A family affair

Keith DeGraff, wife Erin and children, Henry, 6; Porter, 7; and Sam, 15 months, help during the annual Day of Caring on Saturday at Clarence Center Elementary School. This year’s theme was “Clarence Center Grows Caring” and featured dozens of families coming together to improve the school’s appearance.

Drive-thru layout issues stall project

A proposed Kenyon’s gas station at 8250 Main St., featuring a Tim Hortons drive-thru, was met with much opposition from neighboring homeowners when the project came up for a public hearing during the May 14 Town Board meeting. Project plans include an exit onto Westwood Road. At issue was the amount of traffic a Tim Hortons drive-thru would create for […]

Ben Sauer dies, 5-year-old inspired WNY community

The bright-eyed, 5-year-old Clarence Center boy who galvanized the Western New York community to hope that even the worst diagnosis could be overcome with faith and hope has passed away. Benjamin David Sauer died May 13, succumbing to complications from brain cancer. He is survived by his mother, Mindy, father Andy, twin brother Jack and sister Megan, as well as […]

Nativity principal to retire after 40 years

They say that upper management sets the tone of the workplace, and in education, that role is often left to the school’s principal. At Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary School in Harris Hill, that responsibility has been on the shoulders of Principal Cherie Ansuini since 1991. Ansuini is retiring this summer after spending 40 years working in education — […]

Coach to be celebrated by family, friends


Clarence resident Tony Gagliardi will be turning 65 on Friday, and his family plans to celebrate in style by throwing him a party this weekend. While many friends and loved ones will no doubt be in attendance, there are many more people in town who know Gagliardi and would probably like to send him birthday wishes. That’s because the married […]


Members of the Clarence American Legion Post 838 color guard stand at attention along with others attending a flagpole dedication at Rock Oak Estates in honor of Armed Forces Day on Saturday.

Clarence high school students travel to Italy

Five Clarence high school students took the trip of a lifetime over their spring break, when they traveled to Italy, performing as part of the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra. The five students, Gabriella Alberico, who plays oboe and English horn; Emanuel Rockwell, who plays bassoon; Mitchell Knight, who plays trombone; Alice Kreher, who plays clarinet; and Lauren Scanio, who plays […]

News Brief

The Clarence Planning Board meeting set for 7 tonight will be a joint session with the Town Board and will take place at Town Hall, 1 Town Place. The meeting will cover discussions about the role of the existing Master Plan and Master Plan 2025 draft goals. Proposed Sign Code changes and promoting commercial development are also on the agenda.

Drive seeking staples for troops stationed abroad

Assemblywoman Jane Corwin is partnering with Rep. Chris Collins, State Sen. George Maziarz, the Blue Star Mothers, Boy Scouts of America and a number of local grocery stores to collect items for care packages for men and women of the nation’s armed forces stationed around the globe. The inaugural “Support Our Troops Drive” is seeking donations now through June. “As […]

Senior Health & Fitness Day fair and seminar

National Senior Health & Fitness Day is Wednesday, May 28, and the Akron-Newstead Senior Center is hosting a wellness fair and seminar to celebrate. Five speakers will make presentations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, located at 5691 Cummings Road, Akron. Beth Nicastro, registered nurse and women’s health educator/community coordinator of WomenCare for Catholic Health System, will […]