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Nichols announces 
a new head of school

The Nichols School named a new head of school Friday after a nationwide search to replace the Buffalo college prep school's current head, who willl retire at the end of the school year.

William P. Clough IV is currently the associate head of school at Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass.

He will take on his new role at Nichols on July 1, 2013, making him the 12th head of the school.

"Bill's professional background includes tremendous experiences consistent with the opportunities and needs at Nichols," said Jane Cox Hettrick, president of the board of trustees at Nichols, in a statement.

Nichols officials noted accomplishments at Berkshire during Clough's time there, including three fully funded $25 million-plus building projects, the doubling of the school's endowment to $94 million, the expansion of its admission application numbers by 150 percent, and other projects to develop and grow the school.

Clough holds a master's degree in education from Harvard University and a master's in English from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. He has a bachelor's degree in history from Colby College and graduated from Holderness School in Plymouth, N.H.

Nichols' current head of school, Rick C. Bryan, is retiring after 30 years at the school. He has been head since 1994.

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Board removes fire chief
 from the department's rolls

Blasdell Village Board members have removed the fire chief from the rolls of the Fire Department after a public dispute with a village official at a concert this summer.

Robert Michalski was taken off the rolls Sept. 19 after the incident at a concert July 25. The band Hit 'n' Run was playing in the village summer concert series at JFK Park.

"There was an incident with Mr. Michalski, at which time a report was sent to the mayor and board," Village Administrator Janet MacGregor Plarr said.

Mayor Michael Petrie suspended Michalski, and the Village Board reviewed the complaints of creating a public disturbance and hazardous circumstance, and use of profanity with the intent to intimidate.

Michalski was served a copy of the formal charges Aug. 18 and had 30 days to ask for a hearing. He did not, Plarr said. Though Michalski, who joined the department in 1995, was a volunteer firefighter, he has rights under the civil service law, she said.

First Assistant Fire Chief John Welch is the acting chief of the department.

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Preservation League 
awards three grants

Three grants to Erie County organizations by the Preservation League of New York were announced as part of the weeklong Preservation Plus conference.

The grants include $7,000 to the Hull Family Home and Farmstead in Lancaster, $10,000 for the Darwin D. Martin House Complex for cultural landscape reports, and $6,200 to help complete the nomination of the Fargo Estate neighborhood on Buffalo's West Side for the State and National Registers of Historic Places. It's the first time that the program has given grants to three projects in one county in a single year.