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OLCOTT – Sometimes the future is sparked by a memory of the past.This is the case in Olcott, where Rosemary Sansone looked at a dilapidated carousel roundhouse, recalled blissful times as a child and saw promise where many others just saw neglect.It took years, perseverance, money, luck and the work of many, many volunteers to make it work, but the Olcott Beach Carousel …

NORTH TONAWANDA – Imagine discovering Grandma’s attic full of treasured memories of the past. Then imagine all of the Grandma’s attics in North Tonawanda gathered in one place.That is the North Tonawanda History Museum.Executive Director Donna Zellner Neal said the all-volunteer museum began as a vagabond collection in people’s homes in 2003. It moved into a 300-sq…

James “Macky” Moberly was born in Burlington, Vt., but the West Side of Buffalo is in his blood.As owner of Macky’s Essex Street Pub, Moberly, 41, has invested much of his life in the tavern on Rhode Island Street. He started working there at age 14 as a dishwasher learning the business from former owner Peter Goretti.Moberly’s pub, located in an 1883 building, ori…

Matt Glynn, Charlie Specht and Stephen T. Watson may have penned the latest piece on failed mega-projects in Buffalo (in today's Spotlight section), but they weren't the first to do so. Former News Staff Reporter Dave Condren in 1987 wrote this magazine take-out titled "The Buffalo That Might Have Been," which goes to show you that as much as things cha…

LancasterThe Lancaster Board of Education last week approved several administrative appointments at its meeting on Monday.Marie Perini, who has been director of secondary education at the Lancaster School District since 2007, was recommended by new Superintendent Michael J. Vallely, to be his successor in the role of assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction and …

DepewThe state Department of Transportation is continuing work on the culvert and bridge rehabilitation project on Route 78, Transit Road, in the village of Depew, resulting in new travel restrictions beginning at 9 a.m. Monday.Transit Road, between George Urban Boulevard and French Road, will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Access to and from Columbia Avenue and…

LackawannaFor the second year in a row, the Lackawanna City Council overrode Mayor Geoffrey M. Szymanski’s vetoes and approved a budget with fewer city expenses than what the mayor had proposed.Council members voted 5-0 during a special meeting on Thursday in favor of a $23.9 million spending plan that will cut residential taxes by less than 1 percent and reduce commerci…

As one warm Friday afternoon crept into the evening, John Herberger’s kind of heaven was coming to an end, like the slices of blueberry pie scraped clean off the plates by the checkerboard. ¶ This would be the fifth and last game in his Akron apartment before Kenneth Shoesmith, 76, made the trip back across the bridge to Hamilton, Ont. Herberger, ranked as one of the …

Southern Erie CountyThe Lake Shore Central School Board re-elected its president and vice president during its reorganization meeting last week.Jennifer Michalec and Carla Thompson were unanimously re-elected to as president and vice president.It was the first meeting for new board members William Connors Jr. and Jennifer Farrell, who were sworn in by District Clerk Kristi…

City TowerAnnounced: 2006Location: 85 W. Mohawk St., at South Elmwood AvenueDescription: British developer Bashar Issa, who first bought the Statler Towers, envisioned the largest skyscraper in Buffalo. The 40-story tower of offices, hotel rooms and condo units had price tag of $361 million. Issa expected to start construction in 2008 and finish by 2010.Quote: “It will g…

On Thursday afternoon, about 30 minutes into my meeting with Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, the first-term politician rose from his swivel chair and walked into a room near his office on the 16th floor of the Rath County Office Building.The sound of rummaging could be briefly heard. I exchanged quizzical looks with the executive’s press secretary, Peter Anderson, …

HamburgThe Frontier School District, now launching a search for a new superintendent following the announcement this week by James C. Bodziak that he will retire in September, has triggered some special board meetings.The School board plans to meet at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in an executive session to address a personnel matter and a contractual matter. Both those items were ind…

Orchard ParkOrchard Park Town Board members have designated Town Clerk Carol Hutton to receive notice of claims served on the secretary of state.A recent change in state law allows someone suing the town to serve a notice of claim on the secretary of state. If the board had not taken action, the town would not have gotten a copy of claims delivered to the secretary of stat…

Aurora/East AuroraThis week the Aurora Historical Society will celebrate one of the first steps toward a statue of native son and former U.S. president, Millard Fillmore. From 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday refreshments will be served and preliminary plans displayed at the Millard Fillmore House Museum, 24 Shearer Avenue.Visitors will have a chance to walk through the house and look…

ClarenceBlues music will rock Clarence starting Saturday and continuing Sunday during the ninth annual Rock the Barn festival at 9015 Main St., east of Shimerville Road.Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King, as well as Albert Castiglia and Canadian performer Chuck Jackson’s Big Bad Blues Band will headline the event, which benefits Meals on Wheels. Music goes from 3 p.m. to 1…