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When Alfred T. “Oppy” Leous received a tip from his brother-in-law to avoid serving in the Army in World War II, he took it to heart.Dick Willett, married to Leous’ twin sister, Olive Jean, had told him how unhappy he was in the Army and that Leous should do whatever he could to avoid that branch of the service.“I went to the Coast Guard, and they said I was too sh…

Town of TonawandaJim Simmons is stepping down today from the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board as his term expires. Simmons, 45, an optometrist who works at Olmsted Center for Sight, recounted a list of accomplishments at his final board meeting earlier this month, including an increase in the number of Advanced Placement exams taken, improved graduation rates and kee…

The “scrapper,” who won his legal battle against the Town of Tonawanda in February, was again issued a citation for unauthorized removal of trash – this time in the Village of Kenmore. Don DalFonso, who appeared Tuesday in Village Court to dispute the claim, denies the charge and said police are again singling him out.Judge Scott F. Riordan issued a not-guilty plea o…

Sid Cranston of Wilson and his 2-year-old mixed breed, Benson, won the owner look-alike contest for their matching grey beards.Becket Panfil, 13, of Angola and his Yorkiepoo, Horton, won best trick when the dog rolled to his side and played dead.And Christine Feliciano of Buffalo took home the best costume award for dressing up her beagle, Lola, in a pink dress and baby’…

Ask Angela Stockman to tell you about her WNY Young Writers’ Studio and she’ll identify some of the key components to any good story – a beginning, main character and problem.In her work as an literacy consultant for area school districts, she heard from parents and teachers who wished for a place where creative writing could be nurtured year-round in elementary, mid…

Town of TonawandaDogs and their humans are welcome today from noon to 4 p.m. at Mang Park for the third annual Dog Days of Kenmore.New this year is a dog parade at 3 p.m. led by “Phoenix,” the Jack Russell terrier puppy who survived being doused with lighter fluid and set on fire in October.Contests for best trick, best costume, and owner look-alike will be held at 2:1…

The Village of Kenmore was faulted for its wastewater treatment practices in an audit released Thursday by the State Comptroller’s Office.“Village officials have not made a substantive effort to use available resources to gain a better understanding of wastewater treatment processes and costs and do not adequately review invoices, analyze lab reports, repair identified…

The rescuers tried their best Monday night to save a teen they found floating on the Erie Canal at Ellicott Creek Island.But the young man they pulled from the water died Tuesday night at Erie County Medical Center.Brian P. Murphy was out on a leisurely kayaking trip Monday evening with his two sons and two of friends, looking for turtles among the logs near shore at Elli…

Final approval for architectural site plans will be given by the Town of Tonawanda Planning Board under a new law passed Monday night by the Town Board. Approval had previously been given by the town’s building department.The town is thought to be the last municipality in the county to transfer this power to its planning board, according to Councilman John A. Bargnesi Jr…

Town of TonawandaThe Ken-Ton School District’s application to a selective federal program that provides no- or low-interest loans and grants which can be used for building renovations and other capital projects has been approved, Gerald Stuitje, assistant superintendent of finance, said at Tuesday’s School Board meeting.The district met the requirements for the Qualifi…

After more than three years of waiting, the Western New York communities that host the Seneca Nation of Indians’ three casinos will get the money they’ve been owed.Niagara Falls, the Salamanca area and the City of Buffalo will receive a total of $140 million that had been held up because of a dispute between the Seneca Nation and the state.Under a deal announced Thursd…

Thursday started like any other weekday for Shirley Hernandez. As she has for the last 47 years, the Kenmore Middle School lunch monitor arrived at 11:15 a.m. and kept a watchful eye as the school’s 650 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders ate in the cafeteria.But this school day ended on a special note for the 85-year-old woman when an award in her name was established t…

The local YMCA is again offering free fitness classes in parks throughout the area this summer, through a program co-sponsored by Independent Health. This year, the program expanded into Niagara County, as sessions are being held at Artpark in Lewiston.The “Fitness in the Parks” program offers classes such as pilates, yoga and cardio dance at eight parks: Artpark, Bass…

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board on Tuesday tried to satisfy critics of a consolidation study by directing the superintendent to investigate the prices that two district-owned properties could fetch if they were put up for sale.The call to analyze the value and use of the administration building at 1500 Colvin Blvd. and the former Philip Sheridan Elementary Schoo…