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It sounded like a prank. A guy called the Buffalo Bisons. He said he was from Los Angeles. He said his name was Mel Bourne. He was working on a baseball movie and needed a stadium that could look like it came from the 1930s. Conveniently, Buffalo's then-baseball park, War Memorial Stadium, did come from the 1930s. It was built as a New Deal project in 1937. Bourne…

Enbridge Inc., a Canadian fossil fuel delivery company, has given the Grand Island Volunteer Fire Department an $8,000 grant to purchase an extractor drying cabinet that will be used to remove carcinogens from firefighters' gear. "At one time, wearing a sooty, dirty helmet might have been considered the cool thing to do, almost like a battle scar," said Grand Island Dep…

Erie County Legislator Edward Rath III wants to make impersonating a veteran or member of the military a crime. Rath will introduce Thursday a proposed "Theft of Valor" law that makes it a crime to impersonate a veteran or member of the military for financial gain. Those found guilty would face criminal misdemeanor charges and fines. "Erie County is joining municipal…

KeyCorp is benefiting from its deal for First Niagara Financial Group, but additional mergers are "not a priority," Beth E. Mooney, Key's chairman and CEO, said Thursday. "We do not yet feel like we are fully complete realizing the value of First Niagara for our shareholders," Mooney said, as the Cleveland-based bank released its third quarter earnings. Key's qua…

The sale of a nearly 15-acre parcel owned by the Williamsville Central School District that will allow Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. to build a second access road into its proposed Muir Woods development was approved Tuesday by the School Board. Ciminelli purchased the land at 520 Campbell Blvd., between North French and Dodge roads, for $220,000, more than three times it…

One of four planes taking 125 members of the New York Army National Guard left the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on Thursday morning for Puerto Rico. Two more flights were scheduled to leave in the 11 o'clock hour, though the departure times were weather dependent. The final flight is scheduled to leave around midnight. Soldiers with the 152nd Engineer Support Co…

A 14-year-old student faces criminal charges after being accused of setting a paper towel on fire in a bathroom at Frederick Law Olmsted School at Kensington on Wednesday afternoon. A teacher noticed the smell of smoke before the fire alarm went off, school officials said in an email to parents. Students were evacuated from the school on Suffolk Street when the alarm we…

Colvin Cleaners' 22nd annual "Coats 4 Kids" program is collecting gently used or new winter coats, jackets, gloves, hats and scarves for children. The donation drive continues through Dec. 1. Donations may be made at Colvin Cleaners, 2375 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore, or at Allstate Insurance agencies and Fidelis Care. A complete list of drop-off sites is available at www.coat…

The race for the Erie County comptroller's seat continues to rack up endorsements on both sides. Stefan Mychaliw has, for the first time, snagged a coveted endorsement from the Good Government Club of Western New York. The incumbent Republican comptroller said he was delighted to receive the endorsement since many of its members are Democrats who recognize his hard work…

Buffalo Police Officer Craig E. Lehner's body was found Tuesday afternoon in the Niagara River, five days after he went missing during a training exercise for the department's Underwater Recovery Team. At 4:48 p.m. Tuesday, Buffalo Police broadcast an "end of watch" call, a tradition for a fallen police officer. "Radio to K-9 43," a Buffalo police dispatcher said, re…

Parts of a large academic building on the North Campus of the University at Buffalo continue to be closed as a result of flooding from earlier this week. University officials relocated several classes in Clemens Halls for Thursday and Friday to other buildings or to other classrooms inside Clemens that were not affected by the flooding. Floors one through four were m…

Roswell Park Cancer Institute will start a new five-week tobacco cessation course on Oct. 30. The free classes start at noon and will run for five Mondays in a row. Those who attend the classes will receive a nicotine assessment, professional cessation guidance, group support, relaxation strategies, relapse prevention, medication referrals and free nicotine replaceme…

Annie Draves was on her way to work when she spotted smoke, so she took a detour to see if anyone needed help. She arrived at 210 Fletcher St. at 5:30 p.m. last Wednesday before any fire trucks had arrived, and she saw 102-year-old Grace Sairo standing in a smoke-filled doorway screaming for help. Draves and another unidentified passer-by got out of their cars and helpe…

A historic three-story Brooklyn-style brownstone building that is part of the Midway series of rowhouses on Delaware Avenue is being eyed for a renovation that will create a new mixed-use project at the southern end of the prominent block. Scott A. Croce, brother of hospitality developer Mark Croce, wants to spend $250,000 through Leo Strong LLC to restore the 5,396-squ…

Armstrong's Barber Shop in West Seneca is offering free haircuts for veterans from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. "My grandfather was a World War II veteran," shop owner Zachary Armstrong said. "We offer daily discounts for veterans. I believe they deserve to get more." The haircuts will be by appointment only at the shop at 2852 Seneca St. at Thorndale …