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

Ravinder K. Bansal is a man on a mission. The Clarence man is about to fly a single-engine plane solo around the world to raise $750,000 for a hospital in his hometown in Ambala, India. The goal of the 19,878-mile trip - scheduled to begin July 4 from Buffalo Niagara International Airport - is to purchase an MRI machine for the hospital. Bansal decided to try to h…

Kenmore will host its annual community-wide garage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Approximately 100 garage sales will be featured in the sale, which is organized by the Kenmore Village Improvement Society. A map with a list of sale locations will be posted on the KVIS website and Facebook page. Printed maps will be available Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Ke…

After nine months of planning and input from the community, Tonawanda Tomorrow will present its economic development plan for the town beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, with a news conference followed by light snacks and refreshments in the Community Room of the Phillip Sheridan Building, 3200 Elmwood Ave. With the input of nearly 1,000 residents, business owne…

The grassroots Citizen Science Community Resources is collecting soil samples in communities around Tonawanda Coke and has invited high school students to take part in a summerlong "Students Become Scientists" program. Students will collaborate with research scientists, gain community service hours and participate in data collection. The program runs through the end of…

The New York State Thruway Authority would be required to give 10 percent of the tolls it collects on the Grand Island bridges to three communities affected by pollution caused by the toll booths traffic under proposed legislation introduced by State Sen. Chris Jacobs. Jacobs' bill – which would require the Thruway give a total of about $1 million a year to Grand Isl…

The Grand Island Town Board approved on Monday a developer's plan to build a $7 million community solar generation plant on the island. Community solar, which generates electricity to share with the community, is relatively new with only three operations in New York State, and Grand Island's plant would be the largest, said Mike Francis of Blue Rock Energy, which will m…

The City of Tonawanda Common Council will vote on the next step for David Homes' proposed Riverwalk Villas when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday. A resolution calls for the city to act as lead agency for an environmental review and send the project to the Planning and Zoning Board to consider rezoning the vacant property from R-1 to R-2, as well as to review the proposed site…

The New York State Thruway Authority would have to give 10 percent of the tolls it collects on the Grand Island bridges to three communities affected by pollution and traffic caused by the toll booths under a proposed legislation introduced by State Sen. Chris Jacobs, R-Buffalo. Jacobs' bill – which would require the Thruway give a total of about $1 million a year to…

The Grand Island Town Board is in the planning stages for a town community center, discussing costs, locations and tenants and even whether a new building is warranted. Supervisor Nathan McMurray has advocated for a feasibility study before moving forward. The Clark Patterson Lee engineering firm will meet with the board at its work session at 6 p.m. Monday, June 19,…

St. Amelia School, a Catholic elementary school in the Town of Tonawanda, has been named state champion in the Great American Can Roundup's School Recycling Challenge, winning a prize of $1,000. The 635 St. Amelia students in pre-k through grade 8 collected and recycled 37,763 cans, a total of 1,092 pounds of cans – from November 15 to April 22 to win the recycling ch…

Dads can have fun on a lawnmower on Father's Day at the annual Lawnmower Race and Classic Car Show from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sunday at 3957 W. River Road, Grand Island. The event, which raises money in the fight against cancer, begins with a 5K walk/run at 10 a.m. Registration for the race begins at 9 a.m. The cost is $10. Lawnmower race registration begins at 10 a…

Before gangs of kids start causing trouble in the City of Tonawanda, police there often offer them coupons for free Slurpees. Capt. Frederic Foels said the 7-Eleven promotion is something officers there have been using each summer for more than 20 years to improve police relations with youth. "It's a way to interact with the kids," said Foels. He said they hand out t…

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board will get an update on the district's ongoing capital project from Campus Construction at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The $52 million phase 2 of the project began last summer and includes work at all nine district buildings, as well as athletic fields and auditoriums. Work will be done over the next two to three years and …

The Clarence Town Board will hold a public hearing at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday at Town Hall on a proposal to build apartments, patio homes and retail space on vacant property at 6855 Transit Road in Swormville. The town Planning Board already has reviewed and recommended the project, according to James Callahan, director of community development. The Town Board is being aske…

Victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 will be remembered at a special concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Clarence Presbyterian Church, 9675 Main St. The performance will be given in honor of six special guests from Iwate Prefecture, Japan where the earthquake and tsunami hit in March 2011. The visitors are in the Buffalo area to thank those who raised funds a…