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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…

Newstead residents gave their town leaders an earful Monday night about a proposed amendment that would set a limit on noise and times for special events.The issue drew numerous residents who have complained about concerts at Braun’s Concert Cove. The venue has been a point of contention for nearby residents since the concerts began last year.The public hearing, which last…

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Jason Kolb squeezed into his old Maryvale jersey each day during practice this week, which drew chuckles from his Burgard football team. The jersey, however, is symbolic: It was the same one he wore when the Flyers played for a sectional championship in Rich Stadium back in 1993.A lot has changed since then – Kolb is a few pounds heavier and Rich Stadium has long been rena…

Town of Newstead residents will be able to have their say on a proposal to limit noise from special town events when the Town Board meets on Nov. 11.The 7:15 p.m. public hearing on Local Law 4 – an amendment to the Special Events Law – was approved by council members meeting Monday night. While the law addresses all special events in the town, it was crafted to address r…

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South Park football coach Tim Delaney was at a coaching clinic over the summer when he struck up a conversation with a coach from a suburban school.That coach told him he was aware the Harvard Cup teams were in the Federation, but it wouldn’t be until a city team reached Ralph Wilson Stadium that it would be fully accepted.The Sparks are two wins away.South Park brings a 6…

An emotional Alden Town Board met Monday night, opening the meeting with a remembrance of recently deceased Councilman William Weber.Weber passed away unexpectedly Oct. 9, leaving the three-member board with two members. A miniature Christmas tree and picture of Weber stood where he usually sat at the board table, in recognition of the Christmas tree farm he owned. A pair …

With more young people using personal smartphones and tablets, officials at Alden schools are looking into providing students with a Wi-Fi network to use them. The school district currently uses a wireless network that is inaccessible to students on their personal devices, said Frank Rizzo, director of instructional and information technology and chief information officer.…

Several Newstead residents complained to the Town Board this week that it has not done enough to silence a noisy concert venue, blaming the racket for a litany of ills.The complaints stem from the live concerts at Braun’s Bar and Grill in Newstead. The bar opened Braun’s Concert Cove behind the bar in 2012, and area residents have been suffering ever since, said Linda Jack…

Town of Alden Councilman William Weber passed away unexpectedly Wednesday. He was 62.Weber, who was a retired industrial arts teacher from Alden High School, loved the community, said Alden Town Clerk Ralph Witt, who described Weber as his “best friend.”“He was very involved, very dedicated to the town,” he said. “He was just a very sweet, thoughtful person.”Weber also ran…

Senior citizens in the Town of Alden need a new van, and several members of the Alden Senior Citizen Club attended the town board meeting Monday night to let board members know.The current van being used by the senior center “is in bad shape,” said senior van driver Petra Sojka during a public hearing held to discuss the possible use of Federal Community Development Funds …

Alden High School will soon stop opening its doors before 7 a.m., meaning students no longer will be able to enter the building unsupervised before faculty and staff arrive.The supervision lapse was discovered during a review of the school’s safety plan and meetings with the school’s student resource officer, Alden High School Principal Kevin Ryan said at Thursday night’s …

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West Seneca East experienced one of those Excedrin moments last week against Hamburg, something the Trojans hope to avoid tonight against South Park.Week Five in local high school football kicks off with a battle for first place in Class A South as West Seneca East, the No. 6-ranked large school team, hosts No. 9 South Park at 7 tonight. Both teams are 3-0 in the division.…

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LITTLE VALLEY – Chelsey D. Cloud, 25, of Great Valley, pleaded guilty Monday in Cattaraugus County Court to a misdemeanor charge of petit larceny on her indictment for a Town of Great Valley incident late last November. She faces sentencing Dec. 2.In other court action:• Bryant Galmer, 26, of Olean, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with two counts each of c…