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Amherst for years was known as the town that rarely said no to development. The town saw explosive growth in office parks, hotels and housing subdivisions in recent decades, particularly in the years after the opening of the University at Buffalo North Campus, and during and after Jack Sharpe's tenure as town supervisor from 1976 to 1990. But this year, the Town Boar…

At one point during this busy concert season, Lancaster's Carnival Kids Steel Orchestra performed 12 shows in 12 days, said longtime music teacher Ken Kowalski. The orchestra, an extra-curricular organization for Lancaster middle and high school students, is heading for one of its biggest performances of the summer. "Seniors Send-Off" will bid farewell to band m…

Four Williamsville properties are under consideration for local landmark status, including a warehouse that village officials want to remake as a brewery. The village's Historic Preservation Commission has recommended the designation for the building at 34-42 W. Spring St., which is being eyed by village officials as the future home of a microbrewery, as well as a food …

A new project under construction in Lancaster will feature a rare dual-branded hotel operation, with two different Hilton brands side-by-side under the same roof when it opens next year. The four-story facility under development by Emerald Hospitality Associates Inc. will include both a Home2 Suites and a Tru by Hilton, with a total of 165 rooms. Dubbed the H…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to moral and social philosopher Eric Hoffer, “The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.” . . . COMING CLEAN – “Germs Are Gross” is the theme for this week’s edition of EPIC Storytime at Canalside in downtown Buffalo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. Special guest will be local magician Paul Anto…

Arlene Weckel of East and West Road in West Seneca said she's tired of hearing the crack of a bat, and wondering if a baseball from Firemen's Park across the street will be crashing through a window of her house. "Why was it built too close to the street?" she asked the Town Board on Monday, displaying two of the three balls that have landed on the shoulder of the road …

Usually a nuisance call to the Buffalo Police involving children playing in the street ends with the children being sent home. But a series of videos, posted by Tasha Fields on Facebook, shattered any preconceived notions about what may happen when police show up on the scene. Now, the videos are going viral — with over 1,000 shares since July 19. The videos e…

West Seneca School Board members will be checking to see if Erie 1 BOCES Superintendent Lynn M. Fusco can head up a search for a new superintendent. "If we go through her for the superintendent search, it's free," Board Member Mary Busse said. Board members agreed during a work session Monday that the search has to get underway as soon as possible. School Leadersh…

BERRYVILLE, Va. — Congressional Democrats Monday began outlining a new agenda for the Trump era, and it showed the nation's most powerful Democrat — Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer — embracing progressive economics first and foremost over the middle-of-the-road appeals he once favored. A decade after writing a book in which Schumer suggested that Democra…

The legal battle between millionaire law partners Ross M. Cellino Jr. and Stephen E. Barnes took a nasty turn on Monday as Barnes accused his estranged partner of "reprehensible conduct," including efforts to steal lawyers from the Cellino & Barnes firm to begin a new law firm. Barnes accused Cellino of causing "significant harm" to Cellino & Barnes by publicly …

A hearing on a proposed rate hike by National Grid that would increase residential delivery charges by 17.5 percent will be held on Aug. 1 at the Central Library. The hearing, conducted by the state Public Service Commission, will be split into two sessions. An afternoon session, with an information session at 2 p.m. and then public comments at 3 p.m., will be followed …

“The Gathering of the Drums: Indigenous Drum Festival,” a free event, is planned for 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 29 at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. Performers include Frankie McNaughton, Carl Jamieson, the African American Cultural Center, Monte Jones, Strong Water Women, SlyBoots’ Mohamed Diaby and his ensemble, Manding Foli…

Jamil T. Alhorebi pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court Monday to an indictment accusing him of robbing a Town of Lockport gas station at knifepoint Oct. 1. Alhorebi, 31, of Lakeview Drive, Somerset, is charged with first-degree robbery and fourth-degree weapons possession in the crime at the Sunoco station at South Transit and Robinson roads. Assistant District…

Tips to the Crimestoppers tipline led to the arrest of a Buffalo man in the July 14 armed robbery of a Grand Island gas station, Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said Monday. Michael Church, 39, was arrested July 21 on charges of first-degree robbery, a felony and misdemeanor menacing and petit larceny counts. A little after 10 p.m. July 14, Crimestoppers report…

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter beamed pictures back to Earth last month showing an image that looks a lot like the waterfalls in the Cataract City. But here's the difference: Instead of water, it's a flow of molten lava. NASA named the image the "Niagara Falls of Mars." The three-dimensional image taken from the orbiter's camera shows the rim of a crater abou…