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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


A second 100-kilowatt wind turbine has been installed at Triad Recycling in the Town of Tonawanda. The wind turbine was installed by Buffalo Renewables, a wind generation and solar installation company based in Niagara Falls. Triade Recycling, which specializes in the recycling of construction and demolition debris and waste management, will host a public open house …

Environment

The federal government will remove less Manhattan Project radioactive wastes from a closed Town of Tonawanda landfill than state and local officials wanted. But local officials said this week they're relieved the Army Corps of Engineers plans to do at least something. The Corps says that its  remediation – which includes removing a 5-foot layer of soil — is a co…

Town of Tonawanda

State and local leaders vowed Wednesday to find a new clean energy purpose for the shuttered Huntley Power Plant on River Road in the Town of Tonawanda. "We are determined not to allow Huntley to become, like Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna, sitting vacant and decaying for decades, to become an eyesore on the Tonawanda waterfront," Supervisor Joseph Emminger said. He s…

Erie County

Town of Tonawanda officials plan to issue an "Expression of Interest" to seek proposals from energy companies, site selectors and developers interested in redeveloping the Huntley Generating Station site in Tonawanda. The town officials will be joined by New York State, Erie County and Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda school district officials at a news conference Wednesday m…

A missing North Tonawanda woman and her 7-year-old daughter have been located, North Tonawanda police said Tuesday afternoon. Police agencies in Erie and Niagara counties were searching for Cynthia Kawaya and her daughter after receiving reports from the woman's family that they were concerned for her welfare. North Tonawanda police said they were found at about 2:4…

The Town of Tonawanda Coalition will host a free Financial Wellness and Resource Fair from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 2 in Room 113 of the Sheridan Parkside Building, 169 Parkside Drive. Information will be available from a number of community service groups to answer financial questions - from college financial aid and affordability to affording food, health insurance or housing…

Erie County

A school resource officer needs to be added to Grand Island schools, but should the position be full time or part time? That is the questions the Grand Island town and school boards. The Grand Island schools have been without a school resource officer since 2013, when an officer provided by State Police was discontinued. Trooper Chris Pyc, whose wife Lisa is the s…

Erie County

The "Helping Our Neighbors" food drive in the City of Tonawanda will collect food for needy families through Nov. 18. City Council President Jenna Koch said in an announcement that more than 130 families in the community will rely on local food pantries through the holidays. For a third year, Tops Markets has donated 110 turkeys. The public can drop off non-perish…

Erie County

After the closing of the Huntley Power Plant in 2016, a grassroots effort called Tonawanda Tomorrow looked at how the town could encourage economic development in its industrial corridor and beyond. Tonawanda Tomorrow concluded a 10-month study with it final report at the end of June, but the Tonawanda Town Board voted to continue the group's momentum by establishing a…

Erie County

A Tonawanda City Schools' "STEMrichment" initiative, which focused on hands-on learning and student collaboration, has earned the district an honorable designation by the Western New York Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Hub. The district was recently recognized at the WNY STEM Schools on the Move 2017 Awards. The STEM Hub has more than 700 individual me…

Erie County

The Tonawanda Town Board voted to purchase its first electric car for use by its building and electrical inspector and also will install a dedicated charging station for the vehicle. The 2018 Chevy Volt will be purchased for $29,987. It will replace a vehicle more than 11 years old, said Councilman William Conrad. The purchase, along with a Solarize Tonawanda campa…

Erie County

The Town of Clarence set a public hearing on its proposed 2018 budget for 6 p.m. Nov. 15. The preliminary $23.3 million spending plan is up $1 million from the current budget, but Supervisor Patrick Casilio said growth in the town has been able to offset increases. "We've kept (the tax rate) the same or less for a long time," Casilio said. The general fund tax rat…

Erie County

Three Town of Tonawanda volunteer fire departments will offer three days of Halloween fun and parades for kids on Saturday, Sunday and on Tuesday, which is Halloween. The Ellwood Volunteer Fire Company parade will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Highland Plaza and march to the fire hall, where there will be a costume contest, games, gift bags, entertainment and refreshm…

Erie County

The Kenmore Village Improvement Society (KVIS) will host a celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote in New York State at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at the Village Green in front of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Municipal Building, 2819 Delaware Ave. The free program will include stories of the efforts to win the vote and quotes by notable suffragists…

Local News

Facing a demand for space in its North Youngmann Commerce Center, the Tonawanda Town Board has agreed to allow National Grid to build a new substation on Two Mile Creek to provide additional power to the business park. The new substation, which borders the City of Tonawanda, will also provide power to the "Hill" area of the city and its vacant 46-acre Spaulding Commerce…