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The Walkway of Freedom in West Seneca will be the site of the town's 47th annual Veterans Day ceremony next month. Sponsored by the West Seneca Veterans Committee, the ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the West Seneca Veterans Memorial Park located between West Seneca Town Hall and the West Seneca Public Library. The ceremony will feature units from the Wes…

History

The rocket attack blew U.S. Army Spc. Brian E. Will off the back of a transport truck and nearly tore off his ring finger. Will had only two months left in a 1969 tour of duty in Vietnam when he became a war casualty. His wife remembers the call as if it happened yesterday. “He called me at 3:30 in the morning,” said Linda Will. “I don’t want you to worry, but I’m…

Business

Certo Brothers Distributing Co., a century-old beer distributor in West Seneca, has been sold to a Rochester-based distributor. Employees were informed Friday afternoon that the company had been sold to Wright Beverage Distributing of Rochester. Certo Brothers will cease operations at its North America Drive facility Jan. 10, employees said. The Teamsters Union Lo…

Bills

Erich P. Nikischer was in the news two years ago after he thrust himself into a political debate. He's in the news again this week, but for something else: a conviction on domestic violence charges. Nikischer, 51, a state court officer from West Seneca, faces a year in jail and he was found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of criminal obstruction of breathing. He was c…

Buffalo

She was making a pot of beef and barley soup in 2013 when her phone rang. It was a detective from the Niagara Falls police. A woman had told police she was sexually abused many years earlier by a Niagara Falls City School District teacher, and that there may have been other victims. The detective asked the woman making soup if she was one of them. “I dropped an entir…

Crime

Federal prosecutors are asking parents in the West Seneca school district to talk to their children following new child pornography charges against a recently retired school psychologist. David M. Calaiacovo, 61, of Hamburg, is accused of receiving and possessing sexually explicit photos of underage girls, but prosecutors wonder if there is more to the case. “The gov…

Courts

St. Matthew's Cemetery in West Seneca hurriedly moved 215 caskets weeks ago without notifying the next of kin, shocking family members when they came to pay respects at burial sites no longer there. As dozens of families talk with an attorney about a class-action lawsuit, cemetery officials intend to ask a judge to approve the disinterments after the fact. A hearing is …

Education

For those who seek to be prepared when their dog or cat faces a medical emergency, the SPCA Serving Erie County will offer its second Pet First Aid Class of 2019, from 5 to 8 p.m. May 28 at its 300 Harlem Road, West Seneca, location. The class will cover how to identify the symptoms of serious emergencies that require immediate treatment. Instructors will lead those …

Cheektowaga

A Cheektowaga man has been arrested following a rash of break-ins this month in the Clinton Street area, near the West Seneca-Cheektowaga border, according to the West Seneca Police Department. Liam Date, whose age police did not provide, was charged Wednesday with three counts of burglary, one count of attempted burglary and numerous other charges in connection wit…

Buffalo

For many years, Kristen Sikorski sensed that something of deep meaning was missing in her family. As a young woman in Kenmore, with seemingly no close relatives beyond her two sisters and their parents, Sikorski knew vaguely that her maternal grandfather was killed in a plane crash. She had no idea that disaster, involving an American Airlines flight from Buffalo, wa…

Education

West Seneca School District voters Tuesday approved a $75.5 million capital improvement proposition by a vote of 1,441 to 487. The project includes improvements and renovations to all of the district's five elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools — as well as the Potters Road administration building. “We’re very excited and encouraged,” School Sup…

Bisons and Baseball

Feb. 28, 1948 – Oct. 18, 2018 Steven W. Nelson lived with cancer for most of a decade, but that did not stop him from continuing to show others the power of kindness, said lifelong friend Pete Hermann, who recalled a recent example. “I was getting ready to coach my final basketball game in Georgia and I hear there is someone who wants to try out for the team,” recalled…

Business

The Mayer Brothers Cider Mill and Bakery in West Seneca is open from late summer to the mid-fall season, for those seeking locally made cider, baked goods and maple syrup. The 166-year-old family-owned business opened for the season on Aug. 8 and will remain open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Nov. 30, according to the cider mill's website, mayersbrother.com. Lo…

Erie County

Baby Blue had lost considerable weight by the time Dr. Helen E. Sweeney examined the anorexic koi in her West Seneca office. The fish had not eaten in weeks, yet it unleashed a flurry of tail flaps as the veterinarian approached its tank. Sweeney, unfazed, trained her eyes on the pale blue fish. As she reached into the tank with one hand, its tail began to redden, a sig…