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NORTH TONAWANDA – Tom McGinley, 68, of Clarence, was a commercial airline pilot for 37½ years, working for Midway Airlines, when the terrorists struck on Sept. 11, 2001.He lost his job, which forced him to re-examine his life, and led him to the other passion in his life – music.“People say they lost their jobs, but I really lost my career,” said McGinley. “Being a pilot w…

WHEATFIELD – It seems that this year’s campaign for town offices in Wheatfield will offer another opportunity to refight the battles of 2009, the final year of Timothy E. Demler’s tenure as town supervisor.Thomas J. Larson, who is running against incumbent Robert B. Cliffe for supervisor, declared at a news conference Aug. 22 that the town’s large surpluses show Wheatfield…

LackawannaThe City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Council chambers in City Hall, 714 Ridge Road, with a work session followed by a regular voting meeting at 7 p.m.Also this week:• The Father Baker Council #2243 Knights of Columbus, 2838 South Park Avenue, will host its annual fall meat raffle at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 per person…

ClarenceClarence’s concerned constituents will have an opportunity to eat with and greet their locally elected public representatives Saturday at a continental style breakfast meeting sponsored by the Clarence Chamber of Commerce.The event, billed as a legislative breakfast, is scheduled for 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the WBBZ-TV Studio in the Eastern Hills Mall, Transit Road, Cla…

Anniversaries

Mr. and Mrs. Richard K. Vantine Sr. of Youngstown celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a quiet evening with their children at home. Mr. Vantine and Roberta L. Riggs were married Aug. 21, 1948, in Hamburg Presbyterian Church. He is a retired general foreman for the shipping department of Ford Motor Co. with 40 years of service; she is a retired dental assistant at…

Niagara County

NORTH TONAWANDA – The big thing Lumberjack’s Patio Grill has going for it – aside from a gorgeous view of the upper Niagara River – is the fact that its menu, though limited, focuses strongly on locally produced products.There are Wardynski’s hot dogs, Costanzo’s rolls, DiRuss sausage, Anderson’s ice cream. They even rely upon local farmers for their fresh produce. It’s a …

Anniversaries

Mr. and Mrs. Ethan L. Peters of Lancaster celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a renewal of marriage vows by the Rev. Joseph Klos in Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Bowmansville, followed by a family dinner in Red Mill Inn, Clarence. A Caribbean cruise is planned in the fall. Mr. Peters and Rosemarie Pillittere were married Aug. 24, 1963, in Holy Cross Cat…

Niagara County

BURT – The rooster crows, a hummingbird darts around the side porch of the 1850 red brick Italianate home, and people stoop in the gardens to pick collard greens and peppers. The red barn looms behind the house, offering visitors dark, cool relief from the hot sun and the opportunity to see an Underground Railroad hiding spot in its basement, next to an icehouse and smokeh…

EvansThe Lake Shore Central School Board will hold a work session at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the District Office Conference Room at Lake Shore High School, 959 Beach Road, Angola.On the agenda: discussion of the district’s mission statement and vision statement and a work session.Also this week:• The Evans Town Board will hold an agenda meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, foll…

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MILWAUKEE – When taken to extremes, hoarding can become dangerous. It impairs use and function of space, it can cause fires and even creates the possibility of suffocation.Even though Micah MacArthur calls himself a hoarder, to an outside observer he is more of a collector, a do-it-yourselfer and a designer.Walk into MacArthur’s home in the 3100 block of Booth St. in Milwa…

Orchard ParkOrchard Park Town Board members are pushing for a swift completion to the water main replacement on Timberlake Drive. The street has had more than 25 water line breaks in 20 years, and the town is planning to go to bid this fall on a pipe replacement project.“I don’t want somebody to wait through March to get a shovel in,” Councilman Eugene Majchrzak said.Town…

LEWISTON – Whether it’s the raucous rides, the popular parade or outstanding peach shortcake, everyone has his or her favorite at the Niagara County Peach Festival, planned for Friday through Sunday in Academy Park.But the one underlying theme to this community event, presented by the Kiwanis Club of Lewiston, is its history of donating more than $1 million to area organiz…

Amherst

Mr. and Mrs. Wesley C. Starkweather of Amherst celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family gathering and a trip to Toronto. Mr. Starkweather and the former Joy A. Kesler were married Aug. 29, 1953, in Free Methodist Church, Watertown. He is a retired high school principal and assistant superintendent in the Maryvale School District. She is a receptionist at Sch…

Kenmore Mercy Hospital has earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission in both hip and knee joint replacements in 2013, making it one of only 12 hospitals in New York State to earn this dual distinction. The Catholic Health hospital remains the first and only hospital in Western New York to merit this achievement since 2011. To earn this distinction, Kenmore…

Erie County

Neither Bert D. Dunn nor Richard E. Dobson ever even dipped their toes into politics over their long careers in law enforcement, but as candidates for Erie County sheriff in the Sept. 10 Democratic primary, they suddenly find themselves neck deep in the party’s intramural battles.A look at the insiders of their organizations tells the story.Sitting at workers’ tables in Du…