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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.

For more than half a century at the Cloverbank Hotel in Hamburg, the family that fried fish and poured drafts together has stayed together.The neighborhood bar and restaurant on Lake Erie's shore -- the hotel was discontinued years ago but the name stuck -- has been in Ejbisz family hands for 56 years. But with proprietor Linda Ejbisz's retirement Saturday came a bitterswe…

Most World War II reunions are for the survivors, where old buddies gather to share golf tips and pass around photos of grandkids.But a reunion being held this week in Buffalo is different. Its goal is to identify those who did not survive one of the deadliest naval tragedies of the war and find their next-of-kin.It is being held here at the behest of Frank Schulz of the T…

Hundreds of student artists from the region have teamed up to increase awareness of hunger.Participants in the third annual art education project "Empty Bowls: Artists Helping Feed Western New York" will display and sell their works from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in Buffalo State College's Rockwell Hall. Proceeds will go to the Food Bank of Western New York and Friends of Nigh…

Medaille College hasn't stopped growing.For each of the last few years, the Buffalo institution has announced that it is graduating its largest class ever.The school held two ceremonies Friday in Kleinhans Music Hall to accommodate about 950 degree recipients.Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown addressed the crowd and encouraged graduates to enter the work force in Western New Yo…

Hilbert College President Sister Edmunette Paczesny reminded graduates Saturday about the need in higher education for "self-confidence and a sense of purpose," but she may be less familiar with "adaptability to change."She is the third-longest-serving college president in the nation but will step down in June after 32 years.Paczesny says Hilbert's graduates' accomplishmen…

The first four graduates of one of the area's newest accredited business bachelor's degree program joined more than 300 of their peers Friday evening for Bryant & Stratton College's commencement ceremony in Kleinhans Music Hall.The state Department of Education granted its approval of the school's business administration degree program in the fall 2004. It previously offer…

The daughter and fiancee of a Sago mine disaster victim brought their hopes for increased workplace safety to the Buffalo area Tuesday.Amber Helms, whose father, Terry Helms, died in the Jan. 2 blast in West Virginia that later killed 11 of his co-workers, said she is pushing for federal legislation that would require better training and equipment for all workers facing oc…

Lifelong Gowanda resident Bill Grimm looked with pride at the vintage Oliver horse-drawn plow at his feet. His grandfather, Elmer Kelly, had tilled the land with it 80 years ago.But when tractors made horse plows obsolete, Grimm's father discarded the steel machine in the woods. Grimm, 69, salvaged it and displayed it prominently Sunday among the spring-tooth drags, oxen y…

Hillary Sypniewski completed a modern dance routine in the spotlight Saturday, dancing in the program "Poetry in Motion."Backstage at UB's Center for the Arts, the 24-year-old West Seneca woman glowed, as she collected calls of "Awesome!" and "Great job!" along with numerous pats on the back.Sypniewski, who suffers from a rare and degenerative metabolic disorder, is one of…

The estimated 90,000 stray and feral cats in Erie County now have a single umbrella organization to collectively address their needs.The Animal Alliance of Western New York, which was unveiled Tuesday, links the efforts of more than 10 of the area's leading animal well-being organizations.The consortium's first order of business is a low-cost spay and neuter initiative on …