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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


Shorter office hours and longer lines are expected in the Niagara County Automobile Bureau offices as the staff faces severe cuts, according to County Clerk George D. Maziarz.Layoffs of more than half the staff in the Automobile Bureau offices in Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda and Lockport are anticipated because the Niagara County Legislature cut the county clerk's budg…

Mild weather during the winter prompted hopes that the Maid of the Mist tour boats would get an early start this season in the Lower Niagara River, but a wintry March has put the boating season on hold."If you had asked us three weeks ago, when the weather was real nice, we might have told you the Maid of the Mist would be launched April 10," spokeswoman Kathleen Ordiway…

Only a handful of residents attended a public hearing Monday on the proposed $7 million remediation plan for Gill Creek, at the point where it runs between the Olin and Du Pont plants from Buffalo Avenue to the Robert Moses Parkway.Representatives of the state Department of Environmental Conservation said they expect cleanup efforts to begin this summer.One of the few ques…

About 80 members of the Hamm Road Neighborhood Association met with town officials Wednesday to voice their concerns over a proposed new Tops Superstore on a 16- to 17-acre site at Transit and Hamm roads that is now zoned residential.The new store would replace the current store less than a quarter mile away.Supervisor Floyd D. Snyder told residents that plans were only i…

Voters in four villages in Orleans County went to the polls Tuesday. The results follow:Medina In a race for three trustee seats, Patrick O'Brien, Citizens Party, polled 486 votes; Anthony C. Gunther, Concerned Citizens, 483 votes, and incumbent Melvin H. Miller, Independent Party, 399 votes. They defeated incumbent Irene Dunn, Citizens Party, with 369 votes; incumbent Be…

The Wilson Central School Board has reinstated a tenured teacher who was suspended last month after allegedly striking a student.Superintendent Richard J. Zipp, who has declined to name the teacher involved in the incident, said the teacher was suspended for violating a board policy forbidding corporal punishment.He has also noted that this was not the teacher's first off…

In the age before television, extended families often lived under one roof and would gather around the fire to share stories about the past.In today's busy society, with extended families scattered all over the country, that tradition is threatened.But a group of senior citizens is working to make sure the memories live on.A program, called "HISSTOP" or HIStory Sharing Thr…

Barbara Bundy, supervisor of instruction for the city school district, will be the first woman to head an annual fund-raising drive for the United Way of Niagara when she takes over as chairwoman of the 1993 campaign.Ms. Bundy's selection as head of next year's drive was announced at the United Way's 68th annual meeting and awards luncheon Thursday in the Ramada Inn that …

The Town Board Thursday voted unanimously to withdraw an application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build a boat launch near Stella Niagara Education Park.Several residents spoke against the launch that would have been located in an area known as Stella Niagara Flats, off River Road, saying that the facility would create traffic hazards, interfere with fishing and…

A tenured Wilson Central High School teacher has been suspended by Superintendent Richard J. Zipp for allegedly striking a student.Zipp on Tuesday asked the School Board to review the incident. Board policy specifically forbids corporal punishment.Zipp declined to name the teacher, but he said it was not the man's first offense."I would like the board to review my decision…

After more than two hours in a closed executive session Thursday night, the School Board still is not ready to make any public recommendations on cuts, layoffs or other measures that would help the district close a potential shortfall of more than $4.5 million in the 1992-93 budget.Superintendent William L. Sdao apologized for having nothing to report on a strategy to cl…

They look like anyone's grandmother, and if you saw one of these ladies on the street, you probably wouldn't give her a second look.But several times a month, these ladies transform themselves into the immensely popular and very funny ragtag band, the Kitchen Bag Ladies.Since 1985, up to 30 women 55 to 78 years old have dressed up in the wildest costumes they can create a…

The cost of waste collection and disposal for the Town of Wilson will more than quadruple next year but residents will feel no direct impact on their taxes because the entire cost iwill be paid by the town's share of sales tax receipts.The new contract with Modern Landfill of Lewiston is estimated to raise the town's garbage collection cost by more than 300 percent, from …

A more-than-capacity crowd jammed the Starpoint School Board boardroom Thursday for a public information session on a proposed $10 million reconstruction and expansion project.Growing enrollment, the need for major repairs and the availability of 73 percent state funding moved the board to propose the $10 million bond project.A referendum on the proposal will be held from…

Several alternate plans to develop the 390-acre Wilson-Tuscarora State Park were unveiled at a public information session Tuesday night by Mario J. Pirastru, western regional director of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.Plans for developing the largely brush and wilderness areas include golf courses, driving ranges, a Frisbee course, cross…