Please take time today and sit with family and friends and especially with children to read and reflect and discuss the Declaration of Independence. It matters.
This commentary was written by Andy Rooney of CBS News 60 Minutes and originally broadcast on May 29, 2005.
Tomorrow is Memorial Day, the day we have set aside to honor by remembering all the Americans who have died fighting for the thing we like most about our America: the freedom we have to live as we please.
No official day to remember is adequate for something like that. It's too formal. It gets to be just another day on the calendar.
No one would know from Memorial Day that Richie M., who was shot through the forehead coming onto Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, wore different color socks on each foot because he thought it brought him good luck.
No one would remember on Memorial Day that Eddie G. had promised to marry Julie W. the day after he got home from the war, but didn't marry Julie because he never came home from the war. Eddie was shot dead on an un-American desert island, Iwo Jima.
For too many Americans, Memorial Day has become just another day off. There's only so much time any of us can spend remembering those we loved who have died, but the men, boys really, who died in our wars deserve at least a few moments of reflection during which we consider what they did for us.
We use the phrase "gave their lives," but they didn't give their lives. Their lives were taken from them.
There is more bravery at war than in peace, and it seems wrong that we have so often saved this virtue to use for our least noble activity - war. The goal of war is to cause death to other people.
Because I was in the Army during World War II, I have more to remember on Memorial Day than most of you. I had good friends who were killed.
Charley Wood wrote poetry in high school. He was killed when his Piper Cub was shot down while he was flying as a spotter for the artillery.
Bob O'Connor went down in flames in his B-17.
Obie Slingerland and I were best friends and co-captains of our high school football team. Obie was killed on the deck of the Saratoga when a bomb that hadn't dropped exploded as he landed.
I won't think of them anymore tomorrow, Memorial Day, than I think of them any other day of my life.
Remembering doesn't do the remembered any good, of course. It's for ourselves, the living. I wish we could dedicate Memorial Day, not to the memory of those who have died at war, but to the idea of saving the lives of the young people who are going to die in the future if we don't find some new way - some new religion maybe - that takes war out of our lives.
That would be a Memorial Day worth celebrating.
We found two (2) of these dollhouse kits from Real Good Toys in Vermont. The retail price was US$301.99.
We would like to donate them to two (2) not-for-profit locally-focused organizations, not national organizations, for use as fundraising tools.
If your organization has an interest in receiving one of the dollhouse kits, please send a letter to us either by mail to 3366 Union Road, Cheektowaga, New York 14225, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your letter should share how the dollhouse would be used to support the mission of your organization. All submissions should be received by 15 January 2018.
We will then select two beneficiaries, post the letters on our Facebook page and at www.niagarahobby.com, and schedule a pick-up.
While we are not in the retail business, we remain in the giving business.....
Wishing you and your family health and prosperity during this Holiday Season, on Christmas Day and throughout The New Year
For Christmas, Hanukkah, Birthday or just because you want it....
For trains, consider Artcraft in Hamburg, New York, or Aurora Rails & Hobbies in East Aurora, New York.
For Radio Control (and hobby tools & accessories), consider Field's Hobby in Cheektowaga, New York.
For toys, consider Clayton's Toys in Williamsville, New York.
For slot cars, consider Ace Hobby in Niagara Falls, New York.
For plastic models (and rockets), consider Ace Hobby in Niagara Falls, New York, and national chains A.C. Moore, Michael, Hobby Lobby and Ollie's Bargain Outlet.
For die cast, consider Buffalo Road Imports in Clarence, New York....
For art supplies, consider Hyatt's, Michael's, and JOANN.
Wishing everyone a most reflective day.... While enjoying parades, sporting events, immense quantities of food.... please take time to remember the meaning, the history of this day....
Don't shop today. Use the moments with family and friends to appreciate each other, to appreciate yourself....
In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
On Saturday, 25 November 2017, American Express sponsors "Small Business Saturday" during which the company encourages consumers to focus upon local independent
The challenge is for local independent retailers to compete with the multi-million dollar marketing budgets of retailers with national operations and with Internet-only providers, both of whom focus upon the week leading into Thanksgiving Day, the day after, known as Black Friday, and then the accompanying weekend.
So, we suggest that Western New York shoppers begin this weekend... Western New York's very own Small Business Saturday on 18 November 2017.
If you are looking for trains, consider Artcraft in Hamburg, New York, or Aurora Rails & Hobbies in East Aurora, New York. For Radio Control, consider Field's Hobby in Cheektowaga, New York. For toys, consider Clayton's Toys in Williamsville, New York.
We are awaiting pick-up (update: items delivered on 25 October 2017) for our donation to Toys for Tots, organized by https://buffalo-ny.toysfortots.org/local-coo…/…/default.aspx, who do wonderful work..... Just because we have closed our doors does not mean that the giving doesn't continue...
The Buffalo News
Buffalo, New York
My View: Hobby shop’s closing signals end of an era
By My View | Published October 12, 2017
By Carol Ann Gleason
Two of my grandsons, ages 10 and 12, were at my house last month. The Buffalo News was on the kitchen table. While going through the paper in search of the most important pages – the comics – they came across a headline: “Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart has closed.”
We read the news of the hobby shop closing with surprise and sadness. The boys and I talked about our memories of being at the hobby shop.
When Grandad and Grandma visit from Oklahoma, the hobby shop is the first place they take the children. Not only did the boys have fun racing their cars, they knew Grandad and Grandma would add to their collection of cars.
Their little sister would enjoy looking at the craft items and doll furniture. She also knew that she would be bringing something home.
