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The expansion of the the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park's hangar into a Hall of Honor is getting a boost from a $250,000 state grant. Assemblyman Michael Kearns announced the funding, which will be used for renovating, updating and expanding the Hall of Honor. As the popularity of the park grows, so has the desire from the public to donate historic it…

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Three foundations are supporting Community Concern of Western New York's acquisition of Hamburg Counseling Services, ensuring increased access to mental health services in the Southtowns. The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation and the Ralph Wilson Foundation awarded $129,440 to support the acquisition and the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York award…

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More than 400 West Seneca residents showed up Monday night to tell Town Board members the 12 percent projected tax increase is too much. Obscene, disgraceful and an enormous jump, residents said of the budget at a public hearing that lasted more than three hours at West Seneca West High School. Rick Miles of Diane Drive said he was happy when his daughter and her fam…

Erie County

No one knows how long Lake Erie water will continue to splash up on Route 5 in Athol Springs, causing the road to be closed. But Rep. Chris Collins said the project to keep storm waves at bay is "now a priority of mine." Collins got an update Friday from representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Hoak's Lakeshore Restaurant in Hamburg, which is next to where…

Education

A West Seneca East High School senior has won the logo design for MOOG's Regional Rocketry Challenge competition. Kelsey Kaufman, a member of the school's Engineering Club, said her teacher suggested she submit a drawing for the new logo. “My principal and everyone was super happy. My teacher was proud,” Kelsey said. “Now we see it on the sweatshirts for the co…

West Seneca Town Board members got an earful two weeks ago when residents filled Town Hall to complain about the proposed 12 percent increase in taxes in next year's budget. Round 2 will take place Monday, when residents have another chance to tell the Town Board what they think of the proposed budget. A second hearing will start at 6 p.m. in West Seneca West High S…

Erie County

Mark O'Brien of Marilla left college and joined the Marines after watching the World Trade Center towers collapse Sept. 11, 2001. It is fitting, then, that a foundation named for a New York City firefighter who died that day spent more than a half-million dollars to renovate his entire house, inside and out, making it more user friendly for the veteran who lost a leg an…

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Here's what you can do with all that Halloween candy that your children collect: Give it to a dentist. Dr. Michael Foley and his staff at Winning Smiles Pediatric Dentistry will host their 11th annual Halloween candy buy-back event Wednesday, Nov. 1. Children are invited to exchange their candy for $1 per pound, a toothbrush and more. Last year, the group collected m…

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First responders of all types and people who love them have been standing in line at Park Avenue Imprints in Lackawanna to buy T-shirts in memory of Officer Craig E. Lehner. "Everybody coming in has a little story," said shop co-owner Paul Roorda. "This is their little part of the memory of this." And the T-shirts, which are being sold for $15, have generated more tha…

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A billboard asking Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to keep the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center in West Seneca will be up at Seven Corners in Hamburg through Sunday. The billboard is one of the final efforts in a campaign before a bill preventing the center's move to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center is sent to the governor for his signature or veto. It is part of th…

Business

Emerling Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Springville is planning to move from West Main Street to a new 50,688-square-foot building on South Cascade Drive. The new dealership will be across from the Emerling Ford Dealership in Springville, and have a 160,000 square-foot parking area. Carl Emerling and his son, Evan, acquired Bob Johnson Motors, which sold Chrysler, Dodge…

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Police officers, the Patriot Guard, first responders, dogs. It seemed the people and things that were important to Buffalo Police Officer Craig E. Lehner were some of the most memorable images outside the Hamburg funeral home where friends and strangers alike came to pay their respects to Lehner on Monday. Members of the Patriot Guard lined both sides of Camp Road ac…

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Buffalo News reporter Barbara O'Brien is covering the viewing Monday afternoon for Buffalo police Officer Craig Lehner at Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home in Hamburg. A crowd started gathering to pay their respects to Lehner's family at the funeral home by 2 p.m. Monday. The public is invited to the event. The viewing is scheduled from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at th…

Twenty-one public school superintendents in Erie and Niagara counties on Monday publicly opposed a referendum to hold a constitutional convention in a letter to "partners in education." New York voters will decide whether to hold a convention that could rewrite the state's constitution. The superintendents are concerned that key provisions could be lost in a rewritten d…

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A candidate for Hamburg Town Board is getting some support from the lieutenant governor. Kathy Hochul will visit the Village of Hamburg Monday to campaign for Laura Palisano Hackathorn. Hackathorn is a village trustee who is running for one of the four-year terms on the Town Board - the very place Hochul began her career in elective office. Hackathorn said Hochul wi…