Nancy A. Fischer, The Buffalo News

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Nancy A. Fischer

A lifelong resident of Western New York and reporter for the Buffalo News for over 20 years covering Erie County Northtowns


A plan to build a $50 million multi-use arena at Spaulding Park Commerce Center has  emerged as a contentious issue in the City of Tonawanda mayoral race, with both candidates arguing about the validity of the plan. Mayor Rick Davis says the arena project is dead. His Republican opponent,  Third Ward Councilman Tim Toth, says it's still a viable idea. Toth said Ri…

Enbridge Inc., a Canadian fossil fuel delivery company, has given the Grand Island Volunteer Fire Department an $8,000 grant to purchase an extractor drying cabinet that will be used to remove carcinogens from firefighters' gear. "At one time, wearing a sooty, dirty helmet might have been considered the cool thing to do, almost like a battle scar," said Grand Island Dep…

Colvin Cleaners' 22nd annual "Coats 4 Kids" program is collecting gently used or new winter coats, jackets, gloves, hats and scarves for children. The donation drive continues through Dec. 1. Donations may be made at Colvin Cleaners, 2375 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore, or at Allstate Insurance agencies and Fidelis Care. A complete list of drop-off sites is available at www.coat…

Annie Draves was on her way to work when she spotted smoke, so she took a detour to see if anyone needed help. She arrived at 210 Fletcher St. at 5:30 p.m. last Wednesday before any fire trucks had arrived, and she saw 102-year-old Grace Sairo standing in a smoke-filled doorway screaming for help. Draves and another unidentified passer-by got out of their cars and helpe…

City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis' proposal to reassign seven part-time seasonal parks attendants to new positions is drawing some criticism, including from city Recreation Director Mandy Loffts. Loffts told the Common Council at its meeting Tuesday night that no one asked her about any proposed changes to her department. Loffts said she learned  from social media …

The City of Tonawanda Common Council is eyeing a $1 million plan to improve the city's public waterfront docking facilities. Four municipal dock locations would be upgraded if the city obtains the necessary funding. They are located on the Erie Canal, along Young Street, where local vendors provide kayaks and paddleboard rentals, and along the Niagara River in Niawanda …

Beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, the New York Thruway Authority will close one eastbound lanes on Interstate 290, in the vicinity of Exit 2, at Colvin Boulevard, as it continues roadwork on the I-290 bridge over Colvin Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda. The eastbound highway will be reduced to two lanes with the right lane closed for about two weeks. Work could be delay…

Fall is here and the Kenmore Village Improvement Society has spent hours decorating the Delaware Avenue Village Green and gazebo areas with cornstalks, scarecrows, lights, straw, leaves and ribbons to celebrate the season. But they won't take too much time to rest on their hay stacks, holiday decorating planning sessions will take place at 7 p.m. Monday at the Community…

Chris Kaszynski seems to be blessed with lucky numbers. The Kenmore West junior was born on the auspicious date of 01-01-01 and he will soon become Boy Scout Troop 104's 100th Eagle Scout. Chris' Eagle Scout project was to renovate and spruce up  The Teacher's Desk in Buffalo, which provides free school supplies to teachers in low income school districts. He organi…

Tonawanda Main Street will offer a special Food Truck Thursday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 on Main and Adam streets in the City of Tonawanda. The city will close Main Street, between Broad and Niagara streets, during the event to try out new streetscape techniques, such as public art and flexible seating. Joy Kuebler Landscape will be on Main Street conducting activit…

The City of Tonawanda Common Council has approved parking, stopping and standing restrictions during school hours on Fletcher Street, near the high school/middle school, and prohibited parking on Roosevelt Street near the library. "The main entrance to the school was becoming dangerous, especially during morning drop-offs," said Fourth Ward Councilman Tim Toth. Super…

Green Acres Animal Hospital presented a plan to triple its size at its site at 2060 Niagara Falls Blvd., and centralize its office staff from four other locations at the expanded Tonawanda site. The hospital, which was built in 2004, is currently 4,500 square feet. The  preliminary drawing presented to the Town of Tonawanda Planning Board for its approval shows a two-s…

After nine month of discussion, the Town of Tonawanda Planning Board decided Wednesday to forward new wind turbine and cell tower codes to the Town Board for its approval. Although both codes are separate, each addresses some of the same issues of changing technology and aesthetics, such as height and location. "We've spent an awful lot of time on this," Chairman Ken…

The Town of Tonawanda plans to seek a grant for the $50 million Veterans Village project, which would build housing for 130 homeless veterans in the town and provide outreach services, medical care and job training. The town voted earlier this week to apply for grant funding from the Empire State Development's RESTORE NY program. Councilman John Bargnesi Jr. called t…

The City of Tonawanda approved rezoning 14-acres of wooded land at 151 Little League Drive for  a 92-unit, upscale condominium housing project. Riverwalk Villas is the first new housing project in the city in decades. The two-bedroom houses would be sold in the $200,000-range said David Home Builders owner David Stapleton, who spoke with residents at a public hearin…