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Teresa Sharp


Two Newfane brothers hold a patent on an invention that might be a pipe dream come true for municipalities that struggle with their public sewage systems.While working for the Town of Newfane's Department of Public Works in the early 1990s, Nick Adinolfe came up with a simple solution to a vexing problem in this region's climate.Repeatedly called out to fix sewer vent or r…

In stark contrast to last fall, Royalton taxpayers are looking at a slight increase in town taxes in 2008, according to the supervisor's tentative budget.Town Clerk Marie Little said she will present the budget to the Town Board at 3:30 p.m. today at a special meeting in Town Hall, 5316 Royalton Center Road, "so [board members] can start making their recommendations on the…

A banner over the new outdoor mural in the village reads, "Middleport, N.Y.: A Friendly Community," and Albion artist Stacey Kirby said she now knows just what that means.Kirby spent the past several weeks carefully painting the side of the brick building at State and Main streets, and she reveled in the reactions of passers-by of all ages."There have been so many peopl…

When there's a hint of frost in the air and the boughs of the apple trees are laden with fruit, folks are ready to celebrate the annual Apple Harvest Festival in this lakeside town.Sponsored by the Town of Newfane Historical Society, the free festival is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Sunday on the Hrvol House Museum Grounds at West Creek and Ide roads.Old favorites will r…

WILSON -- Facing a liver transplant at age 42, Kevin Hanes has looked at distance in a new light during the past several months.Hanes has learned that the love of his wife, Karen, knows no bounds, as she will become his "live liver donor" in a procedure less than 20 years old.He has found out how long it takes to get to Rochester's Strong Memorial Hospital in anticipation …

The Republican primary race for Royalton supervisor will serve merely as a dress rehearsal for the general election.Regardless of the primary outcome, the two candidates will square off again Nov. 6, as incumbent Supervisor Calvin W. Rhoney is also endorsed by the Conservative and Independence parties, while Town Councilman Richard J. Lang also has the Democratic nod.Mean…

The Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival and Highland Games promises a boisterous slate of entertainment next weekend on the shore of Lake Ontario.Live music, Irish and Scottish dancers, and an ancient strongman competition highlight the two-day festival, which starts Saturday. Other attractions include artisans and merchants at an expanded marketplace and food court, and a va…

The Miller Hose Company celebrated the opening of its new, state-of-the-art, $1.6 million fire hall Sunday on McKee Street with great fanfare.There were guided tours during the open house; the decommissioning of the old hall and removal of the 1952 time capsule; a parade from the old hall at 2737 Main St. to the new hall at 6161 McKee St.; the "christening" of the new hall…

Thirteen-year-old Brandon Culverwell fishes nearly every day, often walking or riding his bike to the revamped Wilson Pier.As a budding conservationist, he recently came up with an idea to clean up the pier's picturesque walkways, which are often littered with dead fish -- namely, gobies.The gobies -- inedible to humans -- are a nuisance to local anglers, snapping up good …

Organizers of Wilson's Wet and Wild Triathlon to benefit local charities drew a record 320 participants last August. This weekend, they hope to exceed that number.The triathlon is scheduled for Saturday. Participants may register from 6 to 8 a.m. at the Wilson Boat House. The race begins at 9 a.m.The fee is $65 and includes a "dry-fit" shirt and chicken dinner, race direc…

Visitors are invited to reminisce as they peruse old postcards, souvenirs and memorabilia from the hamlet's glory days during Old Olcott Days, which concludes today.The weekend festival runs from noon to 5 p.m. today.The annual event, celebrating Olcott's history as a major trolley destination a century ago, began Saturday at the Olcott Beach Carousel Park, 5976 Ontario St…

Encouraged by the slow but steady cleanup of a dilapidated downtown, local merchants feel the tide may be turning for this lakeside hamlet that has long struggled to recapture its early glory days."It's such a beautiful area, and there's no reason why it can't be the place to be," said Kathy Lamonte, owner of two businesses in the Lakeview Village Shoppes overlooking Lak…

Area businesses are eagerly awaiting the ripple effect the Youngstown Level Regatta will soon provide.Thousands are expected in coming days for what is touted as one of the country's largest freshwater sailboat races.The races run Saturday and Sunday, but associated events start as early as today."It's like our Super Bowl coming up," said Angelo Ashker, owner of Ashker's C…

Uniquely situated where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario, the village will host its first professional walleye tournament this weekend, drawing professional teams from across the northeast and Canada.On Saturday and Sunday, the Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit will use Youngstown as one of three Eastern Division sites as a qualifier leading up to its world championship…

The Town Board will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday to consider extending the terms of office for the supervisor and tax collector from two to four years.After gathering public input, if the board adopts a local law changing the terms, the matter will go to a referendum during the Nov. 6 general election.Last month, Town Councilman Thomas J. Thompson introduced t…