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Karen Robinson

Karen Robinson is a suburban reporter for The Buffalo News. She covers Lancaster and Depew.


Local News

Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies and volunteer firefighters rescued two duck hunters whose kayak overturned Saturday morning in Mud Creek in Lockport. Another duck hunter called 911 at 10:20 a.m. to report his friends had fallen into the creek when their kayak was turned sideways by the current, hit ice and overturned. Neither of the men, identified as Ryan Chamberlain…

Local News

Winter is back. The  spring-like weather that warmed Buffalo mid-week quickly spun into a 43-degree temperature drop in a span of 13 hours Friday, catapulting Western New York right back into winter. The local temperature reached a high of 60 degrees by 10:46 a.m. Friday but fell to 17 by midnight. Ice jams and freezing rain are over, but the cold is here to stay …

Business

The University at Buffalo's new downtown medical school opened its doors Monday to students on the first day of classes in their new digs. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul also visited the new $375 million Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at 955 Main St. to talk with students about the historical significance of the day. Teaching, research and clinical work got…

Buffalo

Like many of her nursing colleagues, Pat Paolucci loves wearing her colorful print scrubs while tending to young  patients at John R. Oishei Children's Hospital. Pediatric patients especially love to see Mickey Mouse, Santa Claus, other favorite characters and seasonal-themed prints that the nurses wear. The designs calm, cheer and sometimes become a talking point. The …

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The brisk cold didn't keep about 40 expats away from the 120-acre Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Wednesday. The nonprofit organization overseeing the campus hosted a “Home for the Holidays”event and tour led by BNMC President and CEO Matthew K. Enstice. The tour was aimed at Western New York natives now living in other places with the hoping that some might consider mov…

Bills

Arc Building Partners has been named the construction manager overseeing significant renovations to sideline and end zone clubs, along with other premium areas of New Era Field, home to the Buffalo Bills. The project, privately funded by Buffalo Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula, includes the first-ever renovation of the sideline clubs and major upgrades to premium area…

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Freshwater anglers who bought fishing licenses in 2017 may be asked to participate in a statewide survey designed to learn more about their angling behaviors, preferences and thoughts on fisheries management issues. The state Department of Environmental Conservation last conducted such a survey in 2007. It is designed to help fisheries managers better understand where a…

Local News

Genesee County Park & Forest is shaping up to be a winter wonderland paradise for hikers. Secrets of the wild this winter will be the highlight of naturalist-guided hikes, combined with snowshoe opportunities. Naturalist-guided hikes include a Jan. 13 hike about animal tracks and another on Feb. 3 about whistle pigs and other squirrels. Hikes are scheduled from 1…

Buffalo

It may not rival the setup in Minneapolis, but the number of coatless corridors of covered pedestrian connectors to and from buildings on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus continues to grow. Three skybridges opened in November – bringing the total number to eight – to coincide with the opening of John R. Oishei Children's Hospital on Ellicott Street. A ninth is in t…

Hamburg

Power outages affected nearly 1,000 customers of New York State Electric & Gas, including the McKinley Mall area Saturday night. But last-minute shoppers got back to business after power was restored about 8:45 p.m. to the shopping center along McKinley Parkway. NYSEG spokeswoman Rachel Buchanan said power is up and running at the mall, where heavy and wet snow h…

Weather

You can stop dreaming about a white Christmas: Snow Saturday and Sunday will guarantee a White Christmas across Western New York, and it will stay around for a while, too. But the latest weather advisory cautions about blowing snow and slippery road surfaces. After seeing 2 to 4 inches of wet snow throughout the area earlier today, snow and blowing snow is part of th…

Business

New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul had the perfect icebreaker to grab her audience's attention at the grand debut of the downtown University at Buffalo medical school. When Hochul stepped to the podium at the building's opening earlier this month, the first thing she did was to hold up her right arm in a brace. "I'm here as your first subject," Hochul told the crowd of 1…

Business

The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus will host an event for native Western New Yorkers visiting over the holidays who want to learn what's new in the city's resurgence and specifically the growing campus, where the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital and new home of the UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences are located. Matt Enstice, CEO and president of…

Business

The University at Buffalo's new downtown medical school officially opened this week, but exterior finishing work on the building's Main Street canopy and other end-of-project touches won't completely wrap up until early next year. The canopy extending along Main Street will likely be done by late January, said UB spokeswoman Ellen Goldbaum. A day after Tuesday's gran…

Local News

The University at Buffalo ushered in a new era in medical education Tuesday by introducing to the public its hallmark $375 million new medical school building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. UB officials touted the state-of-the-art Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences as a way to deliver world-class medical education, research and patient care – teac…