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Emergency management officials in the Town of Lancaster said "it looks worse than it is." But it looked pretty bad. Scajaquada Creek, a stream constantly plagued by sewage overflows during heavy rains, was dyed red Tuesday when rainwater apparently helped mulch dyes from a Walden Avenue company run off into the creek. "We're monitoring the flow of it now," said Ro…

ARCADE - A 43-year-old Buffalo man has died after an ATV accident at a Wyoming County campground, the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office said. Jason Krull was pinned under an ATV for an unknown amount of time Sunday at Mockingbird Campgrounds on Genesee Road, the Sheriff's Office said. A friend found him and called for help. Ambulance personnel who were first to arrive…

If you're curious about what it takes to become a volunteer firefighter, now's your chance to find out. The RecruitNY Open House Weekend will take place Saturday and Sunday. A total of 26 volunteer fire departments across Erie County are opening their doors to residents as part of a statewide recruitment effort. 'Volunteer firefighters are on the front lines of communit…

Michele Gawronski tried the traditional route to a college degree fresh out of Hamburg High School 28 years ago. It didn't work. She's trying again now. The single mother of two teenage daughters takes night classes while working two jobs to make ends meet. As a state income taxpayer, Gawronski will help fund recently adopted enhancements to financial aid programs in…

Ukraine has been engaged in a war to defend its borders for the past three years, leading to the deaths of more than 10,000 volunteers, soldiers and civilians and creating an estimated 2 million internal refugees. A benefit concert illustrating Ukraine's fight for freedom, dignity and  independence will be held Saturday night in Buffalo. The Ukrainian American Civi…

The U.S. Surgeon General and other health and wellness leaders hope you'll consider burning off 90 to 120 calories during lunchtime today – by walking. Today is National Walk at Lunch Day, when all Americans who are able are encouraged to take a 30-minute walk. “Walking is the grand slam of physical activities,” said Philip L. Haberstro, executive director of …

It's no surprise that Buffalonians drink more Labatt beer than in any other city in the United States. So what better place to highlight the brand's history with its own eatery, while also developing and testing new brews? Labatt USA confirmed Wednesday that it will open a restaurant and small test brewery called the "John Labatt House" in the Cobblestone District, as pa…

Construction is set to begin on the new Western New York Workforce Training Center on Buffalo's East Side, now that the city Planning Board has approved the Buffalo Billion project and the city is set to finalize a "bridge" loan to support it. The Buffalo Urban Development Corp., which owns more than 35 acres of industrial buildings and vacant land in the Northland Corr…

Carol Speser dated a young man in college for three years before they both realized they were homosexual and made a suicide pact.  Her boyfriend died, but Speser lived. She then was subjected to two years of conversion therapy in a mental hospital to try and turn her "straight." Now 68, Speser recalled enduring shock treatments, days of isolated confinement and hea…

Hamburg's Farmers Market will open its 40th season May 6 in the municipal parking lot off Main and Buffalo streets. The market, sponsored by the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, offers established favorites as well as new vendors this year from farms or venues within 40 miles of Hamburg. Live cooking demonstrations by local chefs will be part of the market this year, and li…

YMCA Buffalo Niagara will host its annual Healthy Kids Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in all eight of its Western New York branches. Events are designed to inspire children to stay physically and intellectually active all summer long. The free event, open to the public, includes family fitness classes, healthy snacks, arts and crafts, bounce houses, sports and g…

Middle and high school students can get a flavor of various career options in the medical and research field during an open house May 6 on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The third annual student open house is a half-day event aimed at introducing future career opportunities to area students in grades seven through 12 along with their parents or other adults. The…

The state has released $200 million in aid for a drug manufacturing plant that Athenex intends to build in Dunkirk, and the company is prepared to hire a construction and engineering manager for the massive project. Those are the most concrete signs of progress yet for the long-delayed project viewed as a potential economic engine for northern Chautauqua County. New …

Volunteers can help clear the way for the spring flowers on Saturday at the seventh annual Kenmore Village Improvement Society's "Big Kenmore Clean Up," which starts at 9 a.m. at the Village Green at Delaware Road and Delaware Avenue. Participants are asked to bring brooms, rakes, garden tools and gloves. Trash bags and disposable gloves will be provided. Student volunt…

By Holly R. Layer – Contributing Writer How’s everyone doing on their April "No Added Sugar Challenge?" I was pleasantly surprised to hear how many of my friends planned to join me in avoiding added sugars, or a similar "get healthy" undertaking. Between Facebook and those I ran into around town, we have a small crew of people interested in improving their health…

The Grand Island Foundation, which has recognized distinguished alumni of Grand Island High School since 2007, is seeking nominations for the spring 2018 induction ceremony. Nominees must have graduated from Grand Island Senior High School, demonstrated excellence in his or her chosen field or profession and provided outstanding service to the community, profession or c…