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West SenecaPaying court fines in West Seneca is now a phone call or mouse click away.The Town Court has signed up with nCourt, an e-commerce partner that provides service 24-7 via the telephone and Internet. The service applies to any fines issued by the court; it excludes parking tickets issued by town police.Town Justice Dale J. McCabe briefed lawmakers about the service…

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They say there was a time in Lyons when you could smell peppermint wherever you went in town, and in the surrounding fields.That was in the late 19th century when the Erie Canal town prided itself as being the Peppermint Capital of the World.Peppermint oil back then was said to cure everything from headaches (rub it in on your forehead) to stomachaches (a drop on the tongu…

CheektowagaAs a proposal for a drive-thru Checkers restaurant at 2563 Union Road gets green lights in the town review process, a neighbor wants caution exercised. The Town Board will have a public hearing at 6:45 p.m. Monday on requests for a special use permit and a variance. The special use permit relates to having a drive-thru window, while the variance is needed becaus…

Town of TonawandaA pair of summer concert series get in full swing Tuesday.Polka band The Knewz kicks off the free Children’s Concert Series sponsored by Kenmore Village Improvement Society and Franco’s Pizza at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday on the lawn of Kenmore Middle School, 155 Delaware Road. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the Kenmore Community Center, 135 Wilber Av…

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 …

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NIAGARA FALLS – Sitting among chemical industry giants, once the backbone of the Niagara Falls economy, JBI Inc. is turning plastic waste into energy.The company’s processors take shredded plastic pieces and make fuel more cheaply than at typical refineries. They’re also powered by the fuel they produce.The emissions that are released into the air are similar to a natural …

The 14-year-old boy accused of killing a 16-year-old in a fight last weekend had showed off a handgun on a school bus and brought it into the school during the spring, a Buffalo School Board member and a police official told The Buffalo News.School authorities tried to suspend the boy, the police source said, but when his parents objected at a hearing and said he did not h…

A Dollar General store proposed for South Main Street in Holland has been referred to the Holland Town Planning Board.David Pawlik, owner of Creative Structures Services, said at a Town Board meeting Wednesday that his construction company is currently building five other new stores in Western New York. The Holland store would add eight to nine new jobs as well as contribu…

Humboldt Parkway is undergoing a $1.2 million makeover, which is part of a larger plan for its surrounding East Side neighborhood.Both sides of a 2.5-mile stretch of the parkway, from East Delavan Avenue to Northampton Street, will be resurfaced. The west side of the parkway from East Delavan to Main Street will also be resurfaced. Bike lanes will be added, as will wheelch…

NIAGARA FALLS – Cheryl Wienckowski, a former Seneca Gaming Corp. executive, has been appointed director of special events and projects for the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Foundation.Her role is to manage all fundraising and special events for the medical center, said Ann Marie Tucker, vice president for foundation and community relations.Those include major annua…

CAMBRIA – For the second consecutive year, Niagara County is seeking $1.7 million in grants to pay for the construction of a entrance road, sanitary sewer and pumping station at the Cambria Technology Park.The privately owned, 152-acre property on Lockport Road, which is currently a farm field, has been designated for future development as a “shovel-ready” sight suitable f…

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Travel with us through a Buffalo Niagara that might have been, if some of the most captivating artists’ renderings created in recent years had actually come to life.Start downtown outside the gleaming Adelphia office tower, where the thriving cable company has become a big employer. Traffic around here is thick, with people pouring into the Bass Pro store that revitalized …

AMERICAN LEGION95th state gathering this week offers hefty economic impactNIAGARA FALLS – More than 2,000 visitors are expected here as the American Legion Department of New York holds its 95th annual conference Wednesday through Saturday in the Conference & Events Center, the Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp. reports.Mayor Paul A. Dyster will welcome delegates during the…

LEWISTON – Volunteers are needed behind the scene for the Lewiston Council on the Arts annual Art Festival on Aug. 10 and 11.Volunteer roles include set-up, hospitality, information booth, T-shirt sales, sponsor reception, booth sitters, stage hands and recycling.Contact Gene Kulbago at 870-3586 or gkulbago@roadrunner.com. Orientation will be held at 6 p.m. July 25 at the …

MAYVILLE – Volunteers are invited to join in two major efforts this month to remove the invasive water chestnut from Chautauqua County waterways. County Executive Gregory J. Edwards and County Watershed Coordinator Jeff Diers have announced a mass search for the aquatic weed at 8 a.m. next Saturday at the Stow Park landing of the Bemus Point-Stow Ferry.“I encourage all ava…