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Jeffrey Sortisio, principal at Frontier Central High School, has been named superintendent of the Fredonia Central School District. Sortisio, who has been principal since 2008, will start his new job July 21, when interim Superintendent Laura Pless steps down.  Paul DiFonzo retired in March after 14 years as superintendent. “When looking for another new challenge …

A firearms safety event with representatives from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms will be held at 11 a.m. July 8 at Empact America of New York, 7615 Seneca St., East Aurora. Topics to be covered include gun safety for new and existing gun owners and information on Second Amendment rights. The event is being spon…

When Catholic Health System made plans to offer methadone, suboxone and other medications to drug-dependent patients in Amherst, it wanted to do that at its existing outpatient drug treatment center on Sheridan Drive. But the clinic's landlord balked at drugs being distributed there and refused to renew the lease. That meant Catholic Health had to seek a new location…

A $10.8 million project to convert a vacant former Methodist church on Richmond Avenue into a performing arts campus is getting $395,600 in tax breaks through the Erie County Industrial Development Agency. The subsidies were approved by the IDA board Wednesday for developers Rachel Ann and Ryan Heckl's project to turn the former Richmond Methodist Episcopal Church at 46…

The five-day hearing to determine whether Carl P. Paladino should be removed from his seat on the Buffalo School Board has now concluded after both attorneys finished giving their closing statements. Both attorneys delivered those final remarks Wednesday morning. Frank W. Miller, who is representing those board members seeking Paladino's removal said the disclosure o…

Barbecue doesn’t call for the choicest parts of the animal, rare spices or innovative ideas. Instead, it involves gnarly cuts, simple seasonings and some of the oldest cooking techniques known to civilization to produce breathtaking results. The best barbecue is the one that makes you happy, but my search reminded me of the axiom: If it needs sauce to satisfy, you nee…

William D. Reuter isn't railing against chargebacks anymore. As chief financial officer for Erie Community College, Reuter spent years arguing against the chargeback fees imposed upon counties for residents who attend community colleges outside their home counties. Community colleges largely benefit from chargebacks, which are meant to supplement their main revenues: tu…

Arthur Wingerter, the president of Univera Healthcare, has been named chairman of the Invest Buffalo Niagara board of directors. Wingerter replaces Randall L. Clark, the Dunn Tire chairman and president, who has been Invest Buffalo Niagara's chairman on two separate occasions. Also named to the Invest Buffalo Niagara board were: vice chairman, Douglas Dimitroff, Phil…

Most people working in Hamburg Town Hall looked forward to a bonus every summer: they got to leave a half hour early, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Town Supervisor Steven J. Walters called the custom "a very old policy that was initially brought on due to the lack of air conditioning in this world during the summer hours." He noted that air conditioning has sinc…

April 2 was an emotional day for Maj. Patrick Miller. It was three years to the day since the Allegany native faced down a killer who shot and killed three other soldiers before shooting Miller in the abdomen at Fort Hood, Texas. He was one of 16 to survive the mass shooting. "Hard to believe it's been three years," he tweeted on the day. Since that day he looks …

A $2.84 million project to reconstruct part of Sweet Home Road in Amherst is complete. The project on Sweet Home, between Maple Road and the University at Buffalo entrance, involved replacing the existing pavement, installing two-way, center left turn lanes to reduce the number of accidents and rebuilding crosswalks and sidewalks. In addition, pedestrian signals and …

Amos Hertzler was born with a rare condition in which the esophagus does not connect to the stomach. But on May 2, the 6-year-old boy from Cattaraugus County underwent a successful surgery at Children's Hospital in Boston, Mass., to attach a piece of his small intestine to his esophagus. His parents are hopeful their son's feeding pump can soon be removed as he learns …

Williamsville is officially a Clean Energy Community. The state conferred the title on the village for its efforts to reduce energy use, cut costs and promote renewable energy. The village completed four of 10 high-impact clean energy actions identified by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority as part of the initiative. To earn the designat…

Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity is celebrating a $2.25 million donation. The gift, donated by a family from outside Western New York, will go to the organization's $12 million capital campaign to improve the Our Lady of Victory campus and its program sites in Lackawanna. "This is the single largest gift Our Lady of Victory has ever received from a private donor,…