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Young adults sometimes have some trouble talking to their older co-workers or boss. But a NextGen Development series will address that and other issues on helping to bridge the generational gap between the current workforce and those entering it. The first session will be on how to have difficult conversations with a superior or with a client. Sponsored by the Southt…

Crime

A Lackawanna man who sold drugs to an undercover police officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to a fentanyl charge, according to the United States Attorney for the Western District of New York. Larry D. Brodie, 38, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to possession with the intent to distribute butyryl fentanyl. The charge carries a maximum penalty of…

Columns

Rick Wegryn read on Facebook about the ceremony for Casimer Mazurek. Wegryn, a retiree from Bethlehem Steel, put in almost 30 years in the steel plant. Sometimes, in the first seconds after sleep, he will come out of a dream and believe he is still there, walking from the lunchroom to go back to the floor. He said that once you have done the work, once you have seen the…

Local News

The Lackawanna City Council Monday night awarded contracts for roofing and asbestos abatement at the former Knights of Columbus building at 2838 South Park Ave. The action marked a significant step in the planned exit from the burnt-orange City Hall at 714 Ridge Road. The roofing contract totaling $386,000 was awarded to Progressive Roofing, Inc. of Grote Street, and Ma…

Lackawanna

About a dozen residents gathered at Lackawanna City Hall Monday for a City Council meeting to protest the killing of a coydog by the city animal control officer. After an outdoor protest, the residents filed into Council chambers, where they approached the podium to address lawmakers. "What do you expect taxpayers to do when we don't have any faith in a service we pa…

Buffalo

Chris Hawley was ready to leave. It was a cloudy November day last year at Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna, and his search of an area near South Park Avenue, a section crowded with small and humble tombstones, had been to no avail. A friend, Pat McNichol, gave it one last shot. In a quiet graveyard where wandering deer often pause on the trails, McNichol scanned the g…

Lackawanna

Lackawanna residents, upset over the recent shooting death of an animal by the city’s animal control officer at Holy Cross Cemetery, plan to attend the City Council meeting Monday night to voice their concerns. “We want answers and accountability. Why did an innocent animal get shot?” asked resident Steve Fontaine. "We think the animal had mange, but that’s not a death …

Local News

Four governments in Western New York are on a list of the 20 counties, cities and villages across the state that are close to reaching their constitutional tax limit, according to a report released Tuesday. This represents the maximum amount of property taxes a local government can raise each year, and the state Comptroller's Office considers it a troubling sign to reac…

Obituaries

Aug. 29, 1926 – Aug. 3, 2019 Richard Sterling, a Lackawanna photographer whose lens captured more than half a century of local history and thousands of personalities, including President Ronald Reagan on the campaign trail, died Saturday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 92. His subjects included Catholic bishops, New York governors and …

Two masked men vaulted over the counter of a Lackawanna credit union, sprayed two tellers with an unknown substance and made off with two duffel bags of cash last week, local and federal law enforcement officials said Monday. The robbery took place at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Southtowns Community Federal Credit Union, 3040 South Park Ave., said Maureen Dempsey, …

Buffalo

Patricia White Hancock still has vivid memories of her brother. She was a little girl when Gatlin White served with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, a guy who would routinely show up with teddy bears and even a children's table and chairs for his sisters at Christmas. They were born into the Seneca Nation on the Cattaraugus territory. After Gatlin completed his duty w…

Lackawanna

In 2014, Islamic leaders in Lackawanna were rebuffed in their effort to build a mosque inside a former office building on Abbott Road. Five years later, they have returned to City Hall with a proposal to build a youth center on the site. “The underlying issue with the original project was the community’s opposition to a mosque in their neighborhood,” said Anis Saif. …

Business

Seven months after Alliance Innovative Manufacturing in Lackawanna abruptly shut down, its owner has sold the manufacturing facility to a Blasdell company that makes racks, shelving and other storage products. Rapistak Corp., through the David Aidan Group LLC, paid $1.32 million for the 3.04-acre complex at 1 Alliance Drive, just north of Smoke Creek off the Hamburg Tur…

Local News

A state court decision allowing Amherst to take over a former gas station in Eggerstville means the "zombie" property is close to coming back to life. But the New York City billionaire who owns the site is so frustrated by the town's attempt to grab control that he said he's made a decision: Erie County is dead to him. "We will make zero investment in Erie County. Th…