Spending time at the hobby shop was a whole family event.
After reading the article, the boys realized the hobby shop would be opened the following Saturday. It would be one last day to reminisce, purchase cars and race their cars on the track. The plan was made!
On Saturday morning, the grandchildren would come to my house for breakfast, then Papa would drive them to the hobby shop at 9 a.m. I made them pancakes with maple syrup and whipped cream.
The boys had their money and knew what cars they wanted to buy. They were full of anticipation and excitement during the 20-minute drive.
Upon arrival there already was a line. The boys knew where the cars they wanted would be. Alas, even at that early hour, there was only one left! And that Indy car became their prized possession.
Time to cash out meant waiting in the long line that meandered up and down the aisles of the shop. They waited patiently like the other enthusiastic customers. The crowd was friendly and seemed to radiate a quiet and peaceful thanks for having one last day to visit the hobby shop.
As my grandsons were enjoying their time racing Indy around the track, they knew this was their last race at the hobby shop.
While the boys were inside, their sister played on the caboose, which also was for sale. It had a fair but hefty price tag. The children hoped Papa and Nana could afford to buy it.
Their sister was not interested in cars but did find a kite. She is now waiting for a windy day to fly the kite with Papa.
The closing of the Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart was sad news. The boys learned that there are disappointments in life. Now where will they race slot cars? They’ve already done some investigating and became aware of another shop in the area.
Maybe the boys will receive a race track for their October birthdays. It is quite possible that when Grandad and Grandma come to visit at Christmastime, the boys will be making new memories as they race cars on their own race track in the basement.
Hobbies seem to cross generational lines and create memories of fun and companionship. As John S. Kavulich leaves the business, he can be very proud that his dad’s hobbies provided so much fun for so many.
In just a few days my husband and I saw disappointment, enjoyment and anticipation in our grandchildren’s lives. We were glad we were able to “steer” them through these “tracks” of life.
By the way, the boys and I continue to read the comics in The Buffalo News.
Carol Ann Gleason, who lives in Kenmore, likes making memories with her grandchildren.
Today, John Kavulich Sr. Collection of sixteen (16) wooden aircraft models was delivered to PVT. Leonard Post Jr. VFW 6251 located at 2450 Walden Avenue in the Town of Cheektowaga, New York.
The collection, which includes aircraft from the dawn of flight (Wright Flyer), through WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, and present day will be displayed for all visitors to enjoy while they participate (and support) the many activities hosted by and sponsored by PVT. Leonard Post Jr. VFW 6251.
We are happy to have donated a dollhouse kit to the Heritage Education Program, soon to be known as ARC of Erie County. They will use the dollhouse to raise funds for the amazing work that they do with children.....http://www.heritagecenters.org/
The following offers a narrative for what Brick & Mortar experiences are all about... and the Internet is unable to offer...... We are grateful for these words for they reflect the mission of our founder- sharing.
My son and I are deeply saddened by the closing of the store. He has been coming to your establishment since he was three years old. He's now ten. He loves trains! He came in on so many occasions simply to watch the trains on the models.
My son is on the Autism Spectrum and your store provided so much comfort and happiness to him. It was always a special treat when he could go and spend a few hours and leave with either a Thomas train another type of model or a craft to do. I had to break the news to him yesterday and he was devastated.. We will be by this Saturday for one last goodbye.
Thank you for allowing children (everyone!) to enjoy your hobby store for so many years! It will be greatly missed!
J and K"
15 September 2017
16 September 2017
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
We are immensely grateful for the gracious, and in many instances personal messages delivered to us by telephone, email and social media. Having a positive impact upon generations of families is heartwarming.
Our founder had two phrases that reflected his vision: “Celebrating Families, Building Traditions… All In One Place.” And “Begin something today that you, your family and friends will enjoy for a lifetime.”
That the free children’s events, free use of the slot car tracks, free use of the pinewood derby track, free gaming and model building, the interactive train layout, retaining free layaway when other stores didn’t (and worked with customers when financial issues arose), and the Holiday Tradition of Santa, his Elf and his reindeer visiting our caboose and every child receiving a gift and free photograph… meant so much to so many reflects our founder’s philosophy- free meant free; no gimmicks. Equally satisfying was the support that we delivered for thirty-one years to individuals and organizations throughout Western New York.
We heard from many who asked for a last opportunity to visit…. Thank you for that.
So, we want to provide a final opportunity for our longtime customers, our extended family really, to visit us and make use of 70% off your purchase.
With this note, Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart has closed its doors after nearing thirty-two years located in the Town of Cheektowaga, New York.
We wish to thank our employees- many of whom began with us as high school students and continued with us through, and sometimes past, their college and university years; our suppliers- manufacturers and wholesalers for ensuring that we had the products we needed; those organizations throughout Western New York that permitted us to support their good work; and our customers, whose transactions made possible our journey.
Perhaps, you may see us again.
Today, from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm is the FINAL DAY for our 50% end-of-summer clearance sale.... Save even more on our already low prices... Lionel trains, Estes rockets, Dremel tools, paints and brushes (hobby, art & craft), Built-up (many with LEDs) G scale, O scale, HO scale and N scale structures; Pinewood Derby accessories, slot car accessories, Thomas & Friends, Schleich animals, Dollhouses and accessories... and much more! All sales final.
Last week we had a 40%-off sale. We heard, rather loudly, from customers and those wanting to be customers, that they missed the opportunity because of pre-Labor Day vacations. They've asked us to extend the sale.... We will. And now up to 50% off sale. Until this Saturday at 8:00 pm. Looking forward to your visit!