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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


Business

With CannonDesign looking into the possibility of leaving Grand Island, the Grand Island Town Board is starting to make a wish list for the site. Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray stressed that Cannon isn’t moving at this point, but he said he did reach out to the company after a recent news report suggested the company is looking at real estate in Buffalo. The bo…

Local News

When construction on the controversial $2.5 million West River Parkway trail on Grand Island began this week, reactions from people who have been watching it closely tended to fall into two categories: despair and joy. The despair was on display Monday evening in Town Hall, when detractors, many of them residents of West River Road, attended the Town Board meeting. They…

Erie County

The Grand Island School Board unanimously approved a $62.5 million 2018-19 budget Tuesday that would add school security measures while maintaining programs and staffing to stay under the tax cap. The budget vote on May 15 will include a $650,000 proposition to buy three large buses, two passenger buses, a passenger van and a Ford F-250 truck for buildings and grounds. …

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A screening of the documentary "Farmers for America" is scheduled for at 7 p.m. Friday in Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road. The event is being sponsored by the Board of Directors of Grand Island Farms, a non-profit group of family-owned farms and community members. The documentary, narrated by Mike Rowe, outlines the changes coming to America as more consum…

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The Town of Tonawanda Senior Center will host its annual Trade and Services show from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday in the Senior Citizens Center, 291 Ensminger Road. Companies offering services for local seniors, such as Brothers of Mercy, Elderwood Senior Care, Schofield Care, Ken-Ton Presbyterian Village, Meals on Wheels, and more will be available to provide information…

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If food waste isn't composted it is tossed, sometimes container and all, into a landfill. Buffalo Niagara Organics Recycling has introduced a plan for a "depacking plant" in the former Pallet Services warehouse at 310 Grand Island Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda that separates food waste from recyclables, such as plastic containers. The Town Planning Board made a …

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The Kenmore Village Board this week adopted a $13.86 million budget that Mayor Patrick Mang said will keep taxes down by holding down salaries of elected officials and department budgets. Mang said his salary and those of trustees have remained the same for the past 31 years. He said department budgets have had little to no increases in the past 17 years. He said the vi…

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After an eight-month moratorium, the Clarence Town Board has adopted a local law on "small wireless facilities." The law was passed Wednesday. Supervisor Patrick Casilio said it will focus on the location of microcell towers, which are small towers used to enhance signal strength for cellphones. Director of Community Development James B. Callahan said the law encoura…

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The Wehrle Golf Dome in Clarence was upgraded last year with a new roof, a new driving range, new turf and a restaurant – Rule 26. Now it could also be getting a patio. Rule 26, both a restaurant and a bar, is a clever nod to the rules of golfing, which allows a player who hit a ball into a water hazard to take a penalty stroke and place a ball outside of the hazard.…

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Spending would increase by 3.23 percent under a $34.77 million budget proposal adopted Tuesday by the Tonawanda City School Board. The amount to be raised through property taxes would be $12 million, an increase of 2.91 percent, which is within the allowable increase under the New York State tax cap. Superintendent Timothy Oldenburg said the budget is "responsible an…

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The Tonawanda City School District is conducting a search for two elementary school principals. The School Board this week announced the retirement of Mullen Elementary School Principal Larry Badgley, who will leave the district at the end of August after a 23-year career as an administrator in the district. He previously served as dean of students and athletic director…

Clarence

A new popcorn stand is coming to 6610 Goodrich Road in Clarence. Michael Sendlebeck told the Clarence Town Board on Wednesday that the 10-foot-by-16-foot shed will be a permanent structure, but a seasonal business, from May through October. The stand will be adjacent to Sendlebeck's home, which is in a commercial zone. The board granted him a one-year, temporary conditi…

Citizen Science Community Resources, which has been sampling soil around the Tonawanda Coke plant, will offer a citizen science project on Thursday where individuals will be taught how to sample their own soil for hazardous chemicals. "We provide the tools necessary for folks to advocate for themselves," said Jackie James Creedon, a founding activist of CSCR. Creedon…

Erie County

Two years ago, staff and teachers bid farewell to Kenmore Middle School. On Tuesday, the Board of Education celebrated a new life for the nearly 94-year-old building. The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Board of Education held its first board meeting in the new community room – a transformed former cafeteria in the middle school at 155 Delaware Road. The room has state-of-…

Environment

After several years of discussion and protests, New York State Parks began Tuesday its first step to transform West River Parkway into a multi-use trail along the Niagara River on Grand Island. Residents began seeing construction vehicles setting up and blocking off roads Tuesday, and a notice that work is expected to commence next week. A large neon sign informed dr…