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Get on your marks, shoppers. The big day is almost here. Never before has Black Friday been so scattered and segmented. The official kickoff to the holiday shopping season begins on Thanksgiving at some stores, on Friday in others. Some stores open before dinner, some open after dinner, and some don't open on Thanksgiving at all. Some stores will open on Thanksgiving, c…

Crime

Two brothers are charged for illegal hunting practices earlier this month in Chautauqua County, the DEC announced Wednesday. Environmental Conservation Officers found two brothers standing over a large, newly slain 9-point buck in Charlotte and learned one of the man shot the deer and allegedly tagged it with his brother's archery tag. He admitted that a few days…

An increased amount of traffic enforcement by State Police will continue through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to discourage impaired, distracted, aggressive and reckless driving. Troopers in marked and unmarked vehicles will be more of a presence on highways through Sunday with sobriety checkpoints, underage drinker enforcement and Operation Hang Up enforcement, whi…

State Troopers will be out in force over the Thanksgiving  weekend setting up sobriety checkpoints and additional DWI patrols.  The holiday traffic enforcement period began Wednesday and extends through Sunday. Troopers will be highly visible in an effort to prevent tragedies caused by impaired, distracted, aggressive or reckless driving. Troopers are encou…

If you are a patient or visitor at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, don't expect to park anymore in the Michigan Avenue/Goodrich  Street parking ramp. The MIGO parking garage at 134 High St., with 2,036 spaces, is returning to employee and student parking, said Kari Root Bonaro, spokeswoman for Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Inc. , the nonprofit organizaton that ove…

Columns

For Joe Spina, detailed memory is both a gift and a remedy from all illusions. He was born in 1925, when Babe Ruth was still the greatest sports hero in the land, when a handful of merchants still used horses on the streets of Buffalo and when some elderly immigrants in his neighborhood still saw radio as a form of magic or witchcraft, carrying voices through the air. …

Food + Drink

The Elmwood Village Farmers Market will move indoors for the next eight weeks. The Holiday Market on Bidwell will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through Jan. 13, starting Saturday, at St. John’s Grace Episcopal Church, 51 Colonial Circle, a short walk from the home of the outdoor market at Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway. The winter market had been at S…

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The death of Buffalo police Officer Craig Lehner stunned the city and resonated well beyond. The K-9 officer and member of the department's Underwater Recovery Unit disappeared during a training exercise in the Niagara River on Oct. 13, touching off a frantic five-day search. More than 50 agencies from across the state and Canada sent first responders to help in the sea…

Hamburg

Hamburgh Holidays kicks off with the annual Santa Claus parade at 11 a.m. Nov. 25 down Main and Buffalo streets in Hamburg and culminating with Rock the Roundabout New Year's Eve. Hamburgh Holidays is a series of holiday-themed events and the name of the volunteer community organization that oversees the events. A free children's holiday matinee will be played at 11 …

Erie County

To find the face of overdose drug deaths in Erie County, head to the suburbs and look for white millennials. White men between the ages of 20 and 40 comprise the single largest death demographic – by far – of the more than 1,000 residents who have died of opioid-related drug overdoses in the past five years. Moreover, unlike last year, when the greatest percentage o…

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Financial issues and other problems at Erie Community College have prompted the Middle States Commission on Higher Education to warn that the college's accreditation could be jeopardized if the problems aren't fixed. Middle States issued the warning in a Nov. 17 letter to ECC President Dan Hocoy. The college has a year to fix the problems or risk being placed on probati…

Family

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submission…

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LAKELAND, Minn. – The words above the fireplace appear to be a Bible verse: VELIS ET REMIS 12:1. They are not. The words are Latin, the numbers represent a date, and though the message is not drawn from the Bible, it may as well be. In the life of Karin and Phil Housley, velis et remis has been a biblical philosophy. It’s what drove them to stay together 35 years ag…

Columns

So much to be thankful for. So little thanks. You’d think that with a $4,000 – or more! – annual pay hike right around the corner, Western New Yorkers would be giddy with gratitude and already spending the money. The promised windfall will come from the GOP’s tax reform effort, which will lower the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent, thereby spurri…

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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Indian guru Sathya Sai Baba, born on this date in 1926, “Man’s many desires are like the small metal coins he carries about in his pocket. The more he has, the more they weigh him down.” . . . TIMELY TOPIC – “Presidents and the Press” is the theme of a panel discussion at 6 p.m. next Wednesday in the Buffalo History Museum, One Muse…

A Chautauqua County woman who was walking her dogs in a field in the town of Sherman was fatally shot Wednesday by a man who told authorities he was hunting deer. Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies and Sherman Fire Department responded to a report of an accidental shooting at 5:24 p.m. in the area of 2998 Armenian Road in the town. Rosemary A. Billquist, 43, of Sherm…