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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


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After training six to seven days a week, 11 months a year since they were in preschool, three local teens came home from Lillehammer, Norway, with gold medals. The girls represented the United States at the championships for the World Federation of National Baton Twirling Associations, which was held March 28 to April 1. The world event takes place every three years. …

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When the nearly century-old Huntley Station power plant closed in 2016, nearby industries along the River Road corridor in the Town of Tonawanda were left scrambling to find other sources for the nearly 19 million gallons in untreated water they received from the plant every day to use as coolants in their manufacturing processes. The plant's closure also blew a hole in…

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The City of Tonawanda Common Council voted in favor of keeping Young Street closed for another three months, between Delaware and Main Street, but will continue to study whether to keep the closure permanent. The street has been closed since December. At Tuesday's Council meeting, Brenda Doll, of the City of Tonawanda, presented 200 signatures from people against per…

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The Spaulding Commerce Center was celebrated in 2012 for its transformation from a contaminated industrial site in the City of Tonawanda into a modern business park. But despite the more than $20.6 million investment by multiple agencies into the 47-acre site – the Spaulding Fibre Plant for more than 100 years – it remained a vacant lot since opening. On Tuesday, the…

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The Hourly Employees Association of the Town of Tonawanda, the town's largest union with nearly 200 members, has voted 112 to 69 to ratify a contract after six years without a contract. The contract, approved last week by hourly workers in the town's highway, parks water and sewer departments, will include raises each year through 2024. Retirees will have free health ca…

Education

The Grand Island School District will hold an active shooter lockdown drill on May 22 on the campus of the Grand Island High School and Middle School, 1100 Ransom Road. The drill will take place during the morning hours and involve a scenario where an intruder has entered the campus with the intent to do harm. Student actors and simulated gunfire in the high school will…

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Solar by CIR will be available to meet with Grand Island residents interested in pursuing solar power through the Solarize Grand Island program from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Town Hall Courtroom, 2255 Baseline Road. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Clean Energy program offers incentives to pursue renewable energy. Residents and business…

The Clarence Town Board Wednesday reviewed three concept plans for development – including a townhouse development, a manufactured home park and an expansion of a medical office building. All three were sent to the Planning Board for review. They included: The Abbey, at 6449 Transit Road, owned by Russell Salvatore Jr., plans an expansion of the current mixed retai…

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Vivian Washington grew up in the Sheridan-Parkside neighborhood. She graduated from Kenmore West in 2009 and went on to graduate from the University at Buffalo and Boston University School of Law. She moved back home and is now an attorney practicing in Buffalo. Earlier this week, she was one of the people who crowded into a Tonawanda Town Board meeting to ask officials…

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The Clarence Town Board Wednesday granted a one-year conditional permit for outside dining to Rule 26. The restaurant recently opened in The Dome at 8230 Wehrle Drive. The board heard from several residents who live across the street on Foxwood Lane who had complaints about lighting at The Dome. "My backyard is like daylight at 11 p.m.," said Michael Songin of Fox…

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The redesign of Parker Boulevard will be the subject of a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in DFK Pavilion in Lincoln Park on Parker Boulevard. Putting in a roundabout is part of the discussion, but not a done deal, said Town Supervisor Joseph Emminger. "There's no decision on the final design," he said. A temporary mini-roundabout, set up in August, was calle…

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Owner Russell Salvatore Jr. wants to add eight townhouses with garages to The Abbey, his two-story project of upscale apartments and retail development on Transit Road that opened last year in Clarence. But because it would exceed a zoning restriction of six units on the property, the plan is expected to come under scrutiny when it is presented to the Clarence Town Boar…

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After six years of name calling, billboards and picketing outside of Town Board meetings, the Town of Tonawanda and the Hourly Employees Association of the Town of Tonawanda, the town's largest union, appear to be close to a settlement. Councilman John A. Bargnesi Jr. said prior to the board meeting on Monday that both sides settled on a proposed agreement after a marat…

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For years, veterans on Grand Island have been planning to expand a park dedicated to a World War II hero who received the Medal of Honor for stepping into the line of fire to provide an escape for his platoon in Normandy. But a plan to erect a statue in the park depicting the soldier, Charles DeGlopper, in battle has landed in the center of debate after a committee that…

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Beautiful tree-lined streets are no accident in the Town of Tonawanda, which has been certified as a Tree City USA for more than 20 years. The Kenmore Garden Club, the Ken-Ton Garden Club, Praxair and the Town of Tonawanda Commission for Conservation of the Environment will celebrate its recertification with a tree dedication ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday at Kenney Field. T…