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Barbara O'Brien


Donald Snedeker, who made local medical history when he became the first heart-transplant recipient in the state outside New York City, has died from cardiac arrest.Snedeker, 59, suffered cardiac arrest due to pneumonia in Veterans Hospital Saturday (Feb. 17, 1990), nearly six years after he received a new heart at the hospital. He was admitted to Veterans Hospital on…

The parent company of National Technical Schools in Buffalo has filed for reorganization under federal bankruptcy laws, but the Buffalo school will remain open."Locally, it doesn't affect us too much," said Michael Seifert, executive director of the Buffalo school. "It doesn't hurt us."United Education and Software of California on Dec. 4 filed for protection from its…

Poor drainage on the new Cheektowaga Central High School's athletic field should be fixed in time for the fall football season."The water is not percolating through the surface of the football field adequately," said Charles J. Moore, of the architect firm of Scaffidi & Moore, told School Board members this week. "The field has to be rebuilt."The new facilities replac…

Evolution does not preclude religion, and creationism is not very good religion, an evolution expert told Western New York Skeptics Wednesday night."Creationists may be very sincere people, but I think their logic is lousy," said Michael Ruse, a philosophy and biology professor at the University of Guelph, Ont.Ruse testified for the American Civil Liberties Union in i…

Three young Genesee County men went carousing one night late last December.Six hours and 41 cans of beer later, one of them was dying of a knife wound. Another was accused of stabbing him.The stabbing occurred after their car ran out of gas and an argument erupted over who would pay for more fuel. During the course of the evening, the three -- all under 21 -- had boug…

The Williamsville PTA is lobbying state legislators to overturn a decision made last year that prompted the Williamsville School District to stop busing children to day-care centers after school.At issue is a decision by state Education Commissioner Thomas Sobol, upheld in State Supreme Court, that required the Williamsville district greatly to expand its day-care tra…

As everyone knows, there is very little slumbering done at slumber parties. Pillow fights, popcorn popping and scary stories, yes; sleeping, no.The 4- and 5-year-olds in Kathy Verso's classes found that out for themselves Thursday, when they had a pajama party at School 45, 141 Hoyt St., complete with P-J's and pillows."It's something that big kids do. Little kids don…

The National Weather Service radar tower that Clarence residents turned down may not be getting clearance to land at the Genesee County Airport.Some Town of Batavia and Genesee County lawmakers compared notes in Clarence Town Hall Monday night with the Clarence Town Board and citizens who successfully opposed the tower in Clarence last year."We felt we did not want th…

Somewhere outside Amherst there is a 9-year-old dreaming of playing baseball in the town this spring, says Peter G. Ruppar of Amherst Girls Softball."He's standing in front of his mirror practicing his batting stance," he said.But under the new rules adopted by the Amherst Recreation Commission, that 9-year-old won't be able to play on an Amherst team.The commission v…

Jasper can stay in his Town of Alden home until he dies.The aging, blind dog who was ordered out of his owner's house because he violated a town ordinance has been granted a reprieve in the form of a zoning variance.His owner, Mary Cepura, said she couldn't be happier."If he did leave here he would probably have to be euthanized," she said.Jasper was an undernourished…

The owner of land at the foot of Hertel Avenue would sell a portion of it to the city for a park if he is allowed to develop the rest of it, former Chief City Judge Wilbur P. Trammell said Thursday night.Trammell was the only person speaking against a proposal to condemn the five-acre parcel at a public hearing in the Riverside Senior Citizens Center. He fielded quest…

Helicopters and diving teams were to search Lake Champlain near the Vermont shore today for three men with Western New York ties who were believed killed in a plane crash Tuesday.Malcolm J. French, 48, of Baseline Road, Grand Island; his brother, Livingston French, 50, of Oakland, Calif., and their companion, Dr. Zsolt Szekely, 45, of Fredonia, were on the plane that …

Technical difficulties are continuing to delay the opening of Olean's three municipal water wells.Public Works Director Peter Marcus said it is hoped the wells will be operating Jan. 30. Target dates of Dec. 1 and Jan. 8 were missed because of problems with air strippers installed to clean the wells."There have been technical difficulties in the design and constructio…

Students of the future will be attending classes year-round, using word processors, computers and videos in their individualized education programs and learning Spanish and Russian from a TV-teacher.That's the vision of Emlyn I. Griffith, a New York State regent from Rome, who discussed emerging trends in public education at a meeting of the Western New York School Bo…