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The Western New York Doulas are a loosely knit, five-member group of women with a total of 20 children. And one on the way. “A lot of people looking to start a family want to know what their options are,” said Jenny Beam, 30, of North Tonawanda, who is expecting her fifth child in June. Beam is among the doulas who will throw a public baby shower next weekend …

The Town of Tonawanda and Rotary Club of Kenmore will hold their 34th annual Easter egg hunt for children beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 8, inside the Lincoln Arena, 1200 Parker Boulevard. The free indoor event regularly draws about 500 children. Participants must be  Kenmore or Town of Tonawanda residents, aged 2 to 10. "This is a community favorite," said…

Leaders at the City Mission in 2014 unveiled a dream expansion that would have tripled the size of its East Tupper Street headquarters and created room for 184 emergency shelter beds. But after three years of fits and starts, the project didn't get off the ground. Now, the City Mission is pursuing a scaled-back, $15.1 million plan to construct a four-story complex an…

Fliers related to white supremacist topics were found earlier this week in the driveways of more than a dozen homes in Lewiston, according to town police. Lewiston Police Chief Frank Previte said the fliers were distributed sometime between late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. They were found at properties on Mohawk Street, Chicora Road and Lower River Ro…

JAMESTOWN -- A man faces kidnapping, drug and weapons charges after he allegedly held a man at gunpoint earlier this month in his residence, according to authorities. Mark E. Diers Jr., 39, of Norwood Avenue, has been charged with kidnapping, menacing, criminally using drug paraphernalia and reckless endangerment in connection with the alleged incident on March 12, acco…

TOWN OF ALABAMA -- A Medina man who was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a Thursday collision at a rural intersection here  Friday from his injuries, according to State Police. Purcel E. Buzard, 81, was pronounced dead Friday at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Buzard was a passenger in a car driven by Donna L. Wolter, 69, also of Medina. She suffered head…

WASHINGTON -- For years, Reps. Chris Collins and Tom Reed took every opportunity to bash Obamacare as a failure. But, after House Republicans failed Friday in their attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the two GOP lawmakers from Western New York offered vastly different reactions to their party's failure. Collins focused on his disappointment. Reed…

April 2, 1938 -- March 24, 2017 On Saturday, the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park will open for the season. But it won't be the same as it has been, for more than two decades. The man who guided the park from lean years into a major Canalside tourist attraction -- sometimes refusing to accept a paycheck while secretly paying other workers' salaries …

Lyme disease is called “the great imitator,” because its symptoms – which can include severe headaches, joint pain and swelling, fainting spells, heart palpitations and the flu – mimic those of other conditions. It helps explain why medical professionals feared that landscaper Chuk Roll of West Seneca had cancer, lupus, multiple sclerosis and reactive arthritis …

Developers who want to put a "faith-built" apartment community in a former Kenmore church school are seeking $215,000 in tax breaks from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency to support the  conversion. Developers Lawrence Bicz and Ken Vasile intend to transform the former St. Paul's School at 45 Victoria Blvd. into 37 market-rate apartments. The project, du…

Tesla Inc. plans to start taking orders in April for the solar roof shingles that it will begin making at its South Buffalo solar panel factory later this year, Elon Musk said Friday. Tesla unveiled four different designs for solar shingles at an event in Hollywood last October, but the electric vehicle maker still has not disclosed pricing details. The roof product is …

The man who robbed and sexually abused a Japanese woman during her visit to Niagara Falls in 2015 was sentenced to 22 years in prison Friday by a Niagara County judge. Robert E. MacLeod, 45, of 30th Street in the Falls, was sentenced to 15 years for his conviction on two counts of second-degree robbery and seven years in prison for first-degree sexual assault. "That …

Habitat Buffalo wants to encourage more women to play a role in construction. The local nonprofit homebuilding organization wants to engage women to learn construction fields and participate in building homes. Habitat Buffalo has previously built homes with all-female teams. But this spring, it will participate for the first time in the national Habitat for Humanit…

Thank Winter Storm Stella for driving the final stake into Western New York's drought. For the first time since last May 24, the National Drought Monitor in its weekly report that the region is entirely free of drought or abnormally dry soil conditions. The nearly 10-month stretch was the longest consecutive dry spell on record in Erie and Niagara counties, since t…