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The unprecedented hearing before New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is to decide whether Carl P. Paladino should be removed from his elected position. But during the first day of testimony Thursday, it was those seeking his removal who were on the hot seat – specifically School Board President Barbara A. Seals Nevergold, a longtime Paladino nemesis. …

The Explore & More Children’s Museum isn’t scheduled to open at Canalside until next summer but the museum aims to make its presence felt both its current site in the Southtowns and on the Buffalo waterfront. Free Family Fun Fridays will take place at Canalside and Wander the World Wednesday (WOWs) at the museum, 300 Gleed Ave., East Aurora. Both will stretch…

June 19, 1935 – May 31, 2017 June E. Underkofler, who directed a nursery school in Lancaster for 25 years, died May 31 in St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Louis, Mo., from complications of sudden onset pneumonia. She was 81. Born in Buffalo, the former June Elizabeth Farr was a 1953 graduate of Mount Mercy Academy and attended the University of Buffalo. In recent years, …

Krista Wander of Lockport and her father drove to the Niagara County SPCA to look for a dog to adopt. She soon wished they hadn't. "The second we walked into the dog adoption center it was filthy, reeked and the dogs were overwhelmingly barking and growling and throwing themselves against their cages," said Wander, who had never been in the Wheatfield shelter before. …

The pickup truck that State Police investigators believe struck a Grand Island woman in a hit-and-run incident June 13 is registered to a state correction officer, his attorney confirmed to The Buffalo News. The pickup is registered to Edward J. Kuebler III of the Town of Tonawanda, Kuebler's attorney Barry Covert, said Thursday. Kuebler has not been charged. Sta…

Michele Liddle is determined to show the world that the benefits of granola can vary considerably – and not only when it comes to nutrition. Liddle, an Orchard Park native who lives in suburban Rochester, a year ago launched her company, The Perfect Granola. It has steadily made its mark upstate, in bag and bar form, in more than 250 retailers, including Wegmans, D…

Dottie Gallagher-Cohen says there's a lot for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership to be happy about. The business advocacy group she leads was part of statewide efforts that will result in lower worker's compensation premiums for companies and helped convince Albany to allow ride-hailing services to operate across upstate New York. http://buffalonews.com/2017/06/07/state…

Grabbing an Uber or a Lyft to or from Buffalo Niagara International Airport will cost riders a little more than just the regular cost of the trip. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will charge $3.50 for each pickup or drop-off, a cost that will be passed on to riders. The fees, which go into effect when ride-hailing becomes legal in upstate New York on Ju…

Incoming Erie Community College President Dan Hocoy seems open to exploring the possibility of a merger between ECC and Niagara County Community College. Hocoy was appointed 11th president of ECC on Wednesday by the State University of New York Board of Trustees. He has yet to delve deeply into the question, which has been raised occasionally over the years and most re…

The hearing before State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia regarding the removal of Carl P. Paladino from the Buffalo School Board was supposed to be about Paladino, but for most of Thursday, it was the school board president, Barbara Seals Nevergold, who was in the hot seat. Throughout five hours of testimony, Nevergold was grilled about whether she convened improp…

Authorities have charged a 17-year-old with attempted murder after two people were shot in Cheektowaga early Thursday. Roquan Williams was charged with second-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office and a Cheektowaga court official. Williams is scheduled to appear in town court on Tuesday. The shooti…

Even the way Steve Boyd met Mickey Osterreicher was unforgettable, and distinctly Buffalo. In 1989, Boyd was on his first day as a television reporter with Channel 7. He was a passenger in a car driven northbound by a cameraman on Interstate 190, through downtown. Boyd learned he'd been reassigned to a story about the nuclear waste dump in West Valley. Osterreicher was …

A West Seneca woman was sentenced Thursday to five years' probation and 300 hours of community service for stealing $291,070 by cashing pension checks mailed to her mother for 33 years after her mother's death. Pearlann MacVittie, 73, pleaded guilty April 6 before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth F. Case to third-degree grand larceny, a felony, according to the New York…

The U.S.-Canadian agency that controls flows of water out of Lake Ontario decided this week to continue the highest outflows ever. For the second consecutive week, the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board allowed nearly 2.75 million gallons per second to flow out of the lake and into the St. Lawrence. The water level in the lake has fallen 4.3 inches sin…

A Canadian company plans to build a new liquor distillery in a Wheatfield industrial park with the aim of reducing costs as he focuses on U.S. customers. Leon Safir of Anat Inc. said he intends to produce as much as a truckload of whiskey and vodka per day, creating five new jobs, at a site his company has purchased in the industrial park off Lockport Road. "For me, …