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Mike Canfield

Mike Canfield covered several municipalities and school districts for The Buffalo News. He lives in North Buffalo and is a SUNY Buffalo State graduate.


After reviewing and updating approximately 62 district policies between January and August, the Sweet Home School Board is eyeing ways to streamline the process.In a presentation given to the Board Tuesday evening, Assistant Superintendent JoAnn A. Balazs made the case for putting a subcommittee in place specifically to deal with policy issues.The Board completed a thoroug…

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As a kid growing up, Grand Island meant one thing to me: Fantasy Island. And while the iconic amusement park continues to thrill youngsters, there is a lot more to the island than a theme park and the quickest route to Niagara Falls.Here’s eight fun places to explore on Grand Island.Go paddlingWhat better way to see the Niagara River than a guided kayaking tour? Blue Water…

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As a kid growing up, Grand Island meant one thing to me: Fantasy Island. And while the iconic amusement park continues to thrill youngsters, there is a lot more to the island than a theme park and the quickest route to Niagara Falls. Here’s an interactive map with 8 fun places to explore on Grand Island.

A farmers market won’t open on Grand Island this month after all.Laying out the reasons on his Facebook page on Sunday, Grand Island Town Supervisor Nathan D. McMurray cited “phantom” liability issues and concerns over the location designated by the town. McMurray had hoped to get the market up and running on Saturday mornings in August at the Town Commons on Baseline Road…

Rep. Brian Higgins is supporting a plan that would transform West River Parkway in Grand Island into a bike path. In a letter to the commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Wednesday, Higgins said the bike path would provide “the highest quality public access” to the waterfront on Grand Island. The plan proposed by the Offi…

A discussion on the proposed West River Parkway bike path during the Grand Island Town Board work session turned heated Monday evening, complete with raised voices and insults.In the end, the board voted 3-2 to urge New York state to reject the bike path plan. Supervisor Nathan McMurray and Councilwoman Beverly Kinney were the “no” votes.The state Office of Parks, Recreati…

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More than 200 residents came out to Grand Island High School Wednesday evening to debate a proposed bike trail on West River Parkway.Under the proposed plan, the parkway would be closed and resurfaced. No lighting or guardrails would be added, and there would not be an impact on the waterfront. Under the preliminary plan, six parking lots would be placed along the path and…

Education

With three seats open, and only two declared candidates in the Tonawanda City School District, several write-in candidates campaigned outside of Tonawanda High School Tuesday. Sharon Stuart, 51, who served for six years previously on the Board, including three years as Board President, said she was asked to run when word got out there weren't enough candidates. "I said yes…

Education

Voter turnout was "moderate" in the West Seneca School District Tuesday afternoon. According to election official Paula Kurzawa, 1173 voters had taken to the polls by 5 p.m. School Board candidate Ed Bedient said this year was different than last, mostly because people support the current board's proposed $114.5 million budget. "Voters are super happy," he said. Board c…

When Shawn Miller enlisted in the Army in November 1999, the idea of going to war seemed like a distant thought. That all changed during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. “I didn’t know what to think,” said the 35-year-old father of three about that day. “I was kind of emotional. That right there is when my true patriotism came out.”Miller went on to serve two tours…