. Essentially a business convocation aimed at the shopper for urban services, it is also a reminder of how deep this area is in that evocative phrase “quality of life.”