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2014-09-10 / Editorial

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NAOMI SPENCER
Ken-Ton Editor

A FEW YEARS LATER — A few years ago I was working a shift in the babysitting room at the Aquatic and Fitness Center, and the editor of The Ken-Ton Bee, at that time Darlene Donohue, walked into the fitness director’s office across the hall to do an interview.

As I sat there playing blocks with toddlers, I imagined what it would be like to be an actual journalist and, even better, to work for a paper covering my hometown. Friday I interviewed the fitness and aquatic directors at the Aquatic Center, and as I walked past the babysitting room, thought about the fact that I became what I hoped I would.

UPCOMING TRAINING — Lisa McPartland, a former editor here at Bee Group Newspapers, recently emailed me a press release about some upcoming training.

Training will be offered in emergency preparedness from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays starting Oct. 22 at the Town of Tonawanda Timothy Goff Public Safety Training Center, located on Fire Tower Road off Two Mile Creek Road.

The CERT training, which stands for Community Emergency Response Team, includes academic and hands-on instruction, followed by a natural disaster simulation exercise. Topics include the following: disaster preparedness, fire safety, light search and rescue, among others. Participants must be at least 18 years of age, or 16 with parent approval, and attend all sessions.

To register, send a name, phone number and email address to rlutz@tonawan da.ny.us.

HOLLYWOOD CAME CALLING — Recreation Director Jeff Ehlers received an unusual phone call recently.

Circus Dog Productions — a company in Hollywood — called him about filming part of an episode of “House Hunters,” a reality television show, at the Brighton golf driving range. It’s scheduled to be filmed at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

“It’s a young couple in the area, and they want to show the services they have in the town,” he told the Town Board at a recent meeting. Town Board members joked about him receiving a call from Hollywood.

“I think I’ll keep my day job,” Ehlers quipped.

WHAT’S IN A NAME? — I find names and their meanings really interesting. The Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society will be delving into the topic of names and their origin. The organization will be kicking off its autumn schedule of free events with a presentation titled “What’s in a Name?” Historian Graham Millar will explain place names of Kenmore, Tonawanda and the United States, and how they originated, at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the museum located at 100 Knoche Road in the Town of Tonawanda.

NICE NEW ROAD — As a resident of the Town of Tonawanda, I’ve been immensely enjoying the recently repaved surface of Brighton Road. I use that strip of Brighton on a daily basis. It’s amazing how something as simple as driving on a silky smooth road can improve one’s day. Kudos to the town for taking on this project, and to the Highway Department especially for doing such a fantastic job. I hope other residents in the area are also enjoying this improvement as much as I am.

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