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The political gods may yet answer the prayers of Buffalo mayoral hopeful Mark J.F. Schroeder. Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant, a powerful force in East Side politics, said Tuesday she is considering challenging Schroeder and incumbent Byron W. Brown in the September Democratic primary for mayor. The move could provide a major boost to the underdog candidacy of S…

Hamburg's Senior Community Center opened two years ago on Southwestern Boulevard, and while there's many visitors to the gym, Adult Day Services, workout room, classrooms and dining room, the former Frontier Central Learning Center there gets less use. But visitors can get a look at the whole building at 4540 Southwestern Blvd., and get some discounts on select recreati…

Prospective school board candidates can find out what the job entails before they run for a seat in May. The Erie County Association of School Boards will conduct a free workshop for those thinking of running from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 4 at Erie 1 BOCES, 355 Harlem Road, West Seneca. Topics include information on school boards and the law, the election proces…

Developers interested in building a hotel next to Amherst's Northtown Center ice rink complex had until Friday to reply to the town's request for proposals, and though town officials are not yet saying who responded, The Buffalo News learned that three at least had initial interest: Ellicott Development, The Hamister Group and Uniland Development Co. Hamister Group did …

Two public hearings -- targeting solar energy farms and flag lots -- were approved by Lancaster lawmakers Tuesday night. A six-month moratorium on solar farm development was proposed by Councilmember John Abraham Jr. to review zoning regulations and determine revisions and amendments to the town zoning code. "We're not saying that no solar can be done," Council membe…

State police charged a Chautauqua County man with driving while i\Intoxicated and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Jason Dustin, 44, of the Town of Poland was  pulled over on West Main Street in  the Town of Falconer for a traffic violation and arrested after failing several field sobriety tests, according to state police. Two children, both under 16 …

Crews working to build the new stadium at Williamsville South High School will have to remove nearly twice as much rock from the site as originally thought, because it sits atop an escarpment, district officials said. "Initially, we did a lot of pre-testing, and we had an allowance for rock removal of 2,000 yards," said Thomas Maturski, assistant superintendent for fina…

A train struck a woman late Tuesday night near the foot of Schutrum Street, according to Buffalo police. She was struck just before midnight and taken to Erie County Medical Center where she was undergoing surgery for what were described as serious injuries, police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said in an email. Schutrum Street runs off Broadway just west of Bailey Ave…

LOCKPORT – A woman who repeatedly shoplifted at Walmarts in four counties pleaded guilty Tuesday to her third felony in recent weeks. Her attorney blamed the thefts on drug addiction. Shentelle C. Gagnon, 27, of Hamlin, pleaded guilty before Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to attempted third-degree burglary, and could go to prison for as long as four years…

Ever since he was a boy, Zack Vader has wanted to know why things work the way they do, or why there isn't a better way to do something. Vader, now 24, peppered his father, Scott, a mechanical engineer, with questions, and they hashed out the most interesting answers in a journal they've kept for years. Could there be a restaurant staffed by robots to ensure consi…

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from the father of our country, George Washington, born on this date in 1732, “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.” . . . AFTER HOURS – You won’t need to be quiet from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda. The library will be holding its annual Books and Bordeaux Fundraiser wit…

Volunteer firefighters were dispatched Tuesday to a fire inside the Bon-Ton department store inside the McKinley Mall, according to a dispatcher for Hamburg fire and police. The fire was put out and firefighters have left the scene, she said.

The newest Americans, who come from 26 different countries, are naturalized as U.S. citizens during a ceremony at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site.

A man in his early 20s was fatally struck by gunfire Tuesday evening in the 100 block of Roma Avenue, according to Buffalo police. Northeast District officers responded to the call just before 5:45 p.m.  The victim was declared dead at the scene, police said. The Erie County Medical Examiner responded to the scene shortly before 7:30 p.m. A handful of neighbors looked …

Light sweaters already are replacing winter parkas. Crocuses are peeking out of the ground already. And ski poles are even being swapped for golf clubs in some spots. Late April’s weather is apparently spending winter break in the Buffalo Niagara region this week. High temperatures are forecast in the 50s and 60s through Friday. Although Tuesday’s 59-degre…