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Jane Kwiatkowski Radlich

A print journalism graduate of Buffalo State College, I also studied nursing at Trocaire College in South Buffalo. I am a licensed attorney at law admitted to practice in New York State. But it is the newspaper that I am most passionate about.


Obituaries

Oct. 8, 1917 – Feb. 13, 2018 Janis O. Ruhlman may have discovered the fountain of youth in the hundreds of quilts she stitched by hand for sick children. "She would make a quilt a week for infants who were sick and donate them to the Shriners," said Gay Maria Norgren, a friend of the family. "People would always bring her scraps of material." Mrs. Ruhlman, a longt…

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When Mambrino King died in 1899, the East Aurora Advertiser hailed him as "the handsomest horse in the world." It was believed he was buried in a mahogany casket on Hamlin's Village Farm, a site which is now the lawn of a private home on North Willow Street in the Village of East Aurora. The horse's reputation was the stuff of legend at a time when East Aurora was a hor…

Local News

Wreckmaster, the Canadian-based training center for tow-truck drivers, is one step closer to opening a Lancaster location a public hearing Tuesday before the Lancaster Town Board. Wreckmaster --  founded by Justin Cruse in 1991 in Beamsville, Ont. -- is seeking a special use permit to operate an outdoor vehicle training facility and storage yard at 5500 Genesee St., sai…

Local News

The 31 empty storefronts on Elmwood Avenue from Allen Street to Forest Avenue represent restaurants, boutiques and food markets that have closed their doors in recent years. They also represent a 17 percent vacancy rate, a red flag that community leaders cannot afford to ignore, said the two Common Council members that represent the area, Delaware District Councilman Jo…

Local News

A 47-year-old woman with a 9-year-old child in her car was pulled over just after midnight Sunday by State Police who charged her with a Leandra's law violation. Deanna Carhart, 47, of Alden, was stopped on Crittenden Road after police observed her speeding and failing to stop for a stop sign, police said. Carhart failed field sobriety tests and was arrested with…

Crime

A crook masquerading as a water authority worker stole $4,000 from an 82-year-old man who allowed the scammer in his house to check on basement pipes, Orchard Park Police reported. The $4,000 cash was kept in a safe in a closet of the man's bedroom, said Orchard Park Lt. Joseph Ray. Police believe the money was taken by an accomplice who came in the house while the vict…

Buffalo

"The Final Year," the documentary account of former President Obama's final year of office, will be screened at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the North Park Theatre, 1428 Hertel Ave. The film -- which includes unprecedented access to the White House and State Department -- is the highlight of the President's Day Weekend Film Festival. The film features Obama's Se…

Buffalo

Buffalo police have determined two people whose bodies were discovered earlier this month were homicide victims. Douglas E. Johnson, 47, of Buffalo, whose snow-covered body was discovered about 9:30 p.m. Feb. 6 on Wick Street, died as a result of multiple stab wounds, police said Thursday after the Erie County Medical Examiner's office conducted an autopsy. Maria Riv…

Local News

Marine Corps platoon commander Dennis T. Gorski directed convoys during the Vietnam War. County Legislator Gorski campaigned door-to-door in 1974, visiting 15,000 homes to win a seat in the State Assembly. Town Justice Gorski today takes each case to heart as he sits on the bench in Cheektowaga Town Court. At age 73, the former three-term county executive, county …

Construction and Growth

A cellular tower – Lancaster's 13th – was recommended for approval Tuesday by the town Planning Board – but the endorsement was not unanimous. The State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) meeting took place before the Town Board's work session and regular meeting. Joseph Keefe, an attorney who sits on the Planning Board, was vocal in his concern over the impact of a…

Local News

Lackawanna City Councilman William R. Leonard on Tuesday did something his colleagues have only talked about doing. He tried to nominate someone to fill the First Ward seat. The action came at the end of the regular board meeting, when Leonard asked to waive the rules which would have allowed him to introduce a resolution recommending Abdulsalam Noman fill the seat h…

Education

The New Lincoln Elementary School building in Lackawanna's 1st Ward stands three stories and spans 51,000 square feet, a hulking edifice constructed in 1925 to serve the growing population of immigrant families who flocked to the city for steel plant jobs and affordable living. The building ceased being a school in 1988 and since then, much like the vacant and crumbling…

Local News

The Lancaster Town Board on Monday night bolstered its Dog Control Department by approving the hiring of a part-time officer, boosting the pay of four other part-time officers and giving the chief officer a $16,000 salary hike over two years. Newcomer Alana M. Turchiarelli will join four other part-time employees in the Dog Control Department, earning $13 an hour. The f…

Cheektowaga

Cheektowaga Central School District kindergarten registration for new students for 2018-19 begins March 1, said Libby Maeder, district registrar. Children who turn 5 by Dec. 1, 2018, and are district residents are eligible. Registration is by appointment only. For parents whose children are attending universal pre-kindergarten, there is no need to re-register, although …

Education

Lackawanna sixth-graders explore the topics of pollution and responsible water usage at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. The educational program "Not a Drop to Drink" will allow middle-school students to build a terrarium and tour greenhouses while they learn how to prevent pollution. On a mini-tour of the gardens, students will explore the ways plants …