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Instead of risking hypothermia in April, Buffalo’s Burmese community waits until it is shorts-and-sandals weather to get wet. Hundreds of people attended the annual Buffalo Myanmar Water Festival on Saturday, celebrating the Burmese New Year, which occurred in mid-April. In Burmese culture, water is sacred. On a day-to-day basis, it sustains life; on their New Year, i…

A West Seneca woman was sentenced Thursday to five years' probation and 300 hours of community service for stealing $291,070 by cashing pension checks mailed to her mother for 33 years after her mother's death. Pearlann MacVittie, 73, pleaded guilty April 6 before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth F. Case to third-degree grand larceny, a felony, according to the New York…

Justen Leslie has invested $10,000 in a vehicle he only uses once a year, on Father's Day. Leslie competes in the Grand Island Father's Day Lawn Mower Race under the supermodified category, and he has participated almost every year. “We’ve planned on going to other races, but this is the one that we built it for,” Leslie said. [Gallery: Father's Day Lawn Mow…

Buffalo is No. 1 when it comes to Juneteenth festivals in New York. In the country, it comes in as the third-largest celebration. People travel from hubs of black culture, like Atlanta, to attend the festivities, said Paula Prince, member of the Xi Epsilon Omega chapter of the AKA sorority. One man told her that Atlanta's celebration doesn't come close to that of Buffal…

Getting a paper chain to stretch almost 2 miles from Eggert Elementary to South Davis Elementary in Orchard Park presented some logistical challenges, so the celebration had to happen in another way. More than 800 kids from the two schools gathered Monday at The Hub in Hamburg to celebrate the more than 10,000 acts of kindness they performed through the Rachel’s Chal…

June 11, 1971 - June 8, 2017 Ellen Volpe commuted between her home in Rochester and her job in Buffalo, and when she returned home each night, she didn’t bring her bags through the door. That would just slow her down from her goal: running to get on the floor and play with her 2- and 3-year-old sons, Paul James and John Michael. Whether it was 2 a.m. or the middle …

Roselle Murrell’s first day as Buffalo postmaster landed on her father’s birthday, April 15. It was a day he will never forget, the day his daughter became the first woman to hold that position in Buffalo. Murrell will be installed as the 45th postmaster of Buffalo at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Erie Community College's City Campus, a former Buffalo post office. There to s…

About 100 positions for public office are up for election this November in Niagara County. Tuesday, June 6 marks the first day for signing the designating petition to become a candidate. The petition form is available on the New York State Board of Elections or the Niagara County Board of Elections website. To get on the ballot 5 percent of the people who live in the co…