A lodge on Goat Island is not going over well with most elected officials in Niagara Falls. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposal for a developer to build a lodge on Goat Island would harm the island's reputation as a place of natural beauty, and also would put other hotels in the Falls at a competitive disadvantage, members of the Niagara Falls City Council and the Niagara C…

An Akron manufacturer that got its start with school rulers and pencils wants to triple the size of its warehouse and manufacturing building to handle the growth of its newer promotional items business. Aakron Rule Corp., a 50-year-old company whose products are found in schools and hardware stores, wants to add more than 25,000 square feet to its 12,000-square foot wa…

He will be remembered as the sculptor who created "Scary Lucy." But David Poulin – still bruised by the national reaction to his Lucille Ball portrayal – has lost interest in bronze statues. So he has given away his tools of the trade. Poulin has donated some $15,000 worth of his foundry equipment to the Buffalo Maritime Center, where it will be used to cast par…

The bomb threat that forced the local Jewish Community Center to evacuate both its buildings, on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo and North Forest Road in Amherst, late Monday morning was part of a nationwide effort that saw at least 10 such centers targeted with similar threats, according to local and national officials. Similar threats were reported Monday -- on Presidents …

LEWISTON – An ambulance crew was tending to a patient with multiple stab wounds early Monday when the suspect in the assault emerged from nearby woods and turned himself in, according to police. Shortly after 3 a.m., the Lewiston Police Department received a call about a stabbing at an address on Indian Hill Road, police said. Patrol officers found Evan Stafford, 2…

Two people were arrested and a police officer was injured following a traffic stop Saturday in West Seneca. An officer pulled over a speeding vehicle at about 4 a.m. on Seneca Street because the driver, Eric J. Luman, was traveling 62 mph in a 35 mph zone, West Seneca police said. Luman, 24, failed field sobriety tests and was charged with driving while intoxicated, pol…

As West Seneca police officers had one suspected drunk driver pulled over on Union Road, a second one crashed a vehicle into the back of a police SUV last week, according to authorities. Two West Seneca officers were conducting a traffic stop on the side of the road at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday when they heard squealing tires coming from behind them and a skidding car ap…

Nearly 40 new wells are proposed for installation at the former site of the coke oven at Lackawanna's Bethlehem Steel site, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The wells are on the former steel plant property across the Hamburg Turnpike from last November's fire site and not associated with the cleanup of that location. The new wells woul…

State troopers arrested a Sears employee Friday and charged him with stealing $2,500 of store merchandise over a period of time, police reported. Joshua Kendrick, 21, of Williamsville worked at the Eastern Hills Mall in Clarence, where troopers were called Friday to investigate a report of employee theft. Kendrick took items worth approximately $2,500 over a period o…

A 27-year-old Cheektowaga man was charged with drunken driving and other charges after being pulled over by Amherst Police for allegedly speeding in the 1300 block of Sweet Home Road Friday morning. Peter Griffin was charged about 7 a.m. with driving while intoxicated, speeding, making an unsafe lane change and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance after he w…

A growing medical practice in Amherst that plans to move down North Forest Road to larger offices received final approval from the town Planning Board last week. Audubon Women's Medical Associates hopes to move by this fall into a 14,500-square-foot space at 2240 and 2250 N. Forest Road, near Millersport Highway, about a mile and a half from its existing, 8,600-square-…

West Seneca plans to switch its recycling pickup to every other week. The town of about 45,000 has weekly pickup by Modern Recycling. It went to garbage and recycling totes in 2014. But now the town wants to reduce its carbon footprint, have less wear and tear on roads – and save money. "Change is somewhat difficult," Supervisor Sheila Meegan said. "I think we'r…

A "Snow Roll," Kids Day at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, and special rainbow event at The Ice at Canalside are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family in the region. To see a complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Kids yoga camp: 2:15 p.m., and same time Tuesday. Buffalo Barre, 5843 Transit Roa…

The massive Muir Woods property in the northwest corner of Amherst has sat vacant for 17 years under the ownership of Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. The developer over the years has proposed millions of square feet of office space, hundreds of apartments and dozens of homes. But nothing has ever happened with the 326-acre site, and the ideas for the property stirred up con…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to retired race car driver Bobby Unser, born on this date in 1934, “Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” . . . The Winter Tree The winter tree Shorn of leaves, but not of life Standing in stark relief, brown-grey against a dim January sky Alone and still, with her own thoughts, and half-forgotten memories. The winter tree…