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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


People who ride one of the area's most popular attractions will notice some changes this year.Extensive renovations were completed over the winter at the joint facility Whirlpool Jet Boats/Riverside Inn at the foot of Center Street.Whirlpool Jet Boats acquired the Riverside Inn at 115 Center last year and renovated both the building and the adjoining docks.Whirlpool Jet Bo…

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton had good news Friday for New York farmers.In a conference with reporters, Clinton said $75 million in federal agricultural assistance for fruit growers is ready to be distributed. A closing date on applications has been set for Thursday."We've been waiting for five months for a closing date to be set," Clinton said. "I'm disappointed it took so …

Ponder a garage sale six miles wide, stretching throughout the Lewiston region all the way to Youngstown.That's exactly what's in store for June 1 and 2, the two-day setting for the eighth annual Community Garage Sale, hosted by the Greater Lewiston Business and Professional Association.This mammoth garage sale will enlist residents of the region, who are encouraged to hol…

The Whirlpool Jet Boat ride has an enviable problem: too much success.That has prompted a major expansion by the Canadian company along the Niagara River here with room for expected continued growth.John Kinney, Jet Boat owner and president, said the company spent six weeks and $250,000 to $300,000 during the off season for tourism on new construction and upgrades. After f…

The Town Board will hold a public hearing regarding the co-location of a 12-panel wireless antenna on top of a power line owned by Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. at 210 Upper Mountain Road before its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. today in Town Hall, 1375 Ridge Road.Discussion arose on the matter at the board's work session two weeks ago, and the public hearing was set to allow …

It would be hard to imagine a family restaurant with more "family" than DeFlippo's restaurant in Lockport.Owners Jerry and Joan cook up the sauces and desserts, greet and mingle with guests and were even helping to bus tables on a recent weeknight. Son Dominick, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, is now in the kitchen just like his father, Jerry, has been sin…

At the beginning of the week, organizers of the Bond Lake Winterfest were considering the possibility of a Bond Lake Mudfest.But as if on cue, the snow came, and the fourth annual event will be held as it was intended, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in Bond Lake Park, Lower Mountain Road.Niagara County Parks Commissioner Timothy R. Horanburg said the weather was just what he…

Santa Claus will open it and Wayne Newton will close it. It's this evening's debut of the 1999 Festival of Lights in downtown Niagara Falls.Now in its 19th year, A Festival of Lights is one of the most anticipated events of the Cataract City's winter tourism season.Last year, more than 700,000 people visited the festival during its 44-day run.This year's festival opens at …

"Only a teacher would visit a tropical island during typhoon season," joked Karen A. Kuhn, a second-grade teacher who has taught at Thomas Marks Elementary School for the past 13 years.She didn't have a run-in with severe weather, but she had many other eye-opening experiences on her trip to the Philippines this summer. For example, she learned that while it was a boon for…

Paleozoic, Silurian, Mesozoic and plate tectonics could just be terms to look up on a reference table, but 150 Starpoint High School earth science students were able to bring these obscure terms to life recently on a unique field trip.The students became photojournalists, capturing pictures of rock strata, historic stone homes and a real stone quarry, including an explosio…

Niagara County Conservative Party Chairman Al C. Hollands will be able to retain his title as party chairman, as well as his right to vote in Niagara County.Supreme Court Justice Norman E. Joslin ruled after a one hour hearing Friday that Hollands should be put back on the voter rolls from which he was dropped by the Niagara County Board of Elections on Dec. 31, 1997.The c…

After 20 months of negotiations, the Town Board Thursday unanimously approved a contract with the police officers who patrol both the town and the Village of Lewiston.The contract already had been approved by the officers union and by the Lewiston Village Board.Police Chief Ronald R. Winkley said he felt the agreement was "fair for everyone."Winkley told the Town Board tha…

James M. Gately, the teacher who heads the social studies department at Starpoint Central School, Monday gave a presentation on teaching methods in New Zealand, but only five of nine School Board members were present.Gately's request for a six-month sabbatical to go to New Zealand was the subject of a heated two year battle, which eventually went to arbitration.In the arbi…

The Town Board Tuesday approved the final phase of 25 lots for luxury homes on an artificial lake in the Ridge View Subdivision.The board also voted to accept the dedication of new roads named Edgewater Circle, East and West, between Bear Ridge and Killian roads in the subdivision, which was developed over a four-year period by the Johnson-Grimm Corp."These are unique lots…

The Pendleton Town Board has hired an appraiser to determine how much Nine Mile Island is worth.The board is considering buying, renting or leasing the 30-acre nature preserve -- one of several properties the New York Thruway Authority's Canal Corporation said it would sell or lease to private developers.However, the plan has been vigorously opposed by both Pendleton and A…