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Barbara O'Brien


Burt P. Flickinger Jr. saw Sunday's sunshine as a good omen for the drive to restore Roycroft Inn."Hopefully, it's a fortuitous sign the drive will be a success," he said Sunday outside the historic Aurora Town Hall in East Aurora.Flickinger, chairman of the Roycroft Revitalization Corp., greeted about 200 other Roycroft fans at the kickoff of the $600,000 Roycroft Restor…

Burt P. Flickinger Jr. saw Sunday's sunshine as a good omen for the drive to restore Roycroft Inn."Hopefully, it's a fortuitous sign the drive will be a success," he said Sunday outside the historic Aurora Town Hall in East Aurora.Flickinger, chairman of the Roycroft Revitalization Corp., greeted about 200 other Roycroft fans at the kickoff of the $600,000 Roycroft Restor…

It's not really a drive-in bank, but a woman deposited her auto inside Empire Plaza across from Pilot Field Thursday afternoon.Luckily, Irv Kimball was not in his office, which overlooks Oak Street near Swan Street, when the car rammed through it about 4:30 p.m. and landed in the next office."I'm very happy to be talking to you," said Kimball, administrative vice presiden…

Angola residents like having friends and neighbors working as police officers in their village, and some would pay to return the Angola Police Department to full strength, ending the village's contract with the Erie County Sheriff's Department."I'm here to get the Angola Police Department back," Leonard Lerczak told village officials Tuesday night at a hearing that drew ab…

In addition to the usual tailgate party items like hot dogs and beer, some Buffalo Bills fans went to Sunday's game at Rich Stadium loaded down with soap, hand lotion and books.Those and other items were donated to "Western New York's Desert Shield Connection" for American servicemen in the Middle East.Jack Shingler of Little Valley said he and his family brought soap, too…

Citizen participation will ensure a successful cleanup of the Pfohl Bros. hazardous dump site in Cheektowaga, the leader of an environmental group said Thursday."Our cleanup will be only as good as our community makes it," said Elinor Weiss, chairwoman of the Pfohl Bros. Landfill Citizen Action Group.Mrs. Weiss told representatives of the state departments of Environmenta…

Citizen participation will ensure a successful cleanup of the Pfohl Brothers hazardous dump site in Cheektowaga, the leader of an environmental group said Thursday."Our cleanup will be only as good as our community makes it," said Elinor Weiss, chairwoman of the Pfohl Brothers Landfill Citizen Action Group.Mrs. Weiss told representatives of the state departments of environ…

The 21st Century Environmental Bond Act may be rejected by voters, supporters warned at a rally Tuesday night.State Sen. John B. Sheffer II, R-Williamsville, and Assemblyman William B. Hoyt, D-Buffalo, told environmentalists and preservationists the proposal is not "in good shape."About 75 people attended the meeting of the Western New York Committee for the Environmental …

Decreasing state aid and slow growth in taxable property could result in a $100 tax increase for the average West Seneca homeowner next year.The proposed general and highway budgets released Monday by Supervisor Joan F. Lillis call for a combined tax increase of 20 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation."Although I have never been happy to propose any tax increases, my dut…

Buffalo teachers will rally in support of their proposed contract before the School Board's next meeting.Teachers hope the board, which tabled the contract last week, will ratify it Sept. 26, said Philip Rumore, president of the Buffalo Teachers Federation. But before board members meet that afternoon, teachers will hold a rally in front of City Hall."The teachers are ang…

A malfunctioning voting machine Wednesday caused the invalidation of results of the revote on the Cheektowaga-Sloan School District budget."We are still on the austerity budget and residents will have to continue driving their kids to school," said district business manager Kevin A. Ziemba.At one of the machines, 333 people signed in to vote but only 252 votes registered o…

Buffalo teachers will not go on strike or take other job actions to protest the failure of the Board of Education to ratify a new contract.The Executive Committee of the Buffalo Teachers Federation expressed confidence Thursday afternoon that the board will "act honorably" and ratify the agreement.The School Board voted 5-4 Wednesday to table the contract, which provides a…

Buffalo Bisons fans were quiet when they left Pilot Field this morning.After 18 innings that lasted more than five hours, not much could be said about the Bisons' disappointing 4-3 loss to the Nashville Sounds."I'll bet that was one for the record books," one boy said to his father as they left their seats for the last time this season.He was right. The game, which saw 14…

The chemically contaminated soil of a resort community south of Buffalo is about to become a proving ground for a new process designed to cleanse the earth of poisonous PCBs.Tuesday, crews will begin the mammoth task of digging up the PCB-tainted lawns and roads of Wide Beach in one of the state's largest environmental Superfund cleanups. The project will involve removin…

Newstead residents have filed court papers to stop the town from building a highway garage, salt barn and other buildings on land meant for a park.A show-cause order was served on the town clerk Thursday, seeking a halt to any development until the case is settled.It is answerable in State Supreme Court Thursday. The four residents named in the papers want development on…