An average of 2,000 people a day signed up for the state’s health insurance exchange over the past month, as the inauguration of President Trump – an Obamacare critic promising big changes – approached. Industry experts say the increase is driven by high demand for two programs serving low-income residents and workers, but also that people are signing up for insur…

Tai chi, mommy/baby yoga and a winter festival that includes an outdoor bike ride are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Zumba Gold: 1 p.m., as well as same time Wednesday and Friday, Independent Health Family Branch YMCA, 150 Tech …

A fire in a vehicle spread to a Buffalo home Sunday night, causing $85,000 in damage to the house, according to the Buffalo Fire Department Alarm Office. The blaze at 58 Kermit Ave., just west of Bailey Avenue and north of East Delavan Avenue, was reported at 10:55 p.m., the Alarm Office said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

CAMBRIA - A barn and a storage trailer on Baer Road were destroyed in a fire early Sunday night, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office said. Firefighters were called to 5432 Baer Road, just north of Saunders Settlement Road, at about 6:41 p.m. Both the barn and trailer were fully involved when firefighters from Sanborn and Pekin fire companies arrived, the Sheriff's Offic…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, born on this date in 1915, “Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.” . . . DAWNS OF DISCOVERY – The relation of nature and science is the theme for this week’s edition of the IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series at noon Tuesday. The pro…

ALBION -- One person was killed Sunday afternoon when two cars collided in the Town of Kendall, the Orleans County Sheriff's Office said. One car was traveling northbound on Norway Road about 1:53 p.m. when it failed to yield the right of way at the stop sign and collided with a vehicle westbound on Route 18 in the intersection, according to a news release. The names…

During Dawn F. Mirand's two-and-a-half-year tenure as superintendent of Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda schools, the district underwent changes in nearly every regard. Three schools closed, leaving the district with nine. Grade level configurations changed. More students became eligible for bus transportation after voters approved relaxing the limits, which, in turn, necessit…

Michael A. Altieri Sr.’s first memories of World War II start when he was 15 years old. He had just returned from a matinee showing of the Buck Rogers serial at the Palace Theater in Schenectady. “I walked into the kitchen and my parents were sitting and listening to their little plastic ivory radio. My dad looked up and said, ‘The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.…

The Western New York Railway Historical Society will hold its 26th annual winter Train & Toy Show next month at the Fairgrounds in Hamburg. The event promises fun for the whole family, including plenty of model trains in action, collectible toys, dolls and miniatures. Organizers say they'll have 400 tables set up in two buildings. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 …

The Harlem Globetrotters, the international ambassadors of basketball and goodwill, will play Feb. 3 in the KeyBank Center. The Globetrotters have presented their on-court talents and family-friendly antics in 122 countries and territories and on six continents. They are members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets star…

The Buffalo Regional Right to Life Committee is once again sponsoring a delegation to the national March for Life in Washington, D.C. This year's march was moved to Friday from its traditional date of Jan. 22, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court that legalized abortion, to avoid a conflict with the weekend of President Trump's inauguration. …

State officials continue to press forward with their latest proposal to convert the Scajaquada Expressway into a lower-speed boulevard, but the plan is increasingly meeting with opposition from those who say it doesn't go far enough to encourage and protect both pedestrians and bicyclists. The New York State Department of Transportation has scheduled a public meeting at 5…

Two teen-aged Buffalo males were struck by gunfire around 2 a.m. Sunday in the Kensington-Bailey area on the city’s East Side. A 16-year-old was treated and released from Erie County Medical Center while a 17-year-old was listed in fair condition at ECMC following the shootings at Cornwall Avenue and Sussex Street. Anyone with information is asked to call or text the P…

The experts knew a big storm was brewing. Little did they know how crippling it would be. The evening before, on Thursday Jan. 27, 1977, the National Weather Service issued some kind of winter storm warning, aware that severe winds were barreling toward Western New York, ready to unleash their power on a few inches of fresh snow falling on top of a huge existing snowpac…