2013-11-13

Veterans Day



Members of the American Legion Post 838 Color Guard stand at attention during the Veterans Day ceremony held at the Clarence Town Park Club House on Monday. From left are John Mosher, Jacque Georger, David Thuman and Robert Brzoska.

High school initiates emergency procedure following gun threat




Clarence High School initiated a “hold-in-place” procedure last week, following reports from students that they had seen a note mentioning a gun written on a boys’ bathroom wall. In a statement on the district’s website, it was noted that “administrators at Clarence High School were made aware of a message mentioning a gun that was written on a bathroom wall […]

English assignment turns into lesson in life




When Clarence High School English teacher Kevin Starr began his “Letters to Famous People” assignments more than 30 years ago, he viewed it as a way to help his students break out of their comfort zone by reaching out to a complete stranger. Letters would be sent out in the mail, sometimes to international celebrities, but more often local ones, […]

Casilio, DiCostanzo thankful for re-elections




Clarence Councilmen Patrick Casilio and Peter DiCostanzo, re-elected last week to four-year terms on the Town Board, expressed thanks and gratitude to voters during the Nov. 6 board meeting. In a three-way race for two seats that included Democratic challenger Tracy Francisco, the two Republican candidates won handily, each garnering 40 percent of the votes apiece, compared to Francisco’s 20 […]

Budget for 2014 holds line on spending




Clarence Supervisor Dave Hartzell submitted his preliminary 2014 budget to the Town Board and the public during the board’s meeting on Nov. 6. The budget holds the line on spending, actually showing a slight reduction from last year. The total budget appropriations call for $21.25 million in spending compared to last year’s $21.34 million. That equates to a reduction of […]

Man charged with hunting violation



A Lancaster man was charged with violating environmental conservation laws on Nov. 3 in the Town of Clarence after he allegedly took and transported a deer without a proper tag. According to a press release from State Police, Jacob Nichter, 26, was stopped on Sheridan Drive to check the deer for tags. The trooper discovered an improper tag on the […]

Superintendents react to sharing of student data

Clarence views database as secure


Area school superintendents are reacting in various ways to how inBloom, a nonprofit that manages student data, is taking control of that information. (See editorial on page four) According to West Seneca Superintendent Mark Crawford, his district was not made aware of the information-sharing policy when it signed on to receive Race to the Top federal education funding. “Apparently when […]

County reminds residents of health risks during National Diabetes Month



According to the office of the Erie County commissioner of health, Dr. Gale Burstein, diabetes is the most rapidly growing chronic disease of our time, and she reminds residents to be proactive about their health during November, which is National Diabetes Month. Diabetes has become an epidemic that affects almost one out of every 11 adult Erie County residents. The […]

Suspended registration leads to drug charges



A Cheektowaga woman was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance after her vehicle was stopped on Nov. 4 for being operated with a suspended registration on Main Street in Clarence. According to a press release from State Police, the operator of the car, Colleen Luckman, 34, was found to be in possession of two packages of Suboxone strips […]

Holiday Expo



Bridget Shamrock and son Kody, 12, meet with Bear, a rescue horse, during the holiday expo benefiting Phoenix Rising Equine Rescue held at Spruce Meadow Farm on Saturday.