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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


"We have done nothing wrong except to be black in America," a former Buffalo police officer, Theodore A. Kirkland, told members of Parents Who Care Thursday at a meeting in the Niagara Community Center and Girls Club.Kirkland, a police officer for 16 years and a former member of the state Parole Board, outlined some of the problems he believes African-Americans face in the…

Lewiston-Porter Superintendent Walter S. Polka and Nancy Orsi, district curriculum coordinator, said that a recent article in a weekly business publication that ranked the district 98th among 104 school districts in Western New York used the wrong state figures.Class sizes of more than 400 were used to figure percentages in Regents test scores, but actual class sizes …

Residents packed a hearing in the Town Hall meeting room Wednesday to make it clear they don't want any airport expansion in the town.Wednesday's hearing involved a proposed 20-year master plan for North Buffalo Suburban Airport at Transit and Dunnigan roads.The Federal Aviation Administration has designated the airport a "relief airport," eligible for federal and state fu…

Suggestions that more men and women from minority groups be recruited to serve as police officers were greeted with applause at a police-community relations forum Thursday in the Niagara Falls Housing Authority Family Resource Building.Councilman Andrew M. Walker suggested more active recruitment of minority officers, and Mayor Jacob A. Palillo said he hoped more community…

The Wilson School Board Tuesday heard a plea from a parent to settle a contract with the district's teachers who have been working without a contract since the end of the 1990-91 school year.Mary Sippel said conditions at Thomas Marks Elementary School were "cold and uninviting" for today's first day of school as teachers begin another year without a contract. She said th…

Students at Lewiston-Porter Central School will be able to "touch the world" when the 1993 World University Games soccer matches come to Lew-Port next summer, School Superintendent Walter S. Polka said Friday at a ground-breaking ceremony for the soccer fields.The soccer games will make Lew-Port "home to the world" and will offer students a chance to study many other cultu…

The County Legislature cut aid to libraries by almost 30 percent, or nearly $100,000 last year, but the NIOGA Library System's board of trustees has requested $346,500 for 1993 and plans to fight any further cuts through an educational program.The library's executive director, Mary L. Brink, Tuesday told the board, which represents 11 libraries in Niagara County, four in O…

Under a new program unanimously adopted by the Niagara Falls School Board Thursday, students will be guaranteed educational excellence and be prepared for successful employment or they can come back until they are properly trained.The Niagara Falls School District was selected in 1990 as one of 70 schools in the state to develop this pilot program that will be used as a…

Under a new program unanimously adopted by the Niagara Falls School Board on Thursday, students will be guaranteed educational excellence and be prepared for successful employment or they can come back until they are properly trained.The Niagara Falls School District was selected in 1990 as one of 70 schools in the state to develop this pilot program that will be used as …

A $10.7 million master plan for the 390-acre Wilson Tuscarora State Park off Route 18 was unveiled by the state Office of Parks and Recreation Wednesday night.Most of the nearly 70 residents who attended a public hearing on the plan favored the state's recommendations.Under the plan, a 50-50 balance would be maintained between recreational uses and the park's scenic and n…

Two Lewiston-Porter School Board members Tuesday assailed the Orleans-Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services, saying they were not informed about plans that would bring the Niagara-Wheatfield school district into a shared business and technology program that could ultimately affect Lewiston-Porter teachers.The Lewiston-Porter School Board had voted, 6-0, to cont…

Area parents wishing to find something productive for their children to do this summer can turn to Kidventures at the Kenan Center, a summer program for children 4 to 10 years old.Kidventures offers six weeks of programs, on topics from hatching a brine shrimp to performing Pinocchio. Each week has a central theme and a field trip at the end of the week."Kidventures is r…

Despite legal questions and financial concerns, the Greater Lewiston Porter Foundation said Thursday the proposed soccer fields will be built at Lewiston-Porter Central School for the 1993 World University Games."This is more than just an issue of the World University Games," Lewiston-Porter School Board member Thomas Baia told foundation members. "The fields will be here …

A small but vocal group of residents who still live in a part of the Love Canal area that is deemed unhabitable Wednesday vented their anger over 15 years of frustration.They spoke at a meeting on future plans for the area and took issue with a state plan the would turn their neighborhood into an industrial park.The area includes 48 acres in Niagara Falls and 16 in Wheat…