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SUNSET BAY – A proposed water park and hotel in Irving got a $700,000 loan Thursday from the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency. The loan was announced during the Chautauqua County Legislature’s Planning and Economic Development Committee meeting held in Cabana Sam’s Restaurant in Sunset Bay. Legislator George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, a member of the com…

The 12-year-old bicyclist who was freed from beneath a car on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda Thursday evening has died, police reported this morning. The boy’s name was not released. Several passersby lifted the vehicle off the boy after he was struck and pinned beneath the vehicle at the intersection of Sheridan Drive and Delaware Road. Although police are cont…

NIAGARA FALLS – How will the story of the former Schoellkopf Power Station, which was destroyed in 1956 in a gorge collapse, be told?An advisory board of local stakeholders is being formed to figure out just how that tale will be interpreted for future visitors.The ruins of the power station in the Niagara Gorge just north of the Rainbow Bridge – now a nationally recog…

Jan. 29, 1940 – Aug. 21, 2013LOCKPORT – Michael W. Shanley, whose lengthy career in public service included a two-year term as mayor of Lockport, died Wednesday in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 73.A Lockport native, he was a 1957 graduate of DeSales Catholic High School, attended Erie County Technical Institute and served in the Army National Guard. Mr. Shanle…

President Obama rolled into Buffalo on Thursday to unveil an ambitious plan aimed at curbing college costs – and to praise a city that he said is on the move.Kicking off a two-day bus tour of upstate New York and northeastern Pennsylvania, his first stop was the University at Buffalo’s Alumni Arena, where he delivered impassioned remarks before a rapt crowd of 7,200, i…

CASSADAGA – The staff and students at the Cassadaga Job Corps Academy celebrated the 35th anniversary of the center at a ceremony Thursday on the campus. Charles St. George of Fredonia, a charter member of the community advisory committee, was the keynote speaker.St. George reviewed the history of the center’s location, dating back to the Newton Hospital, which specia…

LITTLE VALLEY – For the second time in six months, members of the Cattaraugus County Legislature’s Public Works Committee have heard proposals on moving the county’s vehicle fleet from traditional fuels to compressed natural gas. For the second time, no action is in the near future.Karen and Darius Teslovich, the owners of CNG One Source, an Erie, Pa. company, gave a…

Nov. 1, 1945 – Aug. 21, 2013Janice D. Gill, of Getzville, an administrative assistant in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda schools for many years, died Wednesday after a two-year illness. She was 67.Born in the Town of Tonawanda, the former Janice Baran was a graduate of Kenmore East High School and earned a certificate in administration from Bryant & Stratton College. She b…

When Superintendent Pamela C. Brown unveiled the Buffalo School District’s strategic plan Wednesday, she described it as an exceptional document – the result of eight months of effort, community collaboration and extensive stakeholder input.Its pages contain a broad, five-year blueprint for turning around a struggling and beleaguered school system. In addition, Brown i…

Three Attica Correctional Facility guards were injured in an outbreak of violence Wednesday, according to the union representing corrections officers.One corrections officer suffered multiple facial injuries and a concussion, and remains hospitalized in Erie County Medical Center; two other officers who came to the aid of their fellow officer were treated for injuries and …

LOCKPORT – Two men who admitted violating the terms of their probation sentences were ordered to spend a year in the Niagara County Jail by County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas Thursday.Josh P. Czamara, 21, of Winchester Boulevard, Town of Tonawanda, had pleaded guilty last year to attempted second-degree assault for stabbing a man who was fighting with Czamara’s cousin. C…

SANBORN – Approval of salary hikes for a half-dozen managerial positions, postponed two weeks ago, was granted Wednesday by the Niagara Wheatfield School Board.The board, with member Lori Pittman absent, voted 5-1 to pass the raises which range from 2 to 3.7 percent for each of the positions.Richard Sirianni, who objected to the hikes when they were brought up at the las…

LOCKPORT – The Board of Education has begun the process of renaming North Park Junior High School in honor of desegregation pioneer Aaron A. Mossell.The board read its new policy on naming or renaming school facilities, plaques and memorials at Wednesday’s meeting and appointed a committee that is expected to take about six months to conduct research and make a recomme…

Superintendents often pen welcoming letters to the community at the beginning of the school year, but Hamburg’s interim superintendent produced a very different kind of letter.“Asking for your help...” is written at the top of the letter on the district’s website.And after last year, who can blame him for reaching out? It has been a tumultuous time in the district…

LITTLE VALLEY – As Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo stood at the lectern at Salamanca High School at the end of July, something completely unexpected happened on the electronic banking lines in the county treasurer’s office. An untagged $500,000 deposit from New York State appeared.“Usually funds that come from the state have some sort of tag to tell us what they are for,” Cat…