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The Kenmore Village Improvement Society honored retired teacher, World War II veteran, accomplished violinist and dedicated volunteer Daniel Rydzynski at its meeting last week. Rydzynski, 96, received special recognition from the society for his contributions to society and his community. His daughter, Bette Hulley, who is a society board member, said that her father…

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Canal Fest of the Tonawandas will offer a wide variety of food fixes beginning Sunday, but missing will be two organizations that sold ethnic favorites – pierogi and Italian sausage sandwiches – at the festival for decades. The Renaissance Club won't be at Canal Fest with its sausage sandwiches with onions and peppers. Nor will Our Lady of Czestochowa church, which …

The Town of Tonawanda and the Village of Kenmore have been awarded over $1.5 million in Community Development Block Grant funds to repair homes owned by low- to moderate-income residents and for infrastructure repairs in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods. An additional $191,983 will provide assistance for major home repairs and will also aid first-time home buyers, …

Oct. 7, 1918 – July 10, 2017 Mary M. Chimera, who made headlines at the age of 93 when she saved a neighbor from choking, died unexpectedly Monday in her home in Amherst. She was 98. In September 2012, she was en route by elevator to get her mail on the first floor of her apartment building when the doors opened on the second floor, revealing a friend who struggled…

The Canal Fest of the Tonawandas, a summer celebration along the banks of the Erie Canal, will turn 35 this year and will celebrate at its opening ceremonies at noon Sunday, July 16, on the Renaissance Bridge. The eight-day festival, a joint event by the cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda, includes music, a midway, food and a variety of special events. Some of t…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to essayist and philosopher Henry David Thoreau, born on this date in 1817, “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” . . . GIFT OF LIFE – All presenting donors will receive a T-shirt and a hot dog at the Unyts blood drive sponsored by the Town of Tonawanda from noon to 7 p.m. today in the B…

A complete transformation of Niagara Street -- from Niawanda Park to downtown shopping -- is just a dream for the City of Tonawanda. But, the Common Council voted Tuesday to seek a state consolidated funding grant of $75,000 which would be used towards a $150,000 feasibility study. The 2.2-mile stretch of land is currently a two-lane highway, with seven traffic signals…

Demand for blood in the summer months often exceeds supply and Unyts will hold a blood drive on Wednesday, July 12 from noon to 7 p.m. at the Brighton Fire Department, 50 Jamaica Road. Donors will receive a T-shirt and a hot dog. Brighton Fire Commissioner Walter Byers, an ambassador for the blood drive, urged fellow firefighters and their families to stop in and don…

The Town of Tonawanda has been talking about putting recycling totes in the hands of its residents for many months, but on Monday the Town Board gave the green light to order 30,000 covered bins at a cost of $1.3 million. Highway Superintendent Thomas C. Jones II told the board that the bins will be delivered on doorsteps in mid- to late August with curbside pickup begi…

Results of a plan to redevelop a wide swath of the Town of Tonawanda industrial corridor, labeled the Tonawanda Opportunity Area, will be shared at a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 13 at the Philip Sheridan Building Community Room, 3200 Elmwood Ave. The plan reflects community input received at a public meeting last year and input from stakeholders. The r…

The Ellwood Volunteer Fire Company in Kenmore was awarded $217,429 in federal funds that will be used to purchase self-contained breathing apparatus. The SCBA equipment provides breathable air to firefighters and rescue workers in smoke-filled situations. Ellwood Fire District No. 1 Commissioner Kelly Blount noted that the grant will allow the department to purchase …

A month after hundreds of ice hockey coaches, parents and players lobbied the Town of Tonawanda to build a new arena, the Town Board took a first step on Monday, agreeing to spend $23,000 for a feasibility study. Councilman Daniel Crangle said a town committee received 37 proposals from consultants, interviewed four finalists and recommended the town hire Ballard King a…

The Kenmore Volunteer Improvement Society will sponsor a free concert for children at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 11 on the front lawn of Kenmore Middle School, 155 Delaware Road. The concert is the first in the Franco's Pizza Kenmore Children's Concert Series. Featured performers will be the Frankfurters, who will perform traditional German-American music. The rain loca…

The Town of Tonawanda didn't shut its doors after its biggest taxpayer, the Huntley Power Plant, closed just over a year ago, eliminating 79 jobs and nearly $6 million a year in property tax revenue. Instead, new and existing businesses continue to invest and expand in the town, cushioning the blow to Tonawanda's economy. Employers have added "at least" 200 jobs in …