Out of the Past
The highly publicized round of anti-abortion protests scheduled for Buffalo this spring was kicked off with a counter-demonstration outside a Town of Tonawanda church last Friday evening. Town of Tonawanda police were called to the New Covenant Tabernacle on McConkey Avenue in the town Friday as pro-choice protesters gathered to meet the pro-life supporters outside the church. They were there to call attention to their position in the wake of the appearance of Randall Terry, head of the Binghamton-based “Operation Rescue” pro-life organization. Terry spoke to a large crowd at the New Covenant Tabernacle Friday evening. The pastor of the church, the Rev. Paul Schenk, is a leading pro-life advocate in the Western New York area and one of the leaders of the demonstrations, labeled the “Spring of Life” by the pro-life faction. Tonawanda Assistant Chief of Police Sam Palmiere, who was part of the police presence Friday, said roughly 120 pro-choice demonstrators were outside the church to shout down the anti-abortion supporters entering the church to hear Terry.
“Here she is, Miss Kenmore Days ...” While that may not evoke memories of Bert Parks, the Kenmore Merchants Association is looking to attract some young ladies for its first Miss Kenmore Days Pageant. There will be three separate categories for the contest between the ages of 6 and 19 who reside or attend a school in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda District.