Weekly Feature

2014-10-29 / Editorial

Spindle items

Ken-Ton Editor

THE SPENCER FLEET — I dread the arrival of Nov. 1, because it means six vehicles will again be parked bumper to bumper in my driveway.

Moving one in the morning requires moving all others in front of it — unless the order of departure was planned the previous night. Moving them all in during the evening and out in the morning is no small task. Add snow and ice to the job, and it makes for more unpleasantness.

Yet, even with our mindfulness, inevitably someone at sometime during the winter experiences a moment of forgetfulness and leaves his or her vehicle on the street. A ticket greets that person in the morning. I’ve had a nighttime memory lapse or two. We often joke in my house that it would be much easier to just pave our extra side lot, making it into a Spencer parking area for our “armada.”

When the first of April finally arrives, we breathe a collective sigh of relief. We are happy to celebrate spring’s arrival not only for the sight of tulips pushing up from the ground, sound of birds and smell of sweet earth coming alive. Best of all, we may once again park in the street.

According to the Town of Tonawanda and Kenmore police departments, residents should be reminded that the parking restriction starts Nov. 1. Street parking is prohibited between the hours of 2 and 6 a.m. It resumes April 1.

DEPARTMENT FIELD TRIP — Friday, the entire Editorial Department took a “field trip” to the Museum of DisABILITY History, located at 3826 Main St. We learned about the role journalists have played in the history of disabilities and how we can accurately write stories when we have these people as our subjects.

Our guide reminded us that disability has always been a part of the human experience. Everyone experiences a disability at some time, whether it’s when we’re young and vulnerable babies or old and unable to do the things we once did. How we treat and take care of those who are most vulnerable says a lot about the society in which we live. The experience felt especially poignant, as I have an uncle who is disabled.

The museum, which is operated by People Inc., does an excellent job recapping the history of disabilities, making that history come alive with various artifacts and displays. I’d encourage anymore to stop by the museum and check it out. For more information, visit its website at www.museumofdisability.org, or call 629-3626.

Its hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission for adults is $5 and $2.50 for students, senior citizens and human services employees. It is $2 for children 6 to 17 years of age and free to children 5 and younger.

CANDIDATE PROFILES — The Bee publishes profiles provided by candidates in local, opposed elections. All local candidates receive a letter asking for this material. Any local candidates not included in this week’s edition are either running unopposed or did not respond to our request.

FALL BACK — Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 2. Residents are reminded to turn their clocks back one hour before retiring for the evening on Saturday. Area firefighters suggest this is also a good opportunity to replace the batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

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