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Edward A. Rath III declared victory in his re-election bid for the Erie County Legislature on Tuesday. Rath, 52, a Republican who was also on the Conservative and Independence lines, defeated Democratic challenger William N. Freeman to capture the 6th Legislative District seat, representing Amherst, Clarence and Newstead. Rath, a vice president and energy broker/cons…

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Clarence's preliminary 2020 town budget holds the general fund tax rate flat even as the tax levy goes up. Spending in the overall budget plan, including special districts, rises by 2.4% to $24.2 million. Spending in the general fund portion would rise by 2.7%, to $13.3 million. The budget plan includes raises for many senior town employees but not for the supervisor…

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The only competitive race in Clarence this fall is for town justice. With Republican Robert Sillars not seeking re-election, Jonathan S. Hickey is taking on Ryan J. Mills. They squared off in June, when Hickey won the Republican primary and Mills won the Democratic contest. Mills also has Working Families support while Hickey also appears on the Conservative, Green a…

Clarence

A 33-year-old man from Clarence was seriously injured in a car crash in Clarence Tuesday evening, according to New York State police. Troopers said that at about 5 p.m. Tuesday a vehicle headed east on Main Street in Clarence went off the road near the intersection of Connection Drive. The vehicle hit a tree and the driver was trapped, police said. The driver was tak…

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Gary and Christine Carlson take the idea of customer service to a different level. The couple, Buffalo News dealers, have been bringing the paper to their customers for 17 years. They get up as early as 1 a.m. every day to make sure Clarence-area subscribers receive their newspapers on time. They never throw papers onto doorsteps, even if customers say it's OK. Gary kee…

Clarence

A man pulled over for speeding in Clarence early Sunday morning faces charges of driving while intoxicated and weapons possession, according to state police. Fredrick Seifert, 55, of Clarence, was pulled over on Goodrich Road at about 12 a.m. and failed several field sobriety tests, troopers said. After being charged with felony DWI, police found a rifle and several …

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WASHINGTON – Chris Collins faces a likely criminal sentence of up to 57 months in federal prison, but his troubles don't begin and end there. Collins also likely faces fines of tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars, as do his son and his son's future father-in-law. And that's not even taking into account what they might have to pay to settle a separate civil l…

Clarence

A Clarence Center man took top prize for the fourth time in five years Saturday at the 24th annual World Pumpkin Weigh-off at the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence. Karl Haist submitted a pumpkin weighing 2,269 pounds, setting a record for the event for the second year in a row. Haist won $2,500 plus a $1,000 bonus for having a pumpkin that weighed more than 2,000 pound…

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Republican incumbents in Clarence won't break much of a sweat when early voting begins this month. Supervisor Patrick Casilio, Councilmen Robert Geiger and Christopher Greene and Town Clerk Nancy Metzger are running unopposed. The same four candidates were unopposed the last time around in 2015. Casilio and Greene are both seeking second terms, while Geiger is seekin…

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A development of 76 apartments and commercial space is planned for a large parcel along Sheridan Drive in Clarence's Harris Hill section. The same group of partners behind the Harris Hill Commons single-family subdivision between Harris Hill Road and Glenwood Drive has proposed the new, mixed-use development on a 15-acre site just to the south, according to plans filed …

Clarence

Here's something teenagers might not want to hear: someone else telling them to get more sleep. This time it is the New York State School Boards Association, which asked school board members what they think of starting school later in the day. Most are in favor. The poll found that 59% of school board members who responded are in favor of starting the school day f…

Clarence

A Buffalo woman who was tracked down after a hit-and-run crash in Clarence Thursday with three empty bottles of wine in her car was arrested for driving while intoxicated and other charges, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Department. Deputies said Casandra Mentecky, 26, had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit of .08 after she was pulled over, result…

Obituaries

April 30, 1932 – Aug. 17, 2019 Dr. Donald F. Woodworth, a dentist in Clarence for more than 55 years, died Saturday in Harris Hill Nursing Facility, Lancaster, of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 87. Born in Buffalo, he was a 1950 graduate of Amherst High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo and completed his dental d…

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This was a criminal caper more than 100 years in the making, an Agatha Christie mystery mixed with "Say Yes to the Dress" that was tailor-made for the History Channel. Someone got into the Clarence Historical Society museum and made off with a handful of items, highlighted by a hand-stitched wedding dress dating back to the early 20th century. And here's the most int…