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A mixed bag of property tax levies

Counties, cities, townships and school districts throughout the state have set their preliminary maximum property tax levies for next year. In Douglas County, the proposed levies are all over the board, from decreases of 7 percent in Lake Mary Township to increases as high as 22.2 percent for the Al

ECHO PRESS - 2017-11-24 14:33:00

Christmas in the Fort Festive Cheer

In the unusually warm late November weather, families gathered to watch Mr. and Mrs. Claus make their entrance outside of the Runestone Museum, complete with a police escort. Shrieks of delight resounded from the Erickson's Petting Zoo animal pen just within the gates of the festival. The pen featu

ECHO PRESS - 2017-11-24 22:21:52

1917: Sudden roaring storm claims a life

1917, 100 years ago: A most peculiar weather phenomenon took place when a storm from the west suddenly struck this vicinity. There was considerable wind with sharp flashes of lightning and loud peals of thunder followed by a blinding downpour of rain, hail, snow and sleet. It lasted only 10 minutes,

ECHO PRESS - 2017-11-23 18:21:00

Are farmers getting gouged on rent?

Ernie Miska, an Alexandria man who manages farm land for his elderly mother, think farmers are paying too much to rent farmland. "The farmers are getting the short end of the stick," said the retired truck driver, who manages about 600 tillable acres in Polk County. "Crop prices have come down but r

ECHO PRESS - 2017-11-23 14:02:00

Program gives away 200th car; 'I can better provide for myself,' recipient says

Terrie Premis of Alexandria knows what she is thankful for this Thanksgiving - the means to get to and from her new job at Prairie Senior Cottages. Premis, who moved to Alexandria about a year ago, was the 200th recipient of a donated car from the Douglas County Car Care Program. On Wednesday, Nov.


Stepping up for shoppers: Retail management certificates pay off in the workforce

Though Kristen Sletto has worked at Target and has been regarded as a good employee for five years, her employers have recently started to see even more improvement in her customer service skills. This is because Sletto, a marketing and sales management student at Alexandria Technical and Community


COMMENTARY: The amazing impact of community giving

November 12-18 is National Community Foundation Week. President George H.W. Bush designated this week in 1989, 28 years ago. West Central Initiative - a regional community foundation - and our donors are among those "thousand points of light" that he believed would make our country shine. This past


EDITORIAL: A good time to count your blessings

Beyond the turkey and the stuffing, Thanksgiving provides a time for reflection - an opportunity to count one's blessings and to express gratitude for the many things, big and small, that make life better. Here at the Echo Press we offer just a few items that we are grateful for this Thanksgiving:


Kenmore Police looking for help to identify armed robbery suspect

KENMORE, N.Y. (WIVB) - The Kenmore Police Department is looking for help from the public to identify a suspect in an armed robbery Nov. 14. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Fell 875-1234 ex 32 or the confidential tip line at Tipline @kenmorepolice.org.

WIVB - 2017-11-24 18:41:34

Local officers provide family with Thanksgiving meal

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Three Town of Tonawanda police officers are getting a well deserved thank you from a local family, who may not otherwise have been able to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner. What started off as a routine call to make sure the family was doing OK, ended up being so much mor

WIVB - 2017-11-24 23:58:11

Big box vs. local - shoppers weighing options for where to spend their money

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) - Millions of shoppers are hitting stores early, looking for the best deals and where to spend their money. "It's make or break for retailers," said Charles Lindsey, an associate professor at the University of Buffalo School of Management. "It's such a big time of year for

WIVB - 2017-11-24 22:31:56

Elmwood Avenue stores gear up for Small Business Saturday

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- The idea of shopping local, both on Black Friday and the days leading up to Christmas, is a growing trend that started in Buffalo a few years ago. Nationally, some credit card companies offer incentives to spend money at local stores for Small Business Saturday. Thin Ice Gift S

WIVB - 2017-11-24 21:57:55

DWI checkpoint in Hamburg results in DWI arrests over the weekend

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) - A DWI checkpoint on Camp Road netted two drunk drivers over the Thanksgiving holiday. According to the Erie County STOP DWI Office, the road was the site of a focused anti-DWI effort, a combined effort between Hamburg Police and New York State Troopers. Nearly 1,000 vehicles p

WIVB - 2017-11-24 18:36:59

Expats home for the holidays noticing changes around the region

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Many expats are heading home for the holidays now. As they're walking around, they're seeing all the changes in the region. "It has changed a lot," said Scott Stachowski. "I like Buffalo a lot more now than when I was younger. There's a lot to do." Stachowski grew up in the El

WIVB - 2017-11-24 22:51:06

Kenmore West grad, Marine without a place to live after fire rips through home

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Jeremy Leatherbarrow spent the past four years living just outside a military base in North Carolina. The U.S. Marine sergeant was excited for the upcoming holidays because maybe he'd get the chance to return to Buffalo to see his family and girlfriend. But on Nov. 12, he was

WIVB - 2017-11-25 00:03:52

New milestones give 'Baby Shawn' Kennedy's family reasons to be thankful

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- It's often around the holidays when you hear the phrase "it's the little things in life that matter." For Nicole Vathy, it's the chance to see her son play baseball, go fishing, or hope for money from the tooth fairy. Two years ago, Shawn 'Baby Shawn' Kennedy and his family wer

WIVB - 2017-11-24 22:01:34

Suspended Rutland firefighter arrested again

Police mug shot of Brent Garrow following his arrest on Thursday. RUTLAND - A Rutland City firefighter suspended from his job since his arrest this summer for allegedly impersonating a police officer is facing new criminal charges of drunken driving and leaving the scene of a crash early Thanksgivin

VTDIGGER - 2017-11-24 17:03:17

City firefighter charged with DUI, leaving the scene

Brent Garrow, a city firefighter and former Pittsford police officer, shown during an August court appearance. ROBERT LAYMAN / STAFF FILE PHOTO A city firefighter charged with impersonating a police officer has now been charged with drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident. Rutland City

RUTLAND HERALD - 2017-11-24 11:22:18

Police find no evidence of bomb at Walmart, despite threat

Rutland City Police responded to a report of a bomb at the Rutland Walmart. Patrick McArdle / Staff Photo The Rutland City Police Department responded to the Walmart on Friday afternoon after having an anonymous bomb threat relayed to them by the Winooski Police Department. Police search for a backp

RUTLAND HERALD - 2017-11-24 14:03:40

Rutland Town job: Interest is high

The deadline for applications isn't until next week, but a vacant administrative assistant's position in the Rutland Town office has generated plenty of interest, according to the head of the Select Board. Joshua Terenzini, chairman of the town's board of selectmen, said Tuesday the town would accep