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Feisty. That's how Traci Lynn Martin described Lake Erie in November as she tries to circumnavigate all five Great Lakes and hopefully break a world record in the process. Since March, the nurse from Kansas City, Mo., has paddled thousands of miles on her surf ski, a variation of a kayak, around lakes Huron, Superior and Michigan. Then she met Erie. "People have b…

FPRT ERIE , Ont. - A Democratic  fundraiser with close ties to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo sees tranquil days ahead for the once bitterly divided Peace Bridge Authority as he takes a leadership position on the bi-national panel. Kenneth A. Manning, an engineer by training and partner in the Phillips Lytle law firm, succeeds Sam Hoyt as vice chairman of the bridge governing bo…

Buffalo

The Anchor Bar is on board with the official chicken wing recipe for the new USS Little Rock, which makes its grand appearance here next month. Earlier this fall, the ship's crew had a competition to see who could make the best chicken wings and Mineman 1st Class Tyson Wilborn won with his "Pineapple Teriyaki Wings." In honor of the Navy's newest warship being commis…

Crime

The Harkness Career and Tech Center was put on "lock out" today following "an unconfirmed threat for the afternoon session," the BOCES school announced on its website. The school, located at 99 Aero drive near the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, said Cheektowaga police were investigating. Mid-session classes were being released as planned but afternoon classes…

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Marine Sgt. Jo Ann Ortiz was inside Toys R Us in Hamburg when she fulfilled her childhood dream. Armed with a gift card purchased by the Marines' Toys for Tots campaign, the mother of two bought $32,700 worth of holiday presents that will be distributed to children through The Buffalo News Neediest fund. Ortiz, born in San Benito, Texas, did not have much as a chi…

Erie County

Erie County administrators showed off shiny, new Volvo snowplows Friday and urged residents to download the county's disaster preparedness app. County Executive Mark Poloncarz reminded residents that three years ago the county faced its worst November snowstorm in modern history, which resulted in stranded motorists and multiple deaths. "Three years ago today, this c…

Crime

Former St. Gregory the Great science teacher Scott Schaefer was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison Friday morning for sending indecent text messages to a 12-year-old girl. The 12-year-old girl told State Supreme Court Justice John L.  Michalski that after Schaefer's arrest she felt she had betrayed him and considered taking her own life. She started harming herself by…

The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Niagara will host a free two-hour program that will teach people to use Narcan to save a person from an opiod overdose. Those who complete the training, provided by the Erie County Health Department, will be given a free Narcan kit to take home, supplied by the state Department of Health. The program will be held from 6 p.m.…

The revolving door continues at the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, which selected as its newest attorney a former interim executive director who previously served as the agency's counsel. Gillian D. Brown will fill a slot that opened when Delia Cadle  moved out of the area earlier this year. The BMHA has yet to negotiate a salary agreement with Brown, accordin…

Education

June 12, 1946 - Nov. 14, 2017 Margaret A. Ryan wore high heels every day of her 32-year career as a teacher, principal and acting superintendent at Alden Central Schools. And when she was principal at Alden Primary School, when everyone in the school brought in 100 items to mark the 100th day of school, she brought 100 pairs of her shoes. "She loved high heels," s…

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A prime parking space at Lackawanna City Hall will be dedicated for use by Purple Heart veterans starting Friday, said Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski. The parking space was unveiled Friday morning during ceremonies at City Hall, 714 Ridge Road. Purple Heart recipient Robert Scahill was honored at the ceremony with a New York State certificate of recognition from Assem…

Business

Bon-Ton will close at least 40 stores through next year, the company said. The company has not yet released a list of locations it plans to shutter, so it's not yet clear whether any of Western New York's eight stores will be affected. The department store has struggled with declining sales and a high debt load. The company lost $135.4 million during the first three …

Business

Runner's Roost, a popular athletic footwear store in Orchard Park, has been bought out by one of its employees. Michelle Fox, who has worked at the store for 10 years, acquired 100 percent of D.J.B. Shoes' stock. D.J.B. Shoes is Runner's Roost's parent company. Fox, an experienced runner, said she will keep the store's "core values and traditions" alive and does not …

Family

The Buffalo Nordic Ski Club will sponsor a open house from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13 in the Wick Center of Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst. The event will feature waxing clinics,  an instructional video and an array of clothing and equipment from area ski shops. The Buffalo Nordic Ski Club offers free cross-county skiing lesson to all members. The …

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Wouldn’t it be nice, for once, if we could get through the holidays in a more thankful way, with a healthier approach toward meals and gatherings that don’t make you scream at the scale come New Year’s Day? It isn’t easy, what with more parties to attend, more comfort foods to tempt us and more demands on our time. http://buffalonews.com/2017/11/17/timely-tip…