Nancy Fischer

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

The head of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board said she would like to have a new superintendent chosen by May, before the school board elections. Jill Y. O'Malley, the board's president,  said she would like the board members involved in the search to be the ones who vote on the final candidate. Two seats are up for election. But O'Malley said she would not ins…

The City of Tonawanda continues to "Go Red for Jed" with a blood drive that will honor a special young man who died from cancer complications in 2015. Jedediah Woomer, a 19-year-old Eagle Scout and 2014 graduate of Tonawanda High School, died on April 8, 2015 following complications from synovial sarcoma, a rare form of soft tissue cancer. Tonawanda city firefighters…

Family, friends and fellow officers welcomed two new police officers to the City of Tonawanda Police Department with swearing in ceremonies and a reception at City Hall on Wednesday. Officers Adam J. Cruz and Kyle J. Gallivan will start at the Central Police Academy at Erie County Community College's north campus on Monday. Both new officers grew up in the City of To…

After the unexpected retirement of Superintendent Dawn F. Mirand earlier this month, the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board named its former assistant superintendent, Stephen A. Bovino to step into the role on an interim basis last week. Bovino  retired in September after 9 1/2 years in the role, but came back when Mirand announced January 5 that she would retire i…

SolarPark Energy wants to build a $7.5 million 18-acre solar farm on Grand Island with an option to expand to another 40 acres on undeveloped industrial property on Lang Boulevard, off of Grand Island Boulevard, according to town officials. Deputy Supervisor James R. Sharpe told The Buffalo News that the company's proposal is to build two 9-acre farms - each with two me…

Eita Nanda, a Kenmore West 11th grade student, has won first place in the grade 9 to 12 division of the  Healthy Choices Art and Poetry Contest. The contest was sponsored by Western New York United Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse. She was recently honored, along with other award winners, parents and educators, at an event at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Students were…

Grand Island residents are already surrounded by water, but could they someday be surrounded by solar panel farms? Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray admits he is a big fan of the futuristic technology, but he also knows his whole board doesn't share his enthusiasm. He said there are two giant solar projects that are being proposed for Grand Island. While they a…

When power was knocked out in the City of Tonawanda last spring, a decades-old emergency generator failed to fully restore power to City Hall and the police department dispatch center there. City Council President Jenna Koch noted that the generator dates back to the day when City Hall opened in 1959. She said this is part of the reason why the cost to install a new gen…

A woman discovered dead on the side of the road was identified Monday as EvaJean Toth, 62, of the City of Tonawanda, by the Town of Tonawanda Police. According to the Erie County Medical Examiner's office, Toth died of natural causes. There were no signs of foul play and no trauma. Tonawanda Police Capt. Joseph F. Carosi said Toth was discovered dead on the side of t…

The Tonawanda Rails to Trails had a successful grand opening this summer, but town officials are already moving forward on the next step – a $330,000 enhancement project that will provide better access to the 3.9 mile trail from 12 intersections along it. The town plans to seek major funding for the project from the Niagara River Greenway Commission. The proposed T…

It's not unusual to hear gospel music in East Side Baptist churches – the kind of music that will move you to raise your hands and sing along. But hearing that same music coming from a Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra string quartet is a little more out of the ordinary. The BPO Diversity Council wants to change that perception. To that end,  the string quartet performe…

NIAGARA FALLS - William Bradberry, chair of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Area Commission, is a scholar of local history and a deep thinker on how that history has affected African-Americans, especially in his hometown of Niagara Falls. He will be honored with the Civil Rights Achievement Award at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebrati…

LEWISTON - The Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy graduated its 63rd class during a ceremony held Wednesday at Niagara University’s Castellani Art Museum. NCLEA co-directors Lt. Aaron Schultz and Detective John Faso presented diplomas to this semester’s graduates: • Heather Cepuchowski, Lockport Police Department • Travis DeMuth, Genesee County Sheriff…

NIAGARA FALLS - Applications for permits to sell Native American crafts in Niagara Falls State Park are available for 2017. Six names will be drawn for permits in a lottery at 10 a.m. March 17 in the Orin Lehman Visitor Center. Applicants must be present to be selected. State parks spokeswoman Angela Bert said the parks receive approximately 20 to 25 applicants each …

WHEATFIELD - Western New York professional wrestling talent will be showcased at Empire State Wrestling on Saturday, Jan. 21 in St. Johnsburg Fire Hall, 7165 Ward Road. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the bell is at 6. Admission is $20 for a front row and $12 general admission. ESW will also offer a trial for people interested in becoming professional wrestlers through the …