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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


Erie County

Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray will propose a radical change in town government at a Town Board work session Monday with a proposal to hire a town manager and cut salaries, including his own. He said personal attacks on him and other employees in executive sessions and gossip led him to propose the changes. The topic is one of more than 20 issues on the leng…

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A public hearing Tuesday on a comprehensive plan for the community's future did not elicit any comments, but city officials are still looking for feedback. The comprehensive is available online and in the City of Tonawanda Public Library. "These are ideas from residents that were put together in a document that people that long after us are going to be following," Mayor…

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The Tonawandas will begin offering walking tours of historic landmarks beginning with the Chamber of the Commerce of the Tonawanda's Heritage Tour. A ribbon cutting will be held at 4 p.m. May 19 at the center of the Renaissance Bridge at Webster and Main streets. An online narrative will feature 26 historical landmarks in both the City of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda. …

Erie County

It will be a family reunion of sorts when CBS News anchor Jeff Glor, '93, and his brothers, David, '99, and Richard, '94, join an impressive list of Kenmore East Alumni Association Hall of Distinction inductees. Jeff Glor has been a Buffalo-area booster at CBS, where he took the top national anchor spot in November. David Glor is an entrepreneur and brewmeister. Dr. Ric…

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The Town of Tonawanda is considering a plan to spend $9.7 million to buy street lights and the poles from National Grid convert all the light fixtures to LED lights. Joseph A. Crimi, a senior program manager for the New York Power Authority, said the annual savings would pay for the switch. He noted that the Authority could handle the design, community meetings, constru…

Erie County

U.S. Navy Commander Thomas Flaherty III, a Grand Island native, took over command of the USS Minnesota submarine on April 20 during a ceremony in New London, Conn. Flaherty takes over the Virginia class, nuclear-powered, fast-attack submarine from Commander Brian Tanaka, who completed a 50-month command tour that saw the Minnesota undergo maintenance and complete its fi…

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While box stores keep closing, developers are coming up with new ways to bring shoppers back. The Clarence Town Board this week approved a one-year conditional permit that would allow Benderson Development to set up a farmers market in the Eastgate Plaza parking lot, 5183 Transit Road, behind Moe's. The market will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, for 27 weeks, star…

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The West Shore Brewing Co. wants to become a destination with a beer garden that includes fire pits, outdoor games and live music. On Wednesday, the Clarence Town Board gave approval for the plan to go forward by granting a one-year conditional permit for outdoor dining. Josh Dziomba, who runs the brewery at 10995 Main St., with his father, Greg, and his wife, Laura,…

Clarence

Riding trails, solar panels and geothermal heating would be some of the features of Legacy Woods, a 50-lot equestrian community of upscale single-family homes planned for Newhouse Road in Clarence. A public hearing on the project was set for 6:15 p.m. May 23 by the Clarence Town Board Wednesday. The property is owned by Dr. Greg Daniel, who lives next door in a geoth…

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With help from New York, a well-known set of stairs are getting an upgrade. The Tonawanda Town Board on Monday announced it would receive a $180,000 grant from the state municipal facilities program to repair the stairs at the Kenmore-Tonawanda Municipal Building. It is due to receive a second grant for the same amount. "This will pay entirely for the new stairs, bot…

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Frank McNamara and Michael Paternostro aren't spending any time together in their new roles as school resource officers for Grand Island. But a work schedule might be the only thing the two retired police officers don't share. Both are fathers of large families, McNamara the father of five children, and Paternostro, the father of four; both are longtime residents of …

Erie County

An $8 million plan to upgrade the Brighton ice arena to a community ice center hit a roadblock last month when Tonawanda Town Board members rejected, 3-2, a $400,000 plan to begin a design and engineering study – saying they needed firmer numbers before going forward. The ice got even thinner this month. Some Town of Tonawanda residents have begun speaking out agains…

Clarence

Greg Daniel will appear before the Clarence Town Board on Wednesday to present his plan for an equestrian community and ask the board to set a public hearing. The subdivision of upscale single-family homes off Newhouse Road, dubbed "Legacy Woods," would include a horse farm and riding trails as the centerpiece. Daniel wants to locate the 59-acre subdivision next to h…

Crime

A 37-year-old man was charged with drunken driving Saturday after he hit another vehicle while driving the wrong way in Niagara Falls. A State Police patrol in Niagara Falls saw a vehicle driven by Courtney A. Sistrunk of Niagara Falls heading into oncoming traffic on Niagara Falls Boulevard, according to State Police Public Information Officer James O'Callahan. O'Ca…