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Janice L. Habuda


It’s the one week a year we get to live like millionaires.That’s how my husband describes our annual ski trip to Snowbird, Utah, where we’ve owned a timeshare in the Cliff Club since 1998. It’s tough to disagree.The views alone are worth a million bucks.Located in Little Cottonwood Canyon, at a base elevation of more than 8,000 feet, the Cliff Club offers sweeping …

Physicians who may be unwittingly contributing to the opiate addiction crisis, as well as those trying to fight the epidemic, will get training through a grant from a local foundation.“When you have a communitywide problem, you need to have communitywide solutions,” County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said Thursday. “Opiate addiction is all over our community.”Confi…

Size isn’t everything when it comes to ski resorts.Case in point: Holiday Valley.Though its peaks rise only 750 feet from a base elevation of 1,500 feet, the Ellicottville resort was rated the third best overall of 20 Eastern resorts in Ski magazine’s 2015-16 rankings. Twelve thousand readers reportedly participated in the magazine’s 28th annual survey.Third place is…

You’ve probably seen the television ads for Angie’s List, the national company that, for a price, provides a list of contractors for all kinds of services.A similar enterprise, targeting snow removal, is coming to Western New York this winter.ChoreNoMore, founded by brothers Peter and Matt Walsh, was launched earlier this year in the Binghamton area. That “soft” la…

We woke up to temperatures well below normal Monday morning, but it wasn’t record cold.Early-morning readings included 30 degrees at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, where the National Weather Service has its offices. Elsewhere, temperatures had dropped to 27 in Warsaw, 28 in Niagara Falls and 31 in Youngstown, according to meteorologist Aaron Reynolds.The record l…

With each new challenge presented by living with multiple sclerosis, Margaret Browne and her family adapted their Clarence Center home.It had gotten to the point where Browne was sleeping in a lounge chair in the first-floor great room, relying on daughters Ashley and Amanda to bring clothes downstairs from her closet and on her husband, Jeff, to help her in the shower.A c…

A new parking ramp planned for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus will more than double the number of spaces at an Ellicott Street site, but won’t necessarily resolve the issue of campus employees parking on residential streets in the Fruit Belt community.Space in the planned 1,900-slot garage is intended primarily for patients and visitors to the campus, although employ…

A credit card reader caught fire aboard a Seattle-bound Alaska Airlines flight Monday morning, prompting the pilot to divert the plane to Buffalo Niagara International Airport.Alaska Airlines 17 had left Newark Liberty International Airport shortly before 7 a.m. Monday. While airborne, a credit card reader caught fire and was dropped into a galley trash receptacle, where t…

Some inmates at the Erie County Holding Center aren’t idly passing their days, weeks or months behind bars as they await resolution of their cases in the legal system.They’re attending classes to continue or restart their educations.Last year, 35 earned high school diplomas, according to county and city officials.“Of all the things that I do ... this is one of the th…

A sleek archive room showcasing the history of Kleinhans Music Hall and the couple responsible for the hall opened Thursday in what was once two adjoining storage rooms crammed with boxes of papers.The walls of the archive room are covered with nine large panels reflecting themes ranging from the acoustics at the music hall to Edward and Mary Seaton Kleinhans, the couple w…

It appears that lawmakers in Erie County finally are ready to give the issue of earlier bar closings the time of day.Legislator Ted Morton, R-Cheektowaga, has submitted a resolution to the County Legislature, asking the State Liquor Authority to change the closing time of bars in the county from 4 a.m. to 2 a.m.“We are the only upstate county left at four o’clock, so w…

Delaware Park’s Rose Garden once was considered as a possible site for Kleinhans Music Hall.Hoyt Lake originally was known as Gala Water.There are 300 soldiers from the War of 1812 buried beneath the park’s golf course.These are just three facts you will find on a new, self-guided mobile audio tour of the 350-acre jewel of the Olmsted park system.The new tour was unvei…

It looks like Adell Zeigler, who gained infamy for setting a puppy on fire in 2012, is heading back to prison.Maybe for a very long time.Zeigler, the Buffalo resident who received the maximum sentence of a year in jail after pleading guilty to a felony count of aggravated animal cruelty, now faces up to 29 years behind bars for three crimes that occurred within months afte…

This will be an event, like Mick Jagger strutting across the stage at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Nik Wallenda walking a tightrope over Niagara Falls or the NHL’s first Winter Classic coming to Buffalo.But you’d better not blink if you want to see it. And you will have to get up early. This event will last only 10 to 15 seconds, the time it takes to bring a building to its k…

Ten to 15 seconds.That’s how long it’s expected to take for the last brick to hit the ground when the 11-story main tower at the old Millard Fillmore Hospital in Buffalo is imploded Saturday morning.Details about the implosion were revealed Tuesday morning during a news conference at the nearby Osinski Parking Ramp on Linwood Avenue at Balcom Street, just southeast of …