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Harold McNeil has been a staff reporter for The Buffalo News since 1989. He currently covers Amherst.


Federal cleanup efforts at the former National Paint Manufacturing Corp., 153 Fillmore Ave., Tonawanda, will cost taxpayers nearly $800,000, according to officials of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.The agency, using money from the federal Superfund program, is directing the cleanup and removal of more than 500 drums of flammable materials stored at the plant…

The Abbey Nursing Home at 2865 Elmwood Ave. in the Town of Tonawanda became Catherine McAuley Manor this morning after a rededication ceremony.Kenmore Mercy Hospital had operated the 79-bed facility under a receivership agreement since 1986. After receiving approval from the state Health Department, the hospital purchased the nursing home Tuesday.Next spring, Kenmore …

A federal cleanup has begun at the former National Paint Manufacturing Co., 531 Fillmore Ave., Tonawanda, where some 500 drums of flammable materials have been stored, according to state Department of Environmental Conservation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials.DEC officials identified the materials, mostly solvents, after a 1986 inspection of the fac…

State Supreme Court Judge Jerome C. Gorski Wednesday reserved decision on whether a Democratic candidate for Third Ward alderman in the City of Tonawanda could challenge petitions for two Republicancandidates.Democratic candidate James N. Penberthy is seeking to challenge petitions circulated for Third Ward Alderman Susan Gregg and another GOP candidate, Thomas Smeyer…

City of Tonawanda Economic Development Director Timothy Murray Tuesday denied allegations that he witnessed Board of Elections petitions containing forged signatures.The charges were made by Clinton Street resident Michael Skoney during a Common Council meeting Tuesday night. Skoney presented Council President John G. Lawrence signed affidavits from five Fletcher Stre…

The Tonawanda Common Council Tuesday night unanimously approved posting 7-mph maximum speed signs along the Riverwalk in Niawanda Park.The resolution, proposed by Second Ward Alderman William D. Sheldon, was approved in the wake of complaints that speeding bicyclists are endangering pedestrians using the walkway."A lot of city residents won't use (the riverwalk) becau…

The Tonawanda Town Board Monday voted to renew an agreement with Kenmore Mercy Hospital and Kenmore-Tonawanda Medical Associates for instructing the town's paramedic personnel.The contract is effective today and runs through July 31, 1992.The town-sponsored paramedics program costs taxpayers about $300,000 a year, according to Norman J. Stocker, the town's director of…

In the mid-1960s, Gina DiFranco watched the trucks roll in a few yards from her parents' Town of Niagara home, dumping "just about anything" onto the plot of land that someday would become the Forest Glen subdivision."They hauled dirt, batteries, . . . and there was carbon all over and tires," she recalled. "After all that, even people used to come back and dump their…

The Tonawanda City School Board Wednesday heard details of a new drug-awareness education program for fifth-and sixth-graders that will start in September.The presentation was made by City Police Lt. James Shiesley, who will instruct the hour-long classes at Highland and Riverview elementary schools. The program is called Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or DARE.The p…

Gov. Cuomo has signed into law a bill that could provide tax relief to Town of Tonawanda residents in the Sweet Home School District.The bill's sponsor, state Assemblyman Robin L. Schimminger, D-Town of Tonawanda, said the legislation will provide school districts comprising more than one municipality -- such as Sweet Home, which consists of portions of the towns of T…

The Grand Island Lions Club picnic one day might outgrow its annual quarters at the Buffalo Launch Club on Grand Island. The event has come a long way from its humble origins 31 years ago when a few dozen blind children were escorted from their homes for a half-day of fun and adventure.Aided by scores of volunteers, Lions Club members played host Wednesday to about 1,…

The Lackawanna City Council was scheduled to meet with Bethlehem Steel officials today in an attempt to soften the steel giant's stance on immediately recouping $5 million in taxes the company says it is owed by the city."We want to see how adamant they are about current negotiations that have been going on between the mayor and his negotiators," said Third Ward Counc…

Clowning around is serious business for Sil Dan Jr. of North Tonawanda.The 37-year-old father of four is a machinist by trade, but a clown by desire.Wearing a bright red nose and green-and-yellow suspenders to hold up his big, baggy pants is not something Dan does to pay the bills. Clowning allows him to pay for his blessings.Today, Dan, dressed as his alter ego, "Pat…