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THOMAS J. PROHASKA AND ROBERT J. MCCARTHY


LOCKPORT – They might have come in handy this week, but four more firefighters are likely to be added to the City of Lockport payroll, in the wake of a federal grant announced Friday.The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved Lockport’s application for $848,368 in aid, enough to pay for the salaries and benefits of four firefighters for two years. However, they may n…

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LOCKPORT – Remains of a body – badly charred – found in the smoldering wreckage of a landmark Lockport fire may be those of a 14-year-old boy who, according to sources, left a final desperate plea for help in a phone message to a friend. “I can’t get out,” the boy said, as he gasped for air, according to two law enforcement sources.About 48 hours after the fire began, the …

MIDDLEPORT – FMC Corp. announced Monday that it plans to test arsenic levels in soil at an additional 45 properties as part of its ongoing clean-up in the Village of Middleport.The work is being carried out at the behest of the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as part of their efforts to locate and remediate arsen…

LOCKPORT – Briarwood Manor, an assisted living facility in Lockport, disclosed plans Monday for a $3 million memory care addition to its current Lincoln Avenue building.The 20-bed facility would be aimed at Medicaid recipients with Alzheimer’s and other forms ofdementia, owner Salvatore L. Ferreri told the city Planning Board, which approved the concept and the location of…

LOCKPORT – The drainage ditches along South Transit Road in the Town of Lockport may be filled in at state expense.The Town Board decided Monday to apply for a $1.7 million state grant that Economic Development Director Marc R. Smith suggested could be pursued to level all ditches on the Lockport, or east, side of Route 78 between Robinson and Tonawanda Creek roads. It’s b…

LOCKPORT – The Niagara County Health Department’s effort to encourage businesses to reserve space for breastfeeding mothers seems to be catching on.Earlier this month, the Health Department presented Modern Corp. of Lewiston with a certificate honoring the recycling and disposal firm for taking part in the initiative.Elaine C. Roman, the department’s director of planning, …

A $455 million natural gas pipeline project in four Western New York counties will create no significant environmental impact, a federal agency ruled Wednesday.The 487-page finding by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is not the final approval for National Fuel’s Northern Access 2016 project – that could come this fall – but the company was pleased.“It is an importa…

LOCKPORT – In a move believed to be a first in New York State, Niagara County announced Tuesday that it will fast-track pistol permit applications for people who can prove that their lives are in danger.But the track won’t be all that fast.County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski said he expects that permits will be granted in four to six weeks in such cases, while the typical w…

LOCKPORT – Almost two years after the city stopped its ambulance service, Lockport’s two ambulances were auctioned off last week – even though a grievance over the elimination of the service has yet to be resolved.The ambulances were among a long list of surplus city equipment offered for sale in an online sale through Auctions International. The city also sold a paving ma…

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NIAGARA FALLS – Robert A. Anderson Jr., the Niagara Falls city councilman who ran for re-election despite a diagnosis of terminal stomach cancer, died Wednesday. He was 73.Anderson had been at home but was rushed Wednesday morning to Kenmore Mercy Hospital, where he died, Councilman Glenn A. Choolokian said. “It’s a sad loss for me, personally, and for the community of Nia…

A second tenant for Canal Street, a seasonal bicycle rental business, was approved Thursday by the Greater Lockport Development Corp.Although the lease isn't signed yet, Ellen Martin, owner of Sweet Sixteen Cafe, has agreed to a three-year deal for the first floor of 51 Canal St., one of three city-owned buildings on the block on the north bank of the Erie Canal.…

A rebuilt runway at Niagara Falls International Airport will enhance the adjacent Air Reserve Station while increasing the chances that the Buffalo Niagara region could get international flights, officials said Thursday in announcing a $11.7 million federal grant to help fund the project.Laying out a vision of the Niagara Falls airport that combines its military …

A company that sought to demolish a decrepit Mill Street building was convicted Thursday in Lockport Housing Court of failing to remove a Dumpster on the site that may contain asbestos, although city officials don't know for sure.Court officials said Liberty Plant Maintenance of Dayton, Texas, owner of 89 Mill St., was cited Dec. 20 for the untended Dumpster.Shirle…

Alderman John Lombardi III told his Common Council colleagues Wednesday that he intends to reopen the issue of noise control downtown.Lombardi said live music at Lock 34 Bar & Grille has residents of Urban Park Towers, an 11-story subsidized housing complex across the street, up in arms."From what I'm being told, Lock 34 is playing well into the wee hours," said …

Samantha M. Thompson is headed to state prison for driving under the influence of heroin in a head-on crash that killed a Niagara Falls man and seriously injured his granddaughter.The sentencing date is June 6 for Thompson, 21, of Mill Street, Lockport, but State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. announced Wednesday that he was approving a plea bargain wit…