Schools face $6.4 million budget gap for 2013-14

A $6.4 million budget gap is projected for next year in the Clarence School District, according to a preliminary spending plan outlined by Superintendent Geoffrey Hicks during a Monday night work session. “There are some uncontrollable cost increases in our budget — namely pensions and health care — that are putting fiscal stress on the deficit,” Hicks told a nearly […]

Colleagues, friends remember former Supervisor Hallock

Former Town Supervisor Kathleen Hallock died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, succumbing to cancer at the age of 69. News of Mrs. Hallock’s passing was announced by Councilman Patrick Casilio at the Clarence Chamber of Commerce’s State of the Town address being held at Orazio’s restaurant. “Unfortunately, it is with a heavy heart that I have to say during this meeting […]

Homemade ice rinks keep winter fun

Ice rinks and Western New York are synonymous. From municipal town facilities like the ones in Tonawanda and Amherst, to major league venues such as the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, it just isn’t winter without a place to lace up. Clarence has been doing it without any roofs, however. “I grew up in Tonawanda, and you could go to […]

Rath seeking nominations for Citizen of the Month

Erie County Legislator Ed Rath is seeking nominations for the Legislature’s Citizen of the Month Award, recognizing outstanding members of the community. Rath will recognize a resident from his district, which includes the Town of Clarence, in June. “Last year was the first year the Legislature presented Citizen of the Month Awards, and I was amazed by the accomplishments of […]



County Dems Committee moving headquarters

The Erie County Democratic Committee will be moving its headquarters to the Larkin Center of Commerce, 701 Seneca St., Buffalo, in March. The party has been located in the Ellicott Square Building for nearly 20 years, and Committee Chairman Jeremy Zellner, of Tonawanda, says the time has come for a change of venue. “The Ellicott Square Building is a great […]

Clarence resident started marriage with ship christening

Elza Gehring wasn’t looking for any special treatment when she made the decision to marry a young naval officer from Batavia almost 70 years ago. A secretary at Westinghouse in Pittsburgh, she had met Robert Gehring while he was between assignments for the Navy, working as an engineer with the Pennsylvania company. The two hit it off right away and […]