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Michael Canfield

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Students and staff from Amherst Middle School are taking part in a service learning project with Carly’s Club for Kids and Cancer Research at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute for the new school year.Amherst Middle School Principal John Griesmer presented information on the school’s service learning projects during a School Board meeting on Tuesday.In August, students and …

Members of the Sweet Home School Board heard a presentation on gender identity and transgender youth policy on Tuesday evening.And it led to a lengthy discussion on the topic.No action was taken. But the board talked about creating a policy, and whether there was a need. Several board members balked at the idea of a separate policy.School Board Vice President Michael F. Mo…

Tourist homes were back on the agenda for the Grand Island Town Board work session Monday evening, less than a week after a public hearing on the rental properties ran for more than two hours.Nearly 100 residents packed into Town Hall last Tuesday to voice opposition to a proposed amendment that would allow already existing tourist homes to continue to operate, provided th…

A standing-room only crowd of several hundred Pendleton residents voiced their disapproval of a proposed National Fuel compressor during a public hearing on the project Wednesday evening at Wendelville Fire Hall.National Fuel has proposed a 22,000 horsepower compressor on residentially zoned land between Aiken and Beach Ridge roads in the town. The Federal Energy Regulator…

Voters in the Depew Union-Free School District approved the Board of Education’s proposed budget of $41.2 million Tuesday evening.Voters also approved the purchase of one 66-passenger school bus, two 29-seat school busses and one 29-seat bus with three wheelchair seats with $269,000 from the district’s vehicle purchase reserve fund. A non-binding resolution on the Veterans…

The Tonawanda City School budget, which featured a slight increase in overall spending and a 1.28 percent bump in the tax levy, was passed by voters Tuesday evening.The school board presented a budget of just over $31 million in April, a 1.23 percent increase over this year’s budget. The budget passed, 396 to 163.Despite the increase, some residents said the need to pay fo…

National Fuel Gas wants to put a nearly 22,000 horsepower compressor in the Town of Pendleton, but town residents say the compressor would affect their health, property values and quality of life. The plan, part of National Fuel’s Northern Access 2016 Project, would allow the gas company to pump natural gas from the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania to eastern Canada. The 16…

Despite a budget shortfall of more than $530,000, the Depew Board of Education was able to pass a proposed budget Tuesday evening that avoided reductions in staff or programs.The board closed the gap through reductions in contributions to the New York State Retirement System, costs for the Board of Cooperative Educational Services and overtime. The board also was able to r…

When the neighbors of a recently opened group home for people with developmental disabilities on Rapids Road in Newstead first heard about the facility opening, they were receptive to having the human services agency in the neighborhood.Just over a month later, however, neighbors have changed their position.Problems with cars parking on the side of the road, several emerge…

A potential solution to the increase in tractor-trailer traffic on West Main Street in Alden cannot move forward because the state Department of Transportation lacks the proper signage for the proposed changes.The problem stems from a railroad bridge on Broadway, which measures 12 feet, 8 inches in the right lanes of the four-lane stretch of the road. While the bridge is t…

Town of Newstead residents living near two recently opened group homes came out in force at Monday night’s board meeting to express their discontent with the homes.Nearly 50 residents packed into Newstead Town Hall for the meeting. A few of residents were there to speak to the board about the Special Events Law the town is working on, but the majority in attendance had con…

The Special Events Law the Town Board has been working on for several months should be on its way to a second public hearing sometime in February.The board held a work session after the regular meeting Monday night and decided that the law would be finished at the next meeting, Jan. 27. In the meantime, board members are going to write down their suggestions on the way the…

A local law that would give the Town of Newstead’s code enforcement officer the ability to make an initial determination on what constitutes a home-based business was defeated at Monday night’s board meeting. The law, Local Law No. 6, was defeated by a 3-2 vote, with Councilmen Justin Rooney, Richard C. Baran and Donald York casting “no” votes. Supervisor David Cummings an…

More than 40 parents, grandparents, educators and elected officials from the Alden area gathered in Village Hall this week for a presentation by the Alden Substance Abuse Coalition.The coalition was formed to provide residents with solutions and update them on growing drug abuse issues in Alden, said Colleen Babcock, who helped coordinate the event. The coalition – parents…

Frustrations ran high in Newstead Monday night, as residents who live near Braun’s Concert Cove again voiced their displeasure with the board for taking too long with the amendment to the Special Event Law. At the last board meeting, residents asked the board to place a moratorium on issuing special event permits until the amendments were passed. They were back Monday nigh…