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Town of TonawandaThe arrival of a popular late-summer event in the Sheridan Parkside neighborhood means it’s time to gear up for a new school year.The 7th annual Celebration Fest will take place in the rear parking lot of the Sheridan Parkside Community Center on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6.At the free event sponsored by New Covenant Tabernacle Church and Come Alive World mi…

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For one of New York State’s newest lottery winners, being handed an oversized check totaling $1 million dollars was just the latest wave in a tide of good fortune. On the receiving end of the winnings is Kenmore resident Alishea Gainer, 27, who also became engaged in December and recently completed her master’s degree in mental health counseling.“What a lucky streak,” said…

Erie County

NIAGARA FALLS – When the city gets a 50-acre parcel of land near Hyde Park Golf Course from the New York Power Authority, it’s going to come with a little something extra.The Porter Road parcel, located between the golf course and an old railroad yard just west of Interstate 190, also will come with about 9,000 cubic yards of sediment dredged from the Niagara River.The lan…

Anniversaries

Mr. and Mrs. Carlos T. Quince of Tonawanda celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a dinner and family gathering. Mr. Quince and Shirley Ziglar were married July 30, 1953, in Cheyenne, Wyo. He is retired from the Chevrolet plant in Buffalo. They have four children, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Joe Dash was born into the grocery business. As a child, he lived in an apartment above his father’s first grocery store on Buffalo’s East Side. He and his family were Tops franchisees for 40 years until 2001, when Dash bought two former B-Kwik stores in North Buffalo and Kenmore from his father and turned them into Dash’s Markets, returning to the name his grandmother use…

Buffalo

Learn firstThe following online sites can teach you more about the WNY paddling scene:• bnriverkeeper.org: Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper gives beginner kayak lessons and offers free tours on the Buffalo River, Scajaquada Creek, Black Rock Canal and Cayuga Creek in Niagara Falls. Sign up online. The nonprofit has 30 kayaks available for those who don’t have one – courtesy of …

In almost the same circumstances, a second 49-year-old woman was killed Friday morning crossing Niagara Falls Boulevard at Willow Ridge Drive at the Amherst-Town of Tonawanda border, the same spot where another woman was killed two months ago.The two fatalities have prompted a request by police for a meeting with state transportation officials.The Buffalo woman, identified…

East Aurora Garden Club will hold its annual picnic and auction at noon Monday in Hamlin Park, East Aurora....Cheektowaga Garden Club will hold its annual picnic for members from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday in Cheektowaga Town Park, shelter 1. Members are asked to bring a dish to pass and a lawn chair. RSVP to Ruth Diebold.Kenmore Garden Club will hold a tour of five members’ garde…

Aug. 25, 1941 – Aug. 5, 2013James D. Lynch, a retired mail engineer and small business owner, died Monday. He was 71.Mr. Lynch was born in Buffalo and grew up in the Town of Tonawanda, where he graduated from Kenmore West High School. He worked briefly at General Motors before joining the U.S. Army. Mr. Lynch served as a ballistic meteorologist at military bases throughou…

DuPont has agreed to pay a $440,000 fine as part of a settlement over alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at its plant in the Town of Tonawanda.The company also agreed to submit a new plan for testing methyl methacrylate emissions at the plant.Methyl Methacrylate is a chemical compound commonly used in the manufacture of plastics and coatings. The settlement ends civil…

Food and Drink

For decades, Chef Mary Ann Giordano worked in restaurants where she didn’t get much call for the Sicilian specialties she grew up with. Last year, Giordano and her father Paul published “The St. Joseph’s Day Table Cookbook,” a celebration of those dishes. This year, she took over the former O’Connell’s American Bistro on Kenmore Avenue, and opened GiGi’s Cucina Povera, a r…

Workers from the Goodyear Dunlop Tires North America plant in the Town of Tonawanda will vote next week on whether to ratify a tentative agreement reached last month.Members of United Steelworkers of America Local 135 will vote at the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road in Depew, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 12 and 13. The union will provide a review of the contract on bo…

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For decades, Chef Mary Ann Giordano worked in restaurants where she didn’t get much call for the Sicilian specialties she grew up with. Last year, Giordano and her father Paul published “The St. Joseph’s Day Table Cookbook,” a celebration of those dishes. This year, she took over the former O’Connell’s American Bistro on Kenmore Avenue, and opened GiGi’s Cucina Povera, a r…

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board on Tuesday asked its superintendent to look in detail at three school consolidation scenarios.One option – known as “Scenario G” in a consultant’s report – would close a middle school and an elementary school. That scenario was the preferred choice by a group of community stakeholders that met in June. The other two scenarios were…

Paramedics that serve the Town of Tonawanda and Village of Kenmore will have six new state-of-the-art cardiac monitors for use during medical emergencies thanks to a unique financial agreement between the town and the paramedics’ foundation.The town is able to obtain a much lower interest rate than the James V. Ryan Foundation for the $178,300.26 purchase of six Zoll X Ser…