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The decaying Bethlehem Steel ovens and abandoned engine and boiler houses along the hundreds of acres on Route 5 in Lackawanna remind passing motorists every day of the region’s decline. But local leaders see the opposite. They see unmatched potential. “This property represents one of the most marketable pieces of industrial property in all of North America,” s…

Erie County has signed a purchase agreement, after years of negotiations, to take control of nearly 150 acres of remediated Bethlehem Steel property before the end of the year. The first 60 acres are expected to be transferred to county control before the end of the month, and that's only the start of what's planned for the site. Highlighted on the map below are the ex…

The American Legion Band of the Tonawandas took top honors at the 2017 American Legion Department State Convention in Syracuse on Friday. The State Convention parade features military units from across the state. The Tonawandas group was awarded first place in the American Legion category with a score of 93.44. Second place went to Yankee Doodle Band from Rensselaer wit…

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is scheduled to visit Jamestown this morning to tout a bill she believes will help stem opioid abuse. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is co-sponsoring the Opioid Addiction Prevention Act, which she introduced in April along with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. The bill would limit the length a doctor could initially prescribe an opioid to a patient sufferi…

A 47-year-old Buffalo man is in fair condition after he was shot Sunday night on Grey Street, a police spokesman said. The man was shot shortly before 10:30 p.m. on the first block of Grey Street, just north of Broadway east of Jefferson Avenue, police said Monday. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center. Police ask anyone with information about what happened t…

Fifty years ago, the manufacturing giant that bought Lackawanna Steel produced millions of tons of steel a year, employed 22,000 workers and supported entire cities. “Help Wanted” posters papered the complex. The legacy: hollowed-out buildings, piles of brick and broken glass and tall trees that grow in places that once would have withered a blade of grass. Here's a…

A Saturday paddle festival, two bike rides and a pair of kickboxing classes are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Slow Roll Buffalo: Meet at 5:30 p.m., roll at 6:30 p.m., Colored Musicians Club, 145 Broadway. Ten-mile gu…

A slick, wobbly ladder over muddy water swamped the Mathletes' quest for $250,000. A group of University at Buffalo students competing in the NBC obstacle course show "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" advanced to the semifinals on Sunday night along with five other teams. But the UB team of Chris Komin and Ellen Lutnick, both of Grand Island, Zoe Herrick, of Rochest…

As wet weather persists in the Great Lakes basin, the U.S.-Canadian agency that sets the rate of water flows out of Lake Ontario has decided to maintain the record flow levels it began in the second week of June. The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board of Control continues to allow nearly 2.75 million gallons of water per second to flow into the St. Lawr…

A Blasdell man whose driver's license has been suspended 36 times was arrested Saturday night after police found him passed out behind the wheel of a car near a major Orchard Park intersection, according to authorities. Orchard Park police reported finding Tyler M. Melisz, 25, on Southwestern Boulevard at the "five corners" intersection at about 7 p.m. in his vehicl…

Mayor Byron W. Brown is overhauling the board that oversees Buffalo's public housing for 10,000 residents, an initial step toward tackling ongoing problems at the agency. The mayor in recent weeks asked for and received resignations from three of the commissioners who oversee the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority and he intends to announce replacements Monday. He also…

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, born on this date in 1898, “Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn’t be done.” . . . ALL WET – Making a splash today is Ten Lives Club cat and rescue adoption group, which is setting up a “Dunk a Hunk, Dunk a Diva” dunking booth from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at its shelter at 3741 Lake Shore Road (R…

Maj. Patrick Miller has been to war in Iraq, and undergone countless surgeries and medical procedures since being shot in the abdomen by a gunman at Fort Hood, Texas three years ago. But it is his mother he is most proud of, and he praised her during a benefit concert he organized Sunday in Allegany for Wounded Warriors. Carole Miller lost her father, an Army lieuten…

Two people died in a two-vehicle crash Sunday night in Hartland, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. The crash happened at Quaker and Ridge roads at 7:12 p.m. Deputies who arrived at the scene found one vehicle in the westbound lane of Ridge and the other off the road in the southwest corner of the intersection, authorities said. Both vehicles were heavily…

A man was severely injured after jumping from the top of Akron Falls on Sunday, according to the Akron Fire Company. At around 4:50 p.m., Akron EMS responded to the Upper Falls parking lot off of Skyline Drive, where the man's friends had brought him after the accident. Swimming is not permitted in Akron Falls Park, which surrounds a section of Murder Creek, a tributary…

Looking out for cyclists might be a bit easier this coming Saturday — some of them could be nude. For the third year in a row, the World Naked Bike Ride will cruise through Buffalo to bring awareness to "oil addiction and the negative impacts of car culture," according to a press release. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at Tony Sisti Park on the corner of North and F…