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Joseph Popiolkowski is a reporter for The Buffalo News covering Buffalo's inner suburbs, including the towns of Tonawanda, Cheektowaga and West Seneca.

The Colonel Ward Pumping Station in LaSalle Park opened its doors Saturday, and nearly 500 people flowed in for a tour of Buffalo's antiquated steam engines.Each of the five hulking steel behemoths, installed in 1915 by the Holly Manufacturing Co., could pump up to 30 million gallons of Niagara River water a day to city residents.The public is rarely given the opportunity …

As the robotic toy approached the maze's wall, you could almost hear the thoughts of its three engineers. "Turn right! Turn right!"The toy -- named KARED, a combination of their initials -- was programmed to turn 90-degrees left. If its infrared sensor detected another wall, it would do an about-face. But the nearest obstacle was too far to be sensed, so the toy continued …

Davis Burgess never met a roof he couldn't patch.The 17-year-old Alabama boy and his team, part of World Changers, a week-long community service project in 93 cities that ends today, were even undaunted by Jean Wilkerson's steeply sloping Buffalo roof, which discourages snow accumulation and hastens run-off. Most Southern roofs slope at a gentle angle, or are entirely flat…

Less than two years before passports would be required to enter the United States from either of its neighbors, the Niagara region's tourism industry is already taking a big economic hit.Canadian businesses are bemoaning scrapped visits by Americans who think the new border security initiative already is in effect."Perception is reality to people," said Dave Hyde, presiden…

Sammy Hagar, former Van Halen lead singer, is like that guy who rumbles down your suburban street on a Harley at dusk after a long day of cruising. Or the guy leaning up against a chain-link fence in the beer tent at your town's Fourth of July party.There is nothing threatening about him because you know, at the end of the day, he is just a regular guy. That much was evide…

Sammy Hagar, former Van Halen lead singer, is like that guy who rumbles down your suburban street on a Harley at dusk after a long day of cruising. Or the guy leaning up against a chain-link fence in the beer tent at your town's Fourth of July party.There is nothing threatening about him because you know, at the end of the day, he is just a regular guy. That much was evide…

The Williamsville School Board elevated two of its members to serve as president and vice president during a reorganizational meeting Wednesday.Ramona D. Popowich, who served two consecutive terms as vice president, was elected by a 7-2 vote to serve a one-year term as president."I would hope that we can build on the positive efforts of our past history and that we can con…

City bookworms will converge on Lafayette Square on Saturday for the second annual Harlem Book Fair Buffalo, an event modeled after the popular book fair held each summer since 1998 in New York City.Buffalo's fair, which is free to the public, will feature readings, book signings, children's activities, seminars and panel discussions.This year's historical focus will be on…

An outspoken critic and veteran of the Iraq War from Buffalo was arrested and charged Tuesday in Washington, D.C., after attempting to join an Independence Day parade on the National Mall.Geoffrey Millard, 25, was charged with failure to follow a lawful order, according to Sgt. Scott Fear, a U.S. Park Police spokesman.Millard, who is a local organizer for Iraq Veterans Aga…

The company accused by Amherst officials of illegally felling scores of trees on a Wehrle Drive parcel Saturday paid a $1,000 fine two months ago for violating the town's tree ordinance.Developer William Huntress said paying the fine assessed for knocking down trees on a 100-acre plot of farmland at Transit Road and Millersport Highway was easier than fighting the citation…

Maybe you have seen Darlene Fitzgerald's picture. Maybe she has even talked to you.Featured on posters peppered throughout Metro Rail stations and trains, Fitzgerald has become one of Buffalo's public faces of HIV awareness and prevention.But posters are static and two-dimensional. So before her daily Metro Rail trips to and from her 7-year-old son's downtown elementary sc…

Cyclists in Saturday's 11th annual Ride for Roswell, a popular charity event to benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute, collectively rode 100,000 miles and reached another giant milestone along the way: They solicited donations that topped the $1 million mark."Getting to $1 million has been the viable goal for the last three years, and it was the implicit goal when we start…

About 30 residents of Cedargrove Heights in Cheektowaga protested Saturday about the poor condition of their neighborhood's aging housing and apartments and the rise in the number of rodents and acts of vandalism.They carried large signs and shouted into bullhorns, airing their concerns about dilapidated structures while circling in front of a landlord's rental office."Loo…

The motley throng gathered in Lafayette Square for Thursday's Blues Traveler concert accomplished a feat matched only at Pat Benatar's show in 2001, which drew 40,000 people.It managed to briefly halt Metro Rail service in both directions.The trains had been crawling up and down clogged Main Street until Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority officials, in conjunction w…

Four lawmakers reaffirmed their support Tuesday for a health-care bill stalled in the State Senate, which supporters say will force large employers to extend coverage to uninsured workers but critics say will burden small businesses."There are 44 million people in this country, and growing, without any health insurance at all, and frankly that's unacceptable," said Erie Co…