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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


The Lewiston-Porter Central School District Tuesday named Dr. Peter T. Kachris acting superintendent from March 12 to June 30.Kachris, who is superintendent of the Orleans-Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services, will take on Lew-Port duties in addition to his job with BOCES at no cost to the district.Board President Robert Filocamo said Kachris had offered …

The Starpoint School Board voted unanimously Thursday night to make the district's two K-6 elementary schools separate primary and intermediate schools.There are 1,130 pupils in the Starpoint and Fricano buildings, which both have kindergarten through sixth-grade classes. One building has a principal and the other has an assistant principal.The change, which is expect…

The Starpoint School Board began discussions Thursday on restructuring the two elementary buildings into separate schools for primary and intermediate grades.Most board members appeared to favor a plan that would go into effect as early as September.The current elementary structure has several classes of each grade in the Starpoint and Fricano buildings, both on the M…

The Town Board was told Tuesday it might cost almost $1 million to build some 24,000 feet of water lines along Transit and Lockport roads.Town Engineer Richard SanGiacomo told the board a plan to extend a water line 13,600 feet on the west side of Transit Road between Lockport and Tonawanda Creek roads could cost up to $596,000 for an independent contractor, or $398,0…

Most parents would not choose to send their children to a school where the walls are crumbling, that has no cafeteria or locker room, and only one shower, and with a music room with barely enough space for a piano.But the parents of nearly 200 pupils at the Board of Cooperative Education Services' emotionally handicapped facility have no choice.The Orleans-Niagara BOC…

Elementary Principal Douglas J. Regan Thursday explained a new effective schools program that emphasizes quality and equity to the Starpoint School Board.He said the state-mandated program is designed not only to ask for quality work from students but to demand it. The key, according to Regan, is to involve staff in setting goals and implementing them.Over the last ye…

In a shift of power, the Town Board Tuesday unanimously appointed Jon Olstad chairman of the Planning Board to succeed longtime Chairman Gordon Haseley. Haseley will continue to serve as a member of the Planning Board.Terry Miller lost his seat on the Planning Board to James Staggers, who was appointed in a 4-1 vote."A change is needed," Supervisor Spencer Bush said, …

This is the time of year when many vacation in warmer climates.But for many families caring for mentally retarded or developmentally disabled adults, a venture south is just a dream because of responsibilities at home.Now there is some relief for care-givers -- for as little as a night or long as a month.Kurt Zuk, director of the residential program for the Associatio…

Town water rates for 1990 were unanimously accepted by the Pendleton Town Board Wednesday at its last meeting of the year.Rates for next year are the same as the current year at 70 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation for residents with access to water lines and 5 cents per $1,000 for residents without lines in front of their homes.Water user rates will see a split …

Acting Lewiston-Porter Schools Superintendent Donald Yates said Wednesday he is standing firm on his decision to leave the post as of Feb. 1.Yates' statement comes a day after he announced his unofficial resignation in a heated debate during a meeting of the Lewiston-Porter School Board.Board President Robert Filocamo said he plans to call a meeting of the board to di…

Acting Lewiston-Porter Superintendent Donald Yates unofficially gave his resignation Tuesday after a heated discussion among members of the School Board."I'm finished as of Feb. 1. You will not see me here after that. I'm tired of being berated in public and questioned on my accomplishments."The usually calm and soft-spoken Yates became terse and angry after some boar…

While residents of Charleston, S.C., are still working to recover from the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Hugo, the children in two schools there will have a brighter Christmas thanks to the generosity of more than 1,000 Starpoint Central elementary pupils.The Starpoint Elementary Student Council has collected new toys, games and books that will be given to pupils at Nort…