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The new year will bring a “new” principal to Cheektowaga Central High School.Scott R. Zipp, who is currently assistant principal, has been appointed to succeed Susan L. Cain, who is retiring. The appointment, effective in January, was unanimously approved by the Cheektowaga Central School Board.Zipp’s annual salary will be $102,500, according to School Superintendent Denni…

The Village of Springville will dedicate its historic Community Clock in the newly redesigned M&T Bank Park, East Main and Mechanic streets, at 11 a.m. Dec. 7.The dedication marks the completion of a community wide project that included a Concord Historical Society fund campaign that raised more than $40,000, and a $250,000 grant through the New York Main Street Program.M…

Classes were canceled today in Cheektowaga’s Cleveland Hill School District because of a heating problem at the Mapleview Road campus.All parent conferences also are canceled, according to the district’s website, as are activities that were to take place in any of the school buildings.

A 300-foot tower that New York State Electric & Gas Co. plans for a 32-acre site at Stolle and Creek roads in Elma nearly failed to get approval last week from the Town Board.The proposal was approved after a NYSEG representative agreed to allow local emergency services to put their radio antennae on the tower at no cost.Previously, NYSEG said that it did not want any co-l…

A man who listed his address as a drop-in shelter for the homeless in Buffalo was charged with stabbing a fellow resident, Central District officers reported Sunday.Damon W. Gatti, 42, was charged with a felony count of assault in the attack on Angelo Sullivan, age unavailable, who was stabbed in the chest with an unidentified sharp object. The attack occurred at Genesee a…

A Buffalo man who was just released from jail said he was the victim of a couple of burglaries while he was behind bars, Ferry-Fillmore District officers reported Sunday.A 33-year-old man told officers that after having spent 22 days in jail, he returned to his Kingsley Street home and discovered that clothing, footwear, jewelry and two laptop computers, among other things…

An attempt to sell a computer through an Internet advertisement resulted in the robbery of University District resident, according to Northeast District police reports.The victim, who lives on Winspear Avenue, told officers Sunday that while meeting with a man who responded to his ad, the “customer” reached into his pocket as if to retrieve money but instead displayed a bl…

A hunter and two firefighters were airlifted to safety, one at a time, after they broke through the ice Sunday afternoon in the Alabama swamps of Genesee County.A hunter, who broke through while deer hunting, first called 911 at about 2:30 p.m. Local firefighters, dressed in cold-water rescue suits, asked for help from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office’s Aviation Unit afte…

Niagara County

NIAGARA FALLS – Everybody had a story Sunday evening about Charlie the Chimp.Ann Presti recalled the first time her son, Carmen, brought the then 11-month-old chimpanzee into her house in 1985 and the little primate wanted her to hug him.“I didn’t want it,” she said.But before long, he was sitting on her lap, stroking her face.“He wanted to be rocked. I used to sing to him…

Buffalo fared poorly among New York cities in a national study that evaluates how equally municipalities treat lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.Buffalo received a score of 52 out of 100 on the 2013 Municipal Equality Index released last week by the Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights organization.It was the lowest score among six cities in the state included…

Buffalo

As far back as Lloyd M. Kettle can remember, he wanted to be a soldier.Perhaps his first inspiration to serve was when his uncle, looking sharp and squared away in his military uniform, returned home from the Korean War and introduced himself to Lloyd when he was a little boy.“I remember my Uncle Sonny coming to my bed and saying hello to me,” Kettle says.When he was 18, K…

Erie County

Aug. 24, 1945 – Nov. 22, 2013James R. Dwyer, a co-founder and chief financial officer of Health Force, a leading local home health care provider, died Friday in his Orchard Park home after a battle with lung cancer. He was 68. Mr. Dwyer established Health Force in 1984 and oversaw its growth until his retirement in 2012. He served on numerous boards and advisory committees…

Erie County

Dawn and Chad Millen are realists.They know their 3-year-old son, John, probably will never ride a school bus to kindergarten, or scare his younger sister, Charlotte, with a frog or enjoy his first kiss or graduation day.So the Millens have had to adjust their goals for their son, who has an inoperable brain-stem tumor.While they take him for radiation therapy five days a …

LOCKPORT – A wrongful death lawsuit was filed earlier this month on behalf of the two small children left behind by a Niagara Falls woman who was killed by a hit-and-run driver last year.The suit was filed in State Supreme Court by the estate of Nicole Rodriguez against Francis A. Maikranz, the driver whose car struck and killed Rodriguez June 18, 2012.Maikranz, 56, is ser…

OLEAN ‑ A St. Bonaventure University sophomore who had been missing since early Saturday was found dead Sunday afternoon, a university spokesman said.The body of Tyler S. Davis of Rochester was found near the west entrance of the campus, according to spokesman Thomas Missel.Davis was a history major who lived in Devereaux Hall. He was last seen early Saturday, walking towa…