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Before they were even finished digging the Hamburg Canal, in 1849, the standing, fetid water in the half-dug ditch was blamed in part for a growing cholera crisis in what we now call the First Ward and Canalside areas. Originally conceived to help divert traffic away from the busy Erie Canal, soon the railroads were doing a good enough job of making the Hamburg Cana…

A Cheektowaga woman pleaded guilty to vehicular assault for driving under the influence and striking three children with her car last summer. Amber Miller, 24, admitted that she was under the influence of the depressant alprazolam on July 28 when she drove across Central Boulevard in Cheektowaga and struck the three boys. The incident occurred at about 4:40 p.m. near th…

They have little in common. One is a construction worker. Another wants to be a mental-health counselor. And one is a professional hockey broadcaster and former Buffalo Sabre. The 26 Buffalo area residents sworn in as U.S. citizens Tuesday morning have vastly different stories. They come from war-torn lands, from totalitarian regimes, even from democratic Western cou…

A former maintenance supervisor admitted Tuesday morning that he accepted bribes in exchange for helping a friend get a $1 million contract to paint dorm rooms on the University at Buffalo campus. Dean Yerry, 64, pleaded guilty to one count of the indictment for taking money from Joseph LoVetro, a poker buddy. The two concocted the plan to get the contract while Yerr…

Oct. 3, 1938 – Feb. 1, 2017 Donald Henderson, of Amherst, co-founder of the Center for Hearing and Deafness at the University at Buffalo, died Feb. 1 in Buffalo General Medical Center after a long illness. He was 78. Recognized internationally as an expert in the field of noise-induced hearing loss, he published more than 200 articles and edited a dozen books. He o…

State environmental officials have proposed an "expedited cleanup of contamination" for the former Mentholatum building before Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. can finish its proposed renovation of the Niagara Street facility into a new residential apartment building. Ciminelli bought the 80,000-square-foot daylight factory building at 1360 Niagara in February 2016. The firm…

A plan to construct a five-building office park and a retail plaza across from the Transit Valley Country Club has started to transform a swath of largely undeveloped land on Transit Road in Clarence. Bevilacqua Development LP has started construction on three new suburban office buildings aimed at medical and professional tenants that will make up the $10 million T…

NIAGARA FALLS - Danielle N. DePalma, secretary of the Niagara Falls Democratic Committee, announced Tuesday she will run for one of three City Council seats available in this fall's election. DePalma said she intends to resign her party position to make her first run for elective office, seeking the Democratic and Working Families nominations. DePalma, 33, is a h…

The president of the West Seneca Youth Baseball Association who stole close to $50,000 from the organization was sentenced Tuesday to spend weekends in jail for the next three months. Kevin Chodkowski, 46, of West Seneca already has repaid $49,350 to the baseball club, the full amount that investigators could confirm that he stole. He pleaded guilty to attempted grand l…

CTG stock jumped by 8 percent on Tuesday after new CEO Bud Crumlish indicated the Buffalo information technology company may be poised to stop a four-year skid in sales after posting better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings. Continued softness in its health care solutions business caused CTG's fourth-quarter profits to fall by more than half and its revenues to drop…

Always dreamed of playing football on the turf at New Era Field? You’ll have the opportunity to do so next month – and raise money for the Special Olympics at the same time. Special Olympics New York Western Region looks to field as many as 64 teams to play 6-on-6 flag football March 11 for the Buffalo Snow Bowl at the Orchard Park stadium. Teams that pay $50 …

On a day when Jewish Community Centers across the United States received bomb threats, Ivanka Trump encouraged religious tolerance in a tweet. At least 10 Jewish centers across the country, including two in the Buffalo area, were targeted Monday by threats, according to national media reports and local Jewish Community Center officials. Here's is the tweet Trump p…

I like to think of myself as a trusting person, who tends to err on the side of giving all people the benefit of the doubt. Unless you tell me that something is in Williamsville. Then I have a standard response: “No it isn’t.” It isn’t just places. I have met dozens of people who tried to tell me that they lived in Williamsville, only to be informed by me tha…

A man attacked a co-worker at an East Quaker Street business Monday, Orchard Park police reported. The incident happened at about 8:15 a.m. The victim said Robert Wozniak was harassing him and refused his requests to calm down, according to police. Wozniak tried to punch the victim, who had placed a chair between himself and Wozniak, police said. A physical altercati…

Hamburg's town budget this year includes increased money for dredging at the town boat launch, road paving, and a new employee in the assessing department. But the town didn't account for the increase in minimum wage. The budget puts in the same numbers that were in the previous year's budget for part-time and seasonal workers in the Recreation and Buildings and Grou…