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First period at Bennett High School was interrupted Monday by a rock concert. At least it started out that way. The Nashville-based, Kansas-bred band GOODING rocked the high school’s auditorium for four or five songs before the band’s lead singer and namesake turned teacher and gave the howling crowd of students a lesson on a subject they don’t often hear abou…

Fires that destroyed a seasonal camp and two trailers last week in Cattaraugus County were intentionally set, the State Police said Tuesday. The arson occurred Friday on Huyck Road in Farmersville. Fire investigators with Cattaraugus County determined the cause of the blazes to be arson. About $50,000 in damage occurred, state police said. State police ask anyon…

Buffalo area refugees will receive free routine health screenings from  physician assistant students and faculty at the third annual Daemen College Refugee Health Fair, which will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday in Jewish Family Service of Buffalo and Erie County offices at 70 Barker St. Screenings will be available for blood pressure, glucose, respiration, visio…

The Town of Evans has stepped back from the financial brink of disaster, according to its supervisor. Mary K. Hosler is determined to move the town forward after years of financial mismanagement left the town broke and with a credit rating so low that no investors were willing to buy revenue anticipation notes last fall. "It's far from over," she said of the financia…

NITTEC is reporting that the accident that had the left lane heading southbound on the Skyway closed has been cleared. https://twitter.com/NITTEC/status/856869222781259776 https://twitter.com/NITTEC/status/856867209355948032

When Leroy Favors Jr. was finishing his sentence in 2010 for raping and sodomizing a woman, he was not a candidate for civil confinement. The records of that hearing when the decision was made were sealed and may have been destroyed. But according to statements in Erie County Court this week, the decision not to keep holding Favors was based largely on testimony from…

The Amherst Planning Board has delayed voting on a mixed-used project of 152 apartments and retail stores proposed for the northwest corner of town because its members want more details about how the development will affect wetlands that mark the property. The board voted 4-2 to table Rane Management's application at last week's meeting. But Rane President Anthony Cutai…

West Herr Jaguar's plans to expand its showroom and make additional improvements to the parking and landscaping at its Getzville dealership received the green light from the Amherst Planning Board. The board voted 6-0 at last week's board meeting to approve the the dealership's plans to add 2,020 square feet of showroom space on the north and east sides of its 38,460-sq…

Hamburg Town Board members Monday evening got an update on the proposed $25 million to $30 million sportsplex. But they would not reveal the latest on the public-private venture. "The board has directed him to provide information that he has not provided," Supervisor Steven J. Walters said about the meeting with Marty Starkman, president of Sportstar of Toronto, Ont.…

The next phase in construction on the 37-unit apartment complex in the former St. Paul's School in Kenmore will soon begin, Larry Bicz says. Abatement work will start by the end of the week and construction is expected to take five months. Parish Apartments should open in October or November, Bicz said. Historic tax credits were key to moving the $5 million projec…

A deteriorating road bordering a park in Williamsville will be rebuilt thanks to remaining funds from a previous project, village officials said. Rock Street, between Spring Street and Glen Avenue, forms the western boundary of Glen Park and is in poor condition, Mayor Brian J. Kulpa said. The Village Board awarded a contract for improvements to Millherst Construction f…

A Buffalo law firm has billed state taxpayers $2.67 million to defend the Canalside development corporation in a lawsuit filed by a Cheektowaga businessman who says his construction company was unfairly booted off the harborfront rink project in 2013. The lawsuit – delayed six times now – isn’t scheduled to go to trial for at least 18 months. Meanwhile, legal f…

OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite lyric from songwriter Jerry Leiber, born on this date in 1933, “Take out the papers and the trash/ Or you don’t get no spendin’ cash/ If you don’t scrub that kitchen floor/ You ain’t gonna rock and roll no more ...” . . . TOUGH TALK – Lee Coppola, award-winning newspaper and television reporter and former dean of the journalism scho…

The Coast Guard rescued two people from two small vessels Monday that were adrift on the Niagara River, headed toward Niagara Falls. A spokesman for the Coast Guard said the Buffalo Station received a call about 7:30 p.m. from a man on Cayuga Island who spotted the vessels, a jet ski and a small aluminum boat that was about 14 feet in length. Both were disabled in th…

Amherst's zoning code will be reviewed – and changes may be proposed – to limit the locations of future drug treatment clinics in the town. Monday's directive by the Town Board comes after Catholic Health filed plans to open a clinic that will distribute methadone on Millersport Highway, on the edge of a residential neighborhood. A committee of the town attorney,…

At 15, Leontae Parker is kind, smart and courteous. He likes the Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks and the Golden State Warriors, and he wants to be a police officer when he grows up. Or maybe a football or basketball player. He's active in his church. And he needs a new kidney. His kidneys were removed in March 2011 after disease attacked them, preventing them from…