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Nancy A. Fischer

A lifelong resident of Western New York and reporter for the Buffalo News for over 20 years covering Erie County Northtowns


Local News

Earlier this year Brighton Pool had been considered for closure to make way for an expanded Brighton Ice Arena. But after the $8 million expansion plan hit several roadblocks, the Town of Tonawanda Recreation Department announced that Brighton Pool will be open again this summer. https://buffalonews.com/2018/03/11/town-of-tonawanda-eyes-building-new-brighton-arena-hocke…

Local News

Pastor Randy Milleville is retiring after 27 years as the lead pastor of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Clarence Center. Since he became pastor, the church has more than doubled in size, adding an educational wing in 1996 and a new church sanctuary, which was dedicated in 2001. In 2016, “The Grove” coffee house was opened to encourage fellowship in a relaxed at…

Erie County

The DeGlopper Memorial Park in Grand Island has received a state grant of $100,000 which will be used towards construction of a sculpture of Charles N. DeGlopper, a World War II hero and native of Grand Island. DeGlopper received the Congressional Medal of Honor for stepping into the line of fire to provide an escape for his platoon in Normandy. Deputy Supervisor Jam…

Local News

Foodies can get a taste from some of some of their favorite restaurants with Taste of Lewiston from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Village of Lewiston and at Taste of Tonawandas from 12:30 to 7 p.m. June 3 in Gateway Harbor Park in North Tonawanda. These are two of a number of area tasting events held in advance of the Taste of Buffalo on July 7 and 8. The festivals …

Clarence

For 364 days a year, dogs are not allowed in Clarence Town Park. This weekend, they get to make up for lost time. Dog watchers and dog owners can join in a variety of events during Clarence Bark in the Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Clarence Town Park, 10405 Main St. Admission is $5 per person. All well-behaved dogs on leashes and their owners are welcome. D…

Local News

A state dormitory grant of $210,000 may not be enough to repair the Grand Island Recreation/Community Center building, a 7,000 square-foot building on the former Nike Base. The Grand Island Town board got the report Monday from Bill Schaab, vice-president of American Demolition Nuclear Decommissioning, who discussed the status of the building at the town's work session.…

Local News

The Town of Tonawanda has to pony up another $160,700 for work at its Wastewater Treatment Plant. The reason? Flushable wipes that really are not flushable. "A lot of people are flushing those disposable Lysol wipes and baby wipes down the toilet and they get caught up in our system and we have to redo these essential bar screens at a very significant cost," Councilm…

Education

The City of Tonawanda School District Board of Education is expected to appoint two new elementary school principals at its board meeting Tuesday night. Michelle Siebert is expected to receive a four-year probationary appointment as principal for Fletcher Elementary School through July 2, 2022, at an annual salary of $83,000. Seibert has been the principal at Seneca Ele…

Town of Tonawanda

For the past two years, the Sheridan Drive Pedestrian Bridge in the Town of Tonawanda has been labeled too unsafe for foot traffic. On Monday, the Town Board determined demolition would be the best option and will call for bids on the project next month. "It's a liability," said Town Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger of the bridge. The bridge was built more than 50 ye…

Local News

After a year of study and discussion on Grand Island, a final master plan will be presented to the public at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Grand Island High School auditorium, 1100 Ransom Road. "A lot of work has gone into it and lots of people have participated," said Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray. He stressed that the plan is not binding, but a guide for future d…

Obituaries

July 11, 1937 – May 17, 2018 Peter T. Ruszczyk, an award-winning human rights attorney, died Thursday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. He was 80. It was through his work at the Legal Aid Society that work that Mr. Ruszczyk met his wife, the former Louise E. Carey. They married in 1970 and opened a law firm, Carey and Ruszczyk, in Buffalo in 19…

Obituaries

Nov. 25, 1920 – May 18, 2018 Prominent Buffalo attorney Richard Lipsitz Sr. was more than a legal heavyweight in the labor field. He also was an early supporter of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s and a staunch opponent of the Vietnam War. Through his support, his son says, Mr. Lipsitz helped spawn an entire generation of activists who were fighting f…

Crime

A 24-year-old Jamestown man was charged with driving while intoxicated after he was stopped for driving the wrong way down a one-way street just before midnight Saturday. Nicholas J. Cole was spotted by Jamestown Police going the wrong way on East Fourth Street. A further investigation revealed that Cole was intoxicated, police reported. He was taken into custody at …

Niagara County

Joseph "Joe" DiPasquale, a film producer, teacher and environmental activist, will announce his bid to be the Democratic candidate for the 144th New York State Assembly District at two press conferences on Tuesday in Niagara and Orleans counties. DiPasquale will outline his positions at 6 Bright St., Lockport, at 10 a.m., and again at 2 p.m. in Russell Park, Akron. D…

Crime

A Dunkirk man was charged with menacing after he allegedly used a hammer to strike a tractor-trailer and break the truck's window because the driver was blocking his driveway just before 7 p.m. Friday on South Roberts Road. James D. Watkins, 53, was charged with second-degree menacing by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Watkins allegedly got upset and then wen…