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Take a drive from the shores of Lake Ontario to Ellicottville and you'll travel through four climate zones. Add a side trip to Lake Erie, and you're in a fifth zone. Researchers at SUNY Buffalo State looked at elevations and climate data to draw boundaries for these climate zones, and each zone has its own story. “This is our first attempt to weave a story out …

Patients with massive rotator cuff tears are being enrolled in an ongoing FDA study of the InSpace System through UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. “A tremendous number of people live with terrible pain from massive rotator cuff tears,” Dr. Matthew DiPaola, a shoulder and elbow surgeon with the practice, said in a news release. “In collaboration with Buffal…

Southtowns commuters, be warned: Route 5 heading into Buffalo will be closed starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday for the funeral procession of Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner. The closure will affect a stretch of Route 5 from Camp Road to the Lackawanna city line. Lehner's services begin at 10 a.m. at KeyBank Center. Up to 10,000 law enforcement officers are expected to…

Well, isn't this nice. Travel + Leisure magazine has dubbed Buffalo the friendliest city in America. The magazine holds an annual "America's Favorite Places" survey of it readers, asking them about what they love about their hometowns. In the category of friendliness cities, in the South and and Midwest figured prominently with readers. "And yet it was an East …

Sept. 3, 1929 – Oct. 16, 2017 Robert E. Whitfield, who had a passion for masonic organizations, died Oct. 16 after a long illness. He was 88. He was born in Whitsett, Pa., was educated in Clairton, Pa., and served in the Army. He married Margurite Simmons in 1952, and they moved to Buffalo to raise their family. Mr. Whitfield, of Buffalo, worked for 25 years …

It’s early and it was only for bragging rights, but businessman Ian Golden of Tompkins County emerged as winner of a weekend straw poll among Democrats lining up to challenge Republican Rep. Tom Reed of the 23rd Congressional District next year. Golden captured 30 percent of the vote at the Saturday survey of Democrats gathering in Randolph. Attorney Eddie Sundquist o…

There are a lot of Quinns involved in the 9th District Erie County Legislature race, a seat currently held by incumbent Lynne Dixon, I-Hamburg. First, there's Dixon's challenger, Hamburg town Councilman Michael P. Quinn Jr., whose last name is gracing lawn signs throughout the district, which covers Hamburg, Blasdell, South Buffalo and Lackawanna. Quinn, a lawyer, is th…

Unused or expired medications may be turned in for safe disposal Saturday in Amherst. Amherst police and the DEA are holding the drop off from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the front parking lot of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, 1540 Maple Road. Accepted medications include prescriptions, over-the-counter meds, veterinary medications, vitamins and homeopathic treatmen…

Gary A. Carpenter, a Town of Tonawanda man who crashed his vehicle through the front window of a Lockport liquor store in 2014 as a means of stealing liquor and cash, was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III imposed the maximum sentence available on Carpenter, who flunked out of court-supervised drug treatment. Carpen…

The hallways and public spaces inside John R. Oishei Children's Hospital are coming to life with artwork. About 35 to 40 pieces were installed last week throughout the new hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. "We are all in the thick of it now. Every floor of the hospital has some work in it already," said Scott Propeack, volunteer curator of art at Oishei…

Adam D. Kibler, who robbed the Eastern Niagara Hospital emergency room of opiates at gunpoint, was sentenced Monday to five years' probation. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III said he agreed with Lockport Detective Lt. Todd Chenez, who told a probation officer that Kibler should get one chance, but any probation violation should result in the maximum seven-y…

A pedestrian suffered serious injuries when struck by a vehicle about 4:30 p.m. Monday in the 1900 block of Delaware Avenue near Delaware Park, Buffalo police said. The victim is a man between 60 and 70 years old, accident investigators said. Police said the man darted across the street and was struck by the vehicle, though police were still investigating the accident M…

Changes to the exterior design of part of a proposed housing project on Genesee Street led city Planning Board members on Monday to delay action for at least two weeks so they can hold another public hearing on the plan. Mt. Aaron Baptist Church has proposed an affordable housing community called Mt. Aaron Village, which calls for a 50-unit senior apartment building and…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to playwright and director Moss Hart, born on this date in 1904, “All the mistakes I ever made were when I wanted to say ‘No’ and said ‘Yes’.” . . . NEEDLEWORK – A demonstration on how to make a sewing chatelaine, a fabric necklace that keeps scissors, pins and other tools handy, will be given at the next meeting of the Buffalo/Niaga…