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Car crashes, fires, fights, criminal mischief, intoxication and counterfeit NFL merchandise — it was a busy Sunday afternoon for Orchard Park Police, who responded to more than 100 calls before, during and after the Buffalo Bills football game at New Era Field. Officers and EMS personnel also were kept "very busy" responding to medical calls, the result mostly of alco…

Look for updates on Penn Dixie Fossil Park at the Hamburg Natural History Society's annual meeting and fundraiser dinner and auction from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 2 at Buffalo Riverworks, 359 Ganson St. There will be auctions for an array of sports tickets, artwork and community prizes, door prizes, to raise money for Penn Dixie, the top-ranked fossil park in the country.…

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Democratic Hamburg town Councilman Michael P. Quinn Jr. said he's the best candidate to take on incumbent Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon, a member of the Independence Party. "Just because you're registered Independence doesn't mean you're independent," Quinn said. "She always votes with Republicans." But Dixon has had no trouble in the past beating her challenger…

Feb. 19 1925 - Oct. 17, 2017 Richard P. Blatner Sr., the former owner of Capital Heat in Depew, died Tuesday in Brothers of Mercy Nursing Home in  Clarence. He was 92. Born in Buffalo, he was a Lancaster resident. A graduate of Technical High School, he was a sergeant with the Army's 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division in the South Pacific during World…

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Armstrong's Barber Shop in West Seneca is offering free haircuts for veterans from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. "My grandfather was a World War II veteran," shop owner Zachary Armstrong said. "We offer daily discounts for veterans. I believe they deserve to get more." The haircuts will be by appointment only at the shop at 2852 Seneca St. at Thorndale …

Donations are being accepted for West Seneca Cares for Kids, a program supporting less fortunate families in the West Seneca Central School District. Families are identified by school social workers from the five elementary, two middle and two high schools to receive money and spend it at KMart on winter clothes, boots and coats. The parents and children are given a spe…

Obituaries

June 20, 1942 - Oct. 13, 2017 Judith K. Zimmett was one of those people who loved animals -- and animals loved her. "She could make a butterfly land on her finger," said her daughter, Jodi L. Victor. In 2006, Mrs. Zimmett's beloved German shepherd ran away a few days after the October Surprise storm on Oct. 12, an early lake-effect storm with heavy snow that broug…

Orchard Park's multi-generational community center got a major infusion of money with the announcement Wednesday that Sen. Chris Jacobs had secured a $500,000 state grant. The $16 million project also will be supported by a capital campaign goal of $2 million, as well as bonding by the town. Construction of the 69,000 square-foot facility is to start next year at Bru…

New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs plans to announce Wednesday a major infusion of state funds to support the construction of the new Orchard Park Community Activity Center. The new 69,000-square-foot facility will be the home of the new Orchard Park Senior Citizens Center, as well as the town’s recreation offices and programs. Construction should be completed on the…

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About 80 people protested outside a suburban Buffalo restaurant Tuesday as Vice President Pence arrived to raise campaign funds for one of the Trump administration's staunchest backers in Congress, Rep. Chris Collins. As Pence's motorcade passed by the protesters outside Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Lancaster, shortly before noon, the crowd chante…

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The Buffalo News will provide live coverage today of Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Buffalo to talk about proposed tax cuts and to help Rep. Chris Collins raise campaign funds. Beginning around 11 a.m., Buffalo News reporters Maki Becker and Robert McCarthy, as well as photographer Derek Gee, will provide live coverage of Pence's stop at the Buffalo Niagara Intern…

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A free electronics recycling event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, in the parking lot of Erie 1 BOCES, 355 Harlem Road, West Seneca. “Televisions, computers and other electronics contain materials that are not safe to put in a landfill and under state law it is illegal to put these items out to the curb with your regular trash,” said state…

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The Rotary Club of Hamburg has begun collecting monetary donations to provide needy youths with new warm winter clothing as part of this year's Warm the Children initiative. Schools, churches and human service agencies identify families in need of assistance from Hamburg, Angola, Blasdell, Brant, Derby, Eden, Evans, Lake View and North Collins. Those parents will shop a…

Education

Two-thirds of the students in the Buffalo Public Schools are either black or Latino, while 87 percent of their teachers are white. Four out of 10 students in Niagara Falls are black or Latino, while 93 percent of their teachers are white. And at Cleveland Hill, 37 percent of students are black or Latino, while there is one African-American teacher. In fact, a th…

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Karen Lee Lewis, a poet, photographer, teaching artist and teacher consultant for the Western New York Writing Project, will be the guest artist at the Poetry Club at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 in the Hamburg Public Library. She teaches creative writing workshops for children and adults throughout Western New York. She has been involved in arts education for more than …