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Since the building's reopening six years ago, the Statler's history and grandeur has made it the premier downtown destination for large weddings and other events. While the luster of the ballrooms and other interior spaces on the three restored levels of the former hotel are evident, work on the outside of Statler City has lagged. But changes could come in 2017, said Ma…

Since the building's reopening six years ago, the Statler's history and grandeur has made it the premier downtown destination for large weddings and other events. While the luster of the ballrooms and other interior spaces on the three restored levels of the former hotel are evident, work on the outside of Statler City has lagged. But changes could come in 2017, said Ma…

Tough Mudder is offering a new 15 percent discount code for U.S.-based 2017 Tough Mudder and new Tough Mudder Half events. The code, which expires Feb. 28, is ToughMudderNewYear17. Race organizers also launched a series of free training videos and three-month downloadable workout guides at ToughMudder.com/Physical-Training. See a list of Tough Mudder events – in…

A senior lunch program coordinated by the Pride Center of Western New York at Preservation Pub near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus offers a healthy monthly meal. Every fourth Monday of the month, Preservation Pub at 946 Main St. hosts Erie County's Stay Fit Dining Program for those 60 and up. The location is the only restaurant to host the county program. …

WHEATFIELD - The Town Board plans to apply for state funds to help a developer open a microbrewery and restaurant at The Summit, a largely vacant Wheatfield mall. At a public hearing Monday, John Robinson, a principal in Big Thunder Brewing Co., said the brew pub project might cost as much as $3.3 million. R. Charles Bell, an economic development consultant for the town…

The St. Jude Center tucked in the growing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is open for daily Mass and is offering pastoral services for hospital patients, their families and hospital staff. The chapel, located at 760 Ellicott St.,  offers a quiet sanctuary for spiritual reflection. Mass is offered at 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; and at 3:30 p.m. Saturday…

A Buffalo police vehicle responding to a call about a man with a gun struck a boy crossing Niagara Street near Porter Avenue at about 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to authorities. The 10-year-old child suffered injuries not believed to be serious, the Buffalo Police Department said in a tweet. He was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. The police vehicle was heade…

Residents are a little closer to relief from the frequent blowing of train whistles at three railroad crossings in Hamburg. The town is planning to install "quiet zones" at the CSX and Norfolk Southern railroad crossings on Pleasant Avenue and Lakeview and Bayview roads, and has committed to put $300,000 in town funds toward the design and construction of the crossings.…

Now you can check out some library books while you cash out your groceries. At least, that's the case at the Tops Markets store in Derby, 6914 Erie Road, where a bookmobile will visit twice a month. Beginning Feb. 2, the Library on Wheels will visit the store on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Patrons of all ages, with or without a library card, can borrow …

Thieves broke into eight vehicles over the weekend along South Protection Road in Holland, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. Thousands of dollars in items were taken, including tools, jewelry, electronic devices, cash and credit cards, the Sheriff's Office said. Some of the vehicles were unlocked at the time of the thefts. In some of the incidents, victims…

The Fish Guy of Framingham, Mass., does not want to let Buffalo Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes off the hook. He wants payment for moving the football player’s tropical fish and aquarium to Buffalo. Joshua Wolfson, aka The Fish Guy, said Spikes owes him $4,045 for taking care of the fish, according to court papers. After waiting more than two years for his money, he o…

Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara Inc. will open a drop-in center Thursday at the Lackawanna Public Library. The group hopes that drop-in centers will increase public awareness of literacy services available for those learning to read and decrease the length of time new learners must wait before they begin working with a tutor. At the present time, demand for literac…

The Grand Island School District, in need of substitutes in all job categories, will hold a recruitment fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on  Tuesday, Feb. 28. at Grand Island High School, 1180 Ransom Road. The district is seeking qualified candidates to work in the district office, high school, middle school, three elementary schools, as well as transportation and building a…

The Town of Tonawanda is expanding its recreation offerings, with plans to open a 1.5 mile bike and pedestrian trail this summer that wraps around Lincoln Park. The Lincoln Park trail will run along Decatur Drive to the south, east along Parkhurst Boulevard and then through the park to the north, behind Franklin Elementary and Middle School, and west linking with Parker…

A Lockport woman was arrested Saturday with driving while intoxicated, speeding and consuming alcohol while in a motor vehicle following a traffic stop on Transit Road in the Town of Lockport. Rose A. Opera, 52, was stopped by New York State Troopers for traveling 61 mph in a posted 45 mph speed zone. Opera was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests.  …