2020-08-26 E-Edition

NT Common Council appoints 97-year-old to replace alderwoman

Braun to become clerk/treasurer

The North Tonawanda Common Council has appointed 97-year-old city resident William “Bill” Gosch as its next Second Ward Alderman, one of a pair of moves last week that are a response to a vacancy at the city’s clerk/treasurer position and the state of the city’s budget. (See editorial on page four) Gosch, a World War II veteran, was sworn in […]

KTSD to continue remote instruction in September, transition to hybrid model

After much discussion and planning, the Ken-Ton School District has finally settled on a reopening scenario, which will ask students to continue with fully remote instruction on Sept. 8 while the district works on an “incremental return” to hybrid instruction. In a video update on Friday, Superintendent Sabatino Cimato said remote instruction will continue until the district meets three goals, […]

Ken-Ton parents mixed on school reopening

Ken-Ton schools recently announced their decision to use fully remote instruction for the first five weeks of class, bringing students into a hybrid model in phases. Parents have widely varying opinions on this plan. “It’s not a popular decision, but I think that it was the right decision,” said Jessica Miller, who has kids in fifth, eighth and ninth grades […]

House approves Delivering for America Act following USPS rally

Rep. Brian Higgins, NY-26, joined Western New York postal workers and residents to speak out about recent changes imposed by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy that have impacted mail delivery and removed equipment from Western New York. The community gathered in front of the William Street mail processing facility in Buffalo on Friday, Aug. 21, the day before the congressman traveled […]

Nearly one-quarter of Sweet Home students opt for virtual learning

Nearly one-quarter of the entire student population in the Sweet Home Central School District has applied for virtual instruction only, for the upcoming fall semester. That was the up-to-the minute update given Aug. 17 to the board of education by Superintendent Tony Day. The Sweet Home Virtual Academy will offer students full-time remote learning each day as per the request […]

Higgins announces $929,000 FEMA grant for NY

Funding will
help state implement pandemic preparedness plan in WNY

Rep. Brian Higgins has announced that $929,414 in federal grant funding has been awarded to New York State for pandemic preparedness projects, to help increase the planned pandemic response in upstate New York, including Erie and Niagara counties. “The COVID pandemic hit many American communities hard and left local governments struggling to recover,” said Higgins. “We have to be better […]


– Sean Whitney snaps a wrist shot past defender Mason Wille during a recent roller hockey pickup game in Kenmore’s Mang Park.

Daemen honors Kenmore resident with faculty award

Kenmore resident Erica Frisicaro-Pawlowski, Ph.D., an associate professor of English at Daemen College, has been recognized with an Outstanding Faculty Award. The honor was announced by the college as part of President Gary Olson’s recent virtual State of the College address, and was among three Outstanding Faculty and Staff Awards given. Daemen also recognized Heidi Popek of Lancaster, coordinator of […]

Tonawanda man earns Postmaster General Hero Award

Letter carrier Peter Mellerski of the Tonawanda Post Office was awarded the USPS Postmaster General Hero Award in a ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 18. According to an article on USPS.com, “The Postmaster General Hero Award is given to USPS employees who go above and beyond the call of duty protecting human life and property.” Mellerski earned this award for his […]