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The World's Largest Disco is surely the marquee event of this weekend, but it's been sold out for some time. Same with the second of two visits by Lowest of the Low, Ron Hawkins' Canadian rock band beloved in Buffalo. Don't panic too much, however, as there's a wealth of big and small events to which to turn your attention. The vast majority of these have free admission…

A brown-colored pick-up was allegedly shot by a hunter in North Harmony Friday who thought it was a deer, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Robert Merritt of Springboro, Penn., called 911 to report that a bullet hit his truck as they traveled on an access road to the Wiltsie Road State Lands, the Sheriff's Office said. The incident happened at 11…

Business

If you go Saturday, here is how some local business districts are making the most of the marketing push: A free shuttle service will pick up and drop off shoppers every two blocks on Elmwood Avenue from Forest Avenue to Allen Street, stopping every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is free parking in the Gallagher Ramp, 489 Elmwood Ave. It's provided by Council …

Business

A woman walked into Bloomsbury Lane Toy Shoppe in Lancaster last Christmas, almost in tears. She had spent several hours wandering aimlessly through a big box store, trying to find presents for children on her list. She had gotten nowhere and was feeling overwhelmed. Crystal Newman welcomed the woman into her toy store, took her coat, and gave her a glass of wine. Ne…

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A 19-year-old driver was killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer Friday morning in Batavia, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office said. Tori Nigro was driving north through an intersection at Wilkinson Road and state route 33 at about 11:30 a.m. when she ran a stop sign and struck an eastbound tractor-trailer, the Sheriff's Office said. Nigro's Dodge Neon hit the …

Crime

A man with a gun robbed The Corner Store at Delaware and Euclid avenues in Kenmore earlier this month and police are asking for the public's help identifying the thief. The robbery happened at 4:33 p.m. Nov. 14, said Kenmore police, who released surveillance images on Facebook on Friday. Anyone who may have information that could help to identify the suspect is asked…

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Eleven years have now passed since decorated Army veteran Jonathon M. Cote of Amherst was taken hostage in November 2006 in Iraq, where he was working as a security guard on a convoy. His mutilated body was found 17 months after his abduction. The FBI and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration investigated, with help from British intelligence services, but no one was ever…

Attractions

A cloudless sky brought beaming sun to the Ice at Canalside on Friday morning as ice skating kicked off for the season along Buffalo's downtown waterfront. Conditions were not ideal. Most of the chill was out of the air as the temperature approached 50 degrees shortly before noon. That didn't stop families and friends from lacing up their skates and hitting the ice.…

Education

The Buffalo school district is seeking a person or organization to run BUILD Academy next year and turn around the struggling East Side school on Fougeron Street. The district, facing a January deadline to appoint someone, put out this week a formal request for applications. Replies are due to Superintendent Kriner Cash by 4 p.m.  Tuesday, Dec. 19. Applicants must b…

Business

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has no plans to drop job creation requirements when awarding county tax breaks. The public deserves to get a bang for its buck, he told a group of real estate brokers and developers this month. "That's the benefit that the community gets, the jobs that are created as a result of the projects," Poloncarz said in an interview with T…

Food + Drink

Desperation fueled RealEats, an organic, whole foods meal delivery company started three years ago. "It was all about my own inability to feed my children really good, healthy food as a busy, working single father," said CEO and founder Dan Wise, a Toronto native who splits his time between Montreal, New York City and the Finger Lakes. "I didn't want to pick up pizza. I…

Crime

Jamie Billquist was watching TV at his home on Armenian Road in Sherman Wednesday night when  he heard his dogs barking. His wife, Rosemary, had just taken their Labs, Sugar and Stella, out for a walk in the field behind their house after getting home from work. He went outside to see why the dogs were barking and saw an ambulance pull into his driveway. "Jamie, …

Business

County leaders are hoping to finalize a deal by year-end to acquire the former Angola Airport property in the Town of Evans, so they can turn it into a new agribusiness park to attract new employers to the region. Officials want to spur new economic development opportunities in southern Erie County that will create jobs and lure new business investment from companies ce…

Erie County

Amy Bueme tends to hear lots of explanations during the holidays about why people have decided to shelve their fitness routines. There are too many family meals to prepare. There is not enough time, what with parties to attend, gifts to buy and kids to manage when they have days off from school. The stress of the holidays makes it too tiring to work out. These …

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“As the lion is the monarch of the forest,” wrote one of Buffalo’s early historians of the city, “so the Lion Brewery is monarch among similar establishments of its kind; if not in architectural extent and capacity, then certainly in the purity and wholesomeness of its products.” The Lion Brewery’s throne sat on the east side of Jefferson Avenue between Best…