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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 public hearing before the Newstead Town Board meeting on proposed changes to the town’s agribusiness law brought no comments from the handful of residents in attendance Monday evening.The measure introducing the changes, which has been in the works for over a year, aims to make the town friendlier to agribusiness and agritourism, Supervisor David L. Cummings said.“This i…

The Millgrove Volunteer Fire Department will be able to buy a used fire truck in the coming months after the Alden Town Board this week gave the department permission to seek a loan through Alden State Bank.The department, which is located at 11621 Genesee St., is in need of a newer truck, Supervisor Harry F. “Bud” Milligan said, noting that the truck being purchased is ab…

When Newstead Councilman Justin Rooney heard a loud diesel pickup truck pull up outside of his Bloomingdale Road house at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, he thought it was strange.“I thought it was odd because it was late,” he said.Looking out the side window to see what all the noise was about, he noticed a man had left the truck and was walking between his detached garage and a …

Three public hearings will be held before the Newstead Town Board’s next regular meeting on Dec. 14.The first hearing, at 7:40 p.m., will be on the town’s contract with Amherst Fire Control. It’s a standard, three-year contract, Supervisor David Cummings said. “We go with them to provide us with fire notification services,” he said. The next hearing, at 7:45 p.m., will be …

It has been over half a century since Alden’s code book has been updated, but the Town Board took steps Monday so that it happens over the next several years.The board will move forward with a contract with General Code Publishers for $12,524. The cost will be split up over three years, Town Attorney Jennifer L. Strong said.“It’s just bringing things up-to-date, to make su…

A potentially dangerous dilapidated house on Bloomingdale Road in Newstead faces demolition by the town if the owner doesn’t devise a plan to take care of the property over the next month.The house at 13907 Bloomingdale, owned by Thomas E. Cashman, has been vacant for about eight years, Supervisor David L. Cummings said. Cashman hasn’t paid taxes on the property in at leas…

A public hearing on the Town of Newstead budget for 2016 brought out a handful of residents Monday evening, with just one resident offering comment on the proposed budget.The board plans to vote on the budget at the next regular board meeting Nov. 9. The budget, as it stands, features a $130,000 increase in spending over 2015, to $4.9 million, while the tax rate is set to …

An agreement between Alden and Newstead will see the towns sharing an assessor, Alden Supervisor Harry F. Milligan said during Monday evening’s Town Board meeting.Alden Town Assessor William P. Sivecz will take on the joint role, Milligan said. Sivecz will remain an employee of the Town of Alden, but half of his salary will be paid by Newstead.“It’s 50-50,” Milligan said. …

The Town of Alden renewed its contract ambulance services with Rural/Metro Medical Services on Monday evening, opting for a year-to-year contract as the sale of the ambulance company to Envision Healthcare Holdings plays out.In the past, the town had used a three-year contract with the company, Supervisor Harry Milligan said. Ambulance services are provided by Rural/Metro …

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A professional wrestling-themed benefit will be held Saturday for a 12-year-old Akron boy battling Leukemia for the second time since 2011. The boy, Lucas Lowe, was first diagnosed with childhood Leukemia at age 7, in February 2011. After battling the disease for three years, the cancer appeared to be in remission, said benefit organizer Steven Tedesco. The cancer returned…

NEWSTEAD – While spending is up in the Town of Newstead preliminary budget, the tax rate is set to stay about the same as it was for 2015. Supervisor David Cummings presented the preliminary budget Monday during a Town Board meeting. Spending is set to increase by nearly $130,000, to $4.9 million in 2016. Despite the increase in spending, the town was able to keep the tax …

County roadwork completed just a few days before the Alden/Marilla Car Show at the end of July rankled Alden Town Board members, who sent a letter to the Department of Public Works to voice their displeasure with the timing.The board received a response from the county last week, Supervisor Harry F. “Bud” Milligan said at Monday evening’s board meeting. The work involved p…