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Education

June 12, 1946 - Nov. 14, 2017 Margaret A. Ryan wore high heels every day of her 32-year career as a teacher, principal and acting superintendent at Alden Central Schools. And when she was principal at Alden Primary School, when everyone in the school brought in 100 items to mark the 100th day of school, she brought 100 pairs of her shoes. "She loved high heels," s…

Hamburg

Frontier Central School Board members are interviewing candidates for superintendent and hope to have someone on board early next year. The board started the search process in August with the appointment of Lynn Fusco,  Erie 1 BOCES superintendent,  to lead the search. The district received 19 completed packets from candidates, and the board went through them to de…

Business

Requests for active shooter training have "exploded" in Orchard Park this week, after mass shootings at a Texas church and in a California small town this month. "The requests for security training and active shooter training and assessments by businesses and churches exploded this week," Orchard Park police Chief Mark Pacholec told Town Board members Wednesday night, a…

Education

It's not too early for high school students and non-professional young adults to think about entering the mechanics competition at the Western New York Farm Show in February. The event challenges youth to complete a course made up of various tasks that could include bolt identification, hydraulics, machining, automobile inspection, welding, torque, tractor part identifi…

Local News

The Orchard Park town supervisor has not gotten a raise since 2006 — before Patrick J. Keem was elected four years ago. Next year, Keem and other elected officials in the town will be getting raises. Keem will be paid $79,735 — up $8,974, or 12.68 percent. But unlike in neighboring West Seneca, where residents protested a 14 percent raise for the supervisor la…

Local News

A hostile crowd didn't give an inch to West Seneca Supervisor Sheila Meegan and town councilmen during a meeting Monday night when the board approved an 8.6 percent property tax increase for 2018. It didn't matter that the tax hike was less than the proposed 12 percent increase and that the tax bill on the average market value house of $150,000 would go up less than $10…

Attractions

A Polar Stop with toy train layouts provided by local model railroad clubs, a building competition with canned goods to benefit the Food Bank of Western New York, and Kandy Kane's Holiday Magic Show are among the new sights this year at the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg. The 13th annual festival opens from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Frid…

Education

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will conduct a special holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Hilbert College's William E. Swan Auditorium. The concert will be conducted by BPO resident conductor Stefan Sanders. This year marks the BPO's 10th annual performance at the Swan Auditorium. A limited number of tickets are available for the public. Tickets are $35 for…

Local News

West Seneca residents have been telling Town Board members for weeks that a proposed 12 percent tax rate increase is not fair, shows poor management and is just too much money to pay. Town Board members listened Monday night — making changes to the budget that brought the combined tax increase down to 8.6 percent. But that wasn't enough for the near-capacity crowd …

Hamburg

Hamburg Town Board Member Tom Best Jr. plans to offer revisions to the town's proposed 2018 budget before it is adopted Monday night. Spending in Supervisor Steven Walters' proposed $47 million budget is up 2.7 percent, and the total amount to be raised by taxes, $27.47 million, is up 2.2 percent. Under the proposed budget, the owner of a house assessed at $100,000 wou…

Construction and Growth

Just outside the Village of East Aurora on Mill Road sits a 95-acre parcel that gently slopes down to Cazenovia Creek. That's where construction of the first of 85 patio homes, known as Aurora Mills, is to start next summer. The $35 million project is expected to take three to four years to complete. "It's a special piece of property," said John M. Manns, executive …

Erie County

Work to improve safety along Route 5 and Bayview Road in the Town of Hamburg should be finished by the end of the year, according to the state Department of Transportation. The Bayview Road access between the westbound and eastbound Route 5, the site of numerous accidents, is being removed after Hoover Road was realigned to meet Lake Erie Boulevard at a four corner inte…

Education

New York State has had the longest and most comprehensive review of learning standards of all the states that are reviewing academic standards, according to a study by High Achievement New York. New York also has the longest implementation timeline, with full implementation, including assessments aligned to the standards, set for  the 2020-2021 year. The group's rep…

Local News

Black smoke billowed out of the former Bethlehem Steel plant over Route 5 in Lackawanna a year ago, spewing plumes that could be seen for days. There was one minor injury as more than 100 firefighters from multiple agencies battled the city's biggest fire, which caused the evacuation of 300 families, closed schools, disrupted traffic and left the City of Lackawanna digg…

Local News

A special viewing of the Lifetime movie, “Stage Fright” will take place at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21. Why Ilio's? Owner Dennis DiPaolo has a cameo in the movie, which is one of six produced in the Buffalo area by director Fred Olen Ray. “Stage Fright” was filmed last year throughout Western New York at the Riviera Theater, Record T…