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Lane Restrictions on Niagara Section of I-190

The I-190 in both directions will have lane restrictions starting Monday, August 30.

The I-190 between Exit 17 (River Road) and Exit 18B (Grand Island Boulevard) will be closed overnight from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The overnight work is scheduled to conclude Thursday, September 2.  

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Tonawanda Triathlon For Kids

TONAWANDA, NY - Kids 'n Balance and the Town of Tonawanda Youth, Parks and Recreation Department held the second annual Triathlon for Kids on Sunday.

The event started at the Town of Tonawanda Aquatic and Fitness Center and finished at the Hoover School outdoor track.

Over 50 participants were registered for the event, ranging in ages from 4-18. Participants competed in certain age groups in the swim, bike, and run events.

Kids 'n Balance is a wellness center that provides fitness classes, nutrition education and counseling services for families, children and teens. They use interactive communication and trust building skills while maintaining a fun physical challenging atmosphere.

Traffic Tracker 2: Ramp to 190 Southbound Closed

TONAWANDA, N.Y. - The 290 westbound ramp to the 190 southbound has been closed. Traffic is being rerouted to the 190 northbound.

NITTEC officials say the closure is due to a construction problem.

Stay tuned to 2 On Your Side and wgrz.com for updates.

Dry Summer & Bird Feeders Blamed on Rat Problem in Kenmore, Town of Tonawanda

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WGRZ) - Sightings of rats are higher than normal this summer in the Village of Kenmore and Town of Tonawanda. Officials are considering new regulations on bird feeders and pet waste.

The Erie County Health Department says there have been 299 rat sightings reported in Ken-Ton since June 30th. The say that there are a number of reasons for that. One being the hot and dry summer. Rats are more on the move in search of water and food. Officials also say that bird feeders and ground feeding of birds and squirrels are attracting the unwanted guests. Another attraction for rodents in pet waste.

Kenmore Village Clerk Kathleen Johnson says Village officials are considering stricter regulations regarding pet waste and bird feeders. The issue may be addressed at their next Village Board meeting on September 8th.

The Village recently sent out flyers that included tips on keeping your property free of rodents. 

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City Salaries in Line with State Average

ALBANY, N.Y. -- City of North Tonawanda employees had an average pay of $43,031 for its 212 employees, while 87 City of Tonawanda employees had an average pay of $37,864, according to a report released Thursday by the Empire Center for New York State Policy. The average pay for city employees across the state is $43,817.

The Town of Tonawanda’s 496 employees earned an average of $43,058.

EPA Orders Tonawanda Coke To Clean Waste Water

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WGRZ) - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today ordered Tonawanda Coke to comply with the Clean Water Act. Testing done during the months of April, March and June discovered that the plant was releasing cyanide in amounts that exceeded permitted levels in their waste water which is sent to the Town of Tonawanda's Water Treatment Facility.

Under their permit with the Town of Tonawanda, Tonawanda Coke processes its waste water at the plant. The water is permitted to contain several chemicals, but only at certain amounts. Cyanide, for example, cannot exceed 1.1 parts per million. Those chemicals are treated and/or removed before the water is sent into the Niagara River by the treatment plant.

“Welcome Crew” Welcomes New Students at Kenmore West

Elizabeth Brock, a Junior at Kenmore West High School, and Sophomore James Benders, both have fond and welcoming memories of their first day as Freshmen at Kenmore West.  Neither felt nervous, lost, or not welcome when they walked into the school for the first time as freshman. 

They knew exactly where homeroom was, where their classes were throughout the building, and even remembered friends from their Freshman Orientation.  A big reason for that feeling of comfort was the “Welcome Crew” at Kenmore West High School, a group of student volunteers who worked hard making the transition to high school an easy one.

“Being a freshman was great.  I loved it.  The first day was really easy because everyone was so nice, and students showed you where to go,” said Brock.

“I wasn’t nervous at all, thanks to the ‘Welcome Crew,’” said Benders.