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Cellphone users reported thousands of “dead zones” across New York State where they called service spotty or nonexistent, Sen. Charles E. Schumer said Wednesday.

Schumer, D-N.Y., said constituents informed his office of more than 5,000 poor-service zones – including 733 in Western New York – after he asked for their input last October.

His office didn’t provide a county-by-county breakdown but said Erie County had the second-highest number of reports in the state.

Schumer said he will take the list of dead-zone locations to wireless providers and urge them to improve their service.

Wireless providers have invested more than $32 billion in infrastructure around the country, including more than 10,000 cell sites, between 2014 and 2015 as customers’ mobile data usage more than doubled, said Jamie Hastings, senior vice president for external and state affairs for CTIA: The Wireless Association, an industry trade group.


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Buffalo News publisher emeritus Stanford Lipsey and philanthropists John and Carol Kociela are the recipients of the 2016 Red Jacket Awards, the Board of Managers of the Buffalo History Museum announces. The awards will be presented at an annual dinner and ceremony Oct. 6 in the museum.

The Red Jacket Award is given “in recognition of quiet, continued, unbroken devotion to civic progress.” Lipsey served as publisher of The News from 1983 to 2013 and fostered new development at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and preservation efforts at the Darwin Martin House. The Kocielas are major benefactors of the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

The ceremony also will include the presentation of the Owen B. Augspurger Award, which recognizes local historians, to Jennifer Liber Raines, a leader in the Western New York Genealogical Society; and the presentation of the Daniel B. Niederlander Award, for outstanding historical programming, to the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum.

Tickets for the dinner are $150 per person or $275 per couple. A cocktail reception at 6 p.m. will be followed by dinner and the ceremony at 7. For reservations and information, call Alexis Greinert at 873-9644, ext. 318.


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Williamsville North High School’s new athletic field complex features two new scoreboards, including a video scoreboard, and nearly 295,000 square feet of artificial turf.

The grand opening for the new athletic field complex will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 16, before the homecoming football game between the Spartans and Niagara Wheatfield at North High School, 1595 Hopkins Road.

The field will accommodate football, soccer, field hockey, softball and lacrosse. The complex also features bleachers, press box, field lights, concession area and rest rooms.

The north fields are the first of three projects to be completed as part of $22.4 million in athletic field improvements approved by voters. Ground breaking on new fields at Williamsville East and Williamsville South high schools is to take place next spring.


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The press box at the Frontier Central High School athletic field has been renamed in honor of the district’s former grounds crew chief.

Stephen M. Plumer died Aug. 1, 31 days after he retired from the district, School Board President Janet MacGregor Plarr said.

“Steve really was an integral part of this district forever, for as long as I can remember,” she said.

As grounds crew chief, “Steve was the guy who took care of the ball field,” among other things, she said.

A ceremony will be conducted before the Falcons home football game at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 to dedicate the press box, Superintendent Bret Apthorpe said.

Plarr said that all the players knew Plumer, who was 58.

“Even though he wasn’t in the classroom he connected with kids in other ways,” she said.


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The American Red Cross is reaching out to potential eligible blood donors of all types across Western New York this month.

September has been designated National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. In addition to aiding those in need of donated blood following a large-scale emergency or for a surgical procedure, the Red Cross collects and stores blood for those with chronic conditions, like sickle cell disease. Patients with this chronic malady are prevented from producing enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen throughout their bodies and may require monthly blood transfusions to stabilize their health.

The Red Cross requires a diverse supply of blood to meet the diverse needs of all the patients it serves. Red blood cells carry markers that determine one’s blood type, as well as blood types that are either unique to or more prevalent among certain ethnic groups.


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The WNY Coalition of Peace, Justice & Nonviolence Advocates, made up of more than 115 local activist organizations, will hold its third annual Festival and Walk at 2:30 p.m. Sunday along the Buffalo River from Canalside to the Erie Basin Marina gardens.

In addition to the Walk For Peace, there will be food, vendors, children’s activities, information tables, Haudenausaunee drummers and singers, dancing, and music by Ismail & Co. It is free and open to the public.


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The Rev. Peter J. Drilling, the Rev. Gregory M. Faulhaber and Kathleen Heffern will be honored at Christ the King Seminary’s annual Curé of Ars awards dinner Oct. 6 at The Atrium @ Rich’s in Buffalo.

Drilling is being recognized for his ministerial leadership as pastor of several parishes in the Diocese of Buffalo, including his current position as rector of St. Joseph Cathedral.

Faulhaber is being honored for his roles as professor of moral theology, director of formation and vice rector at the seminary for many years before becoming pastor of Queen of Heaven in 2015.

Heffern is receiving an award for her advocacy of the continuing education of lay ministers in her position as diocesan director of parish life.

The dinner and an awards ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m.

For more information on tickets or sponsorship opportunities for the Curé of Ars Awards Dinner, visit or call 847-8373.


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Jazz/R&B recording artist E-Life 7 will conclude the Terminal Jazz Series at 6 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Central Terminal, 495 Paderewski Drive.

E-Life 7 (EL7) features Buffalo Music Hall of Fame members Michael Pennick on bass and Ron Walker on guitar, supported by Charlie Crymes and Rodney Spears, both keyboards, and Tim Webb, drums. The group will be rehearsing at the Central Terminal on Sept. 13.

The three-performance series debuted on July 13, featuring talent from the Colored Musicians Club.

Admission is $5. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

For more information, visit www.elife-7 or


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Members of the Guide Dog Users of the Empire State will be able to attend the annual New York State conference of the American Council of the Blind in Buffalo next month as officially chartered members of the national group.

Earlier this year, the guide dog organization was accepted as the ninth chapter of the American Council of the Blind of New York and will be presented with its charter at a banquet during the conference Oct. 21 to Oct. 23 in the Holiday Inn, 620 Delaware Ave. The conference will be hosted by the American Council of the Blind of Western New York.

“We are so excited to finally be offering a workshop and membership meeting during the state convention,” says Annie Chiappetta, president of Guide Dog User of the Empire State.

For more information on the guide dog group, visit To find out more about the American Council of the Blind, visit


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Erie Community College is accepting nominations for its 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards, which will be presented at the college’s annual “Celebrate ECC” gala on the evening of March 9, 2017.

ECC graduates wll be honored in three categories: Distinguished Alumni; Distinguished Alumni Faculty/Employee; and Louis J. Billittier Honorary Alumni Award. Nominations for this year’s awards will be accepted through Oct. 7.

Anyone who is interested in nominating someone or getting more information about the nomination process can contact Stephanie King, director of alumni relations, at 851-1999 or at Further information about the awards is available from


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Women and minority-owned businesses that think they have a business plan worth funding are invited to pitch their idea to the latest 43North competition.

A first-place win is worth $10,000. Second and third places each get $5,000.

The competition is open to women and minority-owned businesses in the Buffalo area operating for a least a year as of Sept. 23, 2016 and have between one and 50 full-time employees.

Applications are available on the second floor of Buffalo City Hall, or online at or the city’s website -

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Sept. 23. They can be submitted on-line or mailed to: Excelsior Growth Fund, Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center, c/o Sherri Falck, 334 E. Utica St. 6, Buffalo, NY 14208.

The 43North initiative is part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s economic development program.

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