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It’s been a frustrating summer for those who want to swim at Woodlawn State Park. Erie County health officials banned swimming 38 out of 56 days because their forecast models predicted poor water quality. What’s more annoying? On at least 22 of those days, the water turned out better than forecast and was safe for swimming. “Something’s happening and all of u…

WASHINGTON -- Major portions of the Senate Republican health bill -- including Rep. Chris Collins' effort to reduce county property taxes -- likely will end up on the cutting room floor, thanks to a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian. The parliamentarian -- in essence, the umpire who decides whether provisions of Senate legislation are fair or foul -- ruled that major…

After nearly a dozen incidents involving boats and jet skis near the New York Power Authority intake valves in less than two months, the New York State Park Police are  warning these operators that they could face federal charges for operating in a restricted zone. Despite  warning buoys and signage that operators are in a federally restricted exclusionary zone, boate…

Residents of Oakgrove Drive in Williamsville in late May called for parking restrictions on their street after an estate sale drew thousands of antiques hunters and curiosity seekers to a privately owned castle on an island in Ellicott Creek. A public hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 24 in Village Hall on a proposal to ban parking on the east and north sid…

Vincent K. Smith Jr. of Niagara Falls has pleaded guilty to two felonies for a drive-by shooting and a gunfight in which a man was shot in the face, In return for the guilty pleas, Smith drew a promise of an eight-year prison term. Smith, 21, admitted to two counts of attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Smith was involved in gunfire outside…

James P. Kennedy Jr. in February pointed to his lack of political friends and allies, Republican or Democrat, to suggest his chances of becoming the top federal prosecutor in Buffalo were, at best, a long shot. Five moths later, Kennedy's reputation as an independent, career prosecutor is being viewed as a plus, not a negative, and the primary reason why President Trump…

The owners of the Fox Creek Estates senior apartments in East Amherst plan to build a mixed-used development of apartments, office and retail space next to their Transit Road property. Two, three-story buildings are proposed at 9540 Transit Road, north of Casey Road. The same partners behind the 9540 Transit site own the townhomes just to the south at 9512 Transit and t…

Twelve alumni have been named to the Williamsville Central School District's Wall of Fame. From Williamsville South: Bridget E. Niland, '90, Daemen College's director of athletics and special assistant to the president; Mark P. Pitirri, '85, Amherst police detective; Lindsay Anne Shookus, '98, Emmy award-winning "Saturday Night Live" producer; and Ronald S. Shubert, '70…

WASHINGTON -- A day after Rep. Chris Collins was heard off the House floor discussing the possible sale of  an Australian biotech stock, the company issued a news released further  confirming its experimental treatment for multiple sclerosis had failed in clinical trials. Collins' conversation and the  strongly worded news release from Innate Immunotherapeutics promp…

Amherst's newest playground is ready for action. A formal dedication of the Billy Wilson Playground begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3 in the park that also bears the name of the Army staff sergeant killed in Afghanistan in 2012. