Weekly Feature



2017-12-06 / Editorial

Out of the Past


AND THEY BROUGHT A CAMERA — The Kenmore Volunteer Fire Department puts out its first blaze in 1903, at a still-standing home on LaSalle Avenue. Fire Chief Frank Stillwell in the white coat is pictured at center. 
From the collection of the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society AND THEY BROUGHT A CAMERA — The Kenmore Volunteer Fire Department puts out its first blaze in 1903, at a still-standing home on LaSalle Avenue. Fire Chief Frank Stillwell in the white coat is pictured at center. From the collection of the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society 25 Years Ago Dec. 9, 1992

There was a circus-like atmosphere as more than 130 people gathered on the sidewalk and street surrounding the Village of Kenmore’s kiosk in front of the old Washington School building, last Tuesday evening. The gathering was to see, once and for all, what all the hubub was about with the village’s display. After all, it had splashed across newspapers, television and radio reports. When it was unveiled, the reaction was, for the most part, positive. Only a handful of people said anything remotely negative, including Karen Welch, regional director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. She agreed that the display complies with a 1984 U.S. Supreme Court decision on public displays of religious symbols. “That doesn’t mean I like it,” Welch said. “I thought it looked like something from a rummage sale.”

The General Motors Saginaw division forge in the Town of Tonawanda, which employs nearly 700 people, will be put up for sale by the parent company, it was announced last week. The move sent shock waves through the community and led to speculation on the future of the automaker in the town and the region. The other Saginaw plant, in Buffalo, will also be sold as part of GM’s continuing restructuring program in an attempt to save the industry giant.

While there is a townwide recycling program in Tonawanda, some people want to do more. Last year, the students of the Gaia Society, an environmental club at Kenmore West Senior High School, began an aluminum can recycling program.

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