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An Eden man who killed his mother inside their home on Thursday is being held in custody in Erie, Pa., on a murder charge, authorities said. Wayne Kozak, 48, is accused of shooting his 79-year-old mother, Mary Louise Kozak, in the home they shared at 8925 E. Eden Road. He was apprehended in the bathroom of an Erie hotel by Pennsylvania State Police. Eden Polic…

Stephen A. Bovino, a retired Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda schools administrator who had served as the school district's interim superintendent for the past three months, was unanimously appointed to take on the role permanently by the Ken-Ton School Board on Wednesday. He will be paid $165,000 a year to head the third largest district in the Buffalo area, with two high sch…

A discussion on upcoming school budgets has been added to the "Leaders of Western New York" luncheon series on Friday in Hamburg. Hamburg Superintendent Michael Cornell and Frontier Superintendent Bret Apthorpe will talk about their school district budgets that will come up for a vote May 16. They will be followed by state Sen. Christopher Jacobs, R-Buffalo, who will gi…

After saving the homeowners, Arcade Fire Department volunteers at fires will be able give family pets oxygen, too. The fire company has received two pet oxygen mask kits from Invisible Fence of Upstate New York. The donation is part of the company's Project Breathe program, which has a goal of equipping every fire station in the United States and Canada with pet oxygen …

West Seneca Central School District will pay Interim Superintendent Whitney K. Vantine $750 a day, which works out to an annual salary of $195,000 a year. The district released the contract for its new interim superintendent two days after School Board President Kate Newton refused to tell The Buffalo News how much Vantine would be paid. After the board appointed Vantin…

Plans have been made. The old playground is down. And now the Hamburg Community Playground needs more volunteers to build the new playground later this month. “Hundreds of volunteers are needed for the four dates, and only half of the spots have been filled to this point,” said Laura Herman, volunteer chairwoman for playground building. “Volunteers do not need to …

Hamburg Democrats have endorsed three candidates for Town Board, and the incumbent town justice for re-election. The council candidates are Laura Palisano Hackathorn, a Hamburg village trustee, former Town Board member and retired Lackawanna teacher Cheryl Potter Juda and attorney Matt Kibler, who serves on the board of directors for the Erie County Stadium Corp. Tow…

The 23-year-old pregnant woman injured in a collision late Tuesday on Route 400 in Elma has been identified as Nadjha Davis of Buffalo. The Erie County Sheriff's Department said she is in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center. The other driver, of a pickup truck, was identified as Kevin Geary, 25, of East Aurora. He was expected to be treated and released, sa…

The West Seneca School Board Tuesday night hired former Tonawanda Superintendent Whitney K. Vantine to serve as interim superintendent. Vantine will start May 1, after Superintendent Mark Crawford retires April 28. Crawford, who had announced his retirement last November, attended his last board meeting Tuesday night. The School Board had intended to hire a permanent…

The granddaughter of former Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson will lead a panel discussion on "How Vital is Corporate Environmental Responsibility?" Julia Craighill, an architect in Chevy Chase, Md., will open the program at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Jackson Center, 305 E. Fourth St., Jamestown, with reflections on her grandfather's experiences in Chautauqua County …

State Sen. Christopher L. Jacobs is the latest to join the Leaders of Western New York speakers series of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. Jacobs will speak at a lunch at noon Friday in J.P. Fitzgerald's Restaurant, 4236 Clark St., Hamburg. A question-and-answer session will follow his remarks. The public is invited, and reservations can be made by contacting the Chambe…

New York State's record-spending clean water infrastructure bill will tackle projects from new water and sewer lines for cities to a new septic system at a rural house. The $2.5 billion for big and small projects will go a long way to improve the quality of lakes, streams and rivers, state legislators said Monday. Members of the Western New York State Legislative del…

Jan. 2, 1928 - March 26, 2017 Bill Parsons had been teaching at the Gow School in South Wales for several years when he asked Alice Gow, the wife of the headmaster, for advice on how to update his college-age attire. Mrs. Gow, known for her grace and honesty with students and faculty alike, told him a single-breasted, three-button, gray flannel suit. Not too light, …

West Seneca Town Board members will conduct a special meeting at 10 a.m. Monday to consider awarding a contract for mold remediation work at the town ice rink. The supervisor said air quality at the rink was tested and there were no health issues, according to minutes of the March 27 meeting. The rink in past years has opened in August. But this year the ice will not b…