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Annie Draves was on her way to work when she spotted smoke, so she took a detour to see if anyone needed help. She arrived at 210 Fletcher St. at 5:30 p.m. last Wednesday before any fire trucks had arrived, and she saw 102-year-old Grace Sairo standing in a smoke-filled doorway screaming for help. Draves and another unidentified passer-by got out of their cars and helpe…

City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis' proposal to reassign seven part-time seasonal parks attendants to new positions is drawing some criticism, including from city Recreation Director Mandy Loffts. Loffts told the Common Council at its meeting Tuesday night that no one asked her about any proposed changes to her department. Loffts said she learned  from social media …

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The City of Tonawanda Common Council is eyeing a $1 million plan to improve the city's public waterfront docking facilities. Four municipal dock locations would be upgraded if the city obtains the necessary funding. They are located on the Erie Canal, along Young Street, where local vendors provide kayaks and paddleboard rentals, and along the Niagara River in Niawanda …

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Beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, the New York Thruway Authority will close one eastbound lanes on Interstate 290, in the vicinity of Exit 2, at Colvin Boulevard, as it continues roadwork on the I-290 bridge over Colvin Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda. The eastbound highway will be reduced to two lanes with the right lane closed for about two weeks. Work could be delay…

Montante Solar has finished work on one of the first community solar energy projects in Western New York. The 99-kilowatt solar array at the Riverview Solar Technology Park in Tonawanda is made up of 360 solar panels mounted on the roof of one of the park's buildings, at 600 Riverwalk Parkway. Community solar projects allow residents or businesses that can't install …

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The overnight parking ban in the Town of Tonawanda begins Nov. 1. Winter parking on all streets in the town will be prohibited between 2 and 6 a.m. until April 1, town police said. Parking tickets will be issued beginning Nov. 1, police said. Police also reminded residents that town code prohibits parking motor vehicles or trailers on the landscaped portion of any fr…

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The decision by the Boy Scouts of America to allow girls into the organization inspired a mixed response in Scouting ranks in the Buffalo Niagara region. The head of the region's largest group for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts said he thought the change would be well-received by parents of a daughter who wants to follow their brother into Cub Scouts. A veteran Northtowns…

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Fall is here and the Kenmore Village Improvement Society has spent hours decorating the Delaware Avenue Village Green and gazebo areas with cornstalks, scarecrows, lights, straw, leaves and ribbons to celebrate the season. But they won't take too much time to rest on their hay stacks, holiday decorating planning sessions will take place at 7 p.m. Monday at the Community…

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Chris Kaszynski seems to be blessed with lucky numbers. The Kenmore West junior was born on the auspicious date of 01-01-01 and he will soon become Boy Scout Troop 104's 100th Eagle Scout. Chris' Eagle Scout project was to renovate and spruce up  The Teacher's Desk in Buffalo, which provides free school supplies to teachers in low income school districts. He organi…

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Tonawanda Main Street will offer a special Food Truck Thursday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 on Main and Adam streets in the City of Tonawanda. The city will close Main Street, between Broad and Niagara streets, during the event to try out new streetscape techniques, such as public art and flexible seating. Joy Kuebler Landscape will be on Main Street conducting activit…

The City of Tonawanda Common Council has approved parking, stopping and standing restrictions during school hours on Fletcher Street, near the high school/middle school, and prohibited parking on Roosevelt Street near the library. "The main entrance to the school was becoming dangerous, especially during morning drop-offs," said Fourth Ward Councilman Tim Toth. Super…

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In a way, Capt. Michael E. Neufeld was reunited with the aircraft he was nearly killed in more than 45 years ago. The Vietnam War helicopter pilot was shot down Jan. 19, 1972 and survived a violent landing in a rice paddy. Neufeld died in 2011 at age 64 from the effects of Agent Orange exposure. But his family brought Neufeld's ashes Thursday from Kansas to Tonawa…

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Green Acres Animal Hospital presented a plan to triple its size at its site at 2060 Niagara Falls Blvd., and centralize its office staff from four other locations at the expanded Tonawanda site. The hospital, which was built in 2004, is currently 4,500 square feet. The  preliminary drawing presented to the Town of Tonawanda Planning Board for its approval shows a two-s…

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After nine month of discussion, the Town of Tonawanda Planning Board decided Wednesday to forward new wind turbine and cell tower codes to the Town Board for its approval. Although both codes are separate, each addresses some of the same issues of changing technology and aesthetics, such as height and location. "We've spent an awful lot of time on this," Chairman Ken…

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The Town of Tonawanda plans to seek a grant for the $50 million Veterans Village project, which would build housing for 130 homeless veterans in the town and provide outreach services, medical care and job training. The town voted earlier this week to apply for grant funding from the Empire State Development's RESTORE NY program. Councilman John Bargnesi Jr. called t…