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ALBANY – To listen to top state officials, Washington is poised to hammer the finances of New York State government. Notwithstanding President Trump’s decision to halt the vote to replace the Affordable Care Act, which had billions of dollars at stake for New York, other proposals in the Washington pipeline would reduce federal money for public education, and cut bl…

A bald eagle, vultures, exotic birds and elusive wildcats will be on hand as Hawk Creek Wildlife Center marks 30 years in operation from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 6 with a wild safari at its new location, 1963 Mill Road, West Falls. Hawk Creek's new live flying bird show, "Power Animals," features birds of prey soaring. All children will receive a "Wild Power Safari" activi…

Expect some typical spring weather this week. It should be mainly dry Monday – until late in the evening, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Mitchell. "There will be several rounds of showers, but a lot of dry time, too," Mitchell said. Wednesday and Thursday will be dry, with showers returning Friday. "Nothing major," Mitchell said of the r…

Racing fans will notice some changes this year at Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway, with a new beer stand, burnout box and sound system in the pit areas. “The past three years have marked significant improvements and repairs to multiple areas of the track. The results have been growth in fans, race teams, reputation and a positive vibe about Lancaster," track…

TOWN OF NIAGARA – A B Street man was arrested last week after falsely reporting that his rental vehicle had been stolen, town police said. Police said on Tuesday they were called to the home of Michael J. Hanusin, who told officers someone stole a blue Chevrolet Malibu he recently rented. Police said they later stopped the car and learned from the driver that he had r…

NIAGARA FALLS – A self-employed automobile mechanic told police he was recently threatened and victimized by a man who claimed that he had “messed up’’ his car. Police said the mechanic was contacted last week via Facebook by the man and arranged to fix his car. After the car was serviced, police added, the customer returned to the mechanic's Seventh Street home…

Oct. 15, 1936 ‑ March 22, 2017 LOCKPORT ‑ David H. Knight, a  Lockport teacher, coach and community volunteer, died Wednesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst,  after a long illness. He was 80. Born in Lockport, Mr. Knight was a member of the last class to graduate from old Lockport High School on East Avenue in 1955, lettering in football and bas…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to photographer Edward Steichen, born on this date in 1879, “Every ten years a man should give himself a good kick in the pants.” . . . How a Village Graciously Shows Signs of Age Amid old-timey village science, back when the smithy shod a horse, ancestral rocks slept beneath Glen Falls (plus its old innards and soul, of course ). Poets…

An Oakfield man, who earlier was warned not to drive after going the wrong way on a one-way street, was later stopped again for drunk driving in the City of Tonawanda. Christopher M. Oliveras, 25, of Lockport Road, had already been told to park his car Saturday night after he was pulled over for driving the wrong way. Later, at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Tonawanda police…

A Cheektowaga man was arrested by City of Tonawanda police Saturday night after he kicked in a door and threatened another man with an aluminum baseball bat. Ian C. Arnitz, 29, of Huth Road, was charged with third-degree menacing, criminal mischief and criminal possession of a weapon, stemming from a dispute with a man living on Johnson Street in Tonawanda. At about …

A late-night fire Saturday near Doat Street caused about $60,000 in damages to the building and contents of two-and-a-half-story home, but no one was injured, Buffalo fire officials said Sunday. The 11 p.m. fire in the frame house at 215 Keystone St. started on the first floor before extending to the attic. Fire crews attacked the blaze from the front and rear before ex…

A conference to discuss a "spiritual solution" to the deadly opioid epidemic gripping the region and country is set for Tuesday at the Newman Center on the University at Buffalo’s North Campus. Organizers are urging local clergy to attend so that they can gain insights into how to help their congregations, including how to set up support groups. The Rev. Jan Hubbard of…

Months before any trial begins, State Sen. Robert G. Ortt already is mounting his defense against the felony election law charges lodged against him last week. And he is squarely aiming at his accuser – state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman – and the “politics” that the North Tonawanda Republican claims spawned the “ridiculous and baseless” accusations…

A 35-year-old Niagara Falls man has been charged in the stabbing of four people in a Niagara Falls bar last night that sent two men and two women to the hospital. Niagara Falls police on Sunday identified the suspect in the fight at Third Street Tap Room as Eddie Alnardo Mayo of Willow Avenue. He was charged with first-degree assault, three counts of second-degree assa…

Norman R. Hameister took his uncle's advice and enlisted in the Navy, rather than face the likelihood of the Army drafting him into World War II. His Uncle Charlie knew all about the Army and marching into harm's way. He had served in the  killing fields of World War I. "I had about two years of high school at Hutch-Tech and quit to join the Navy at 17. My uncle sig…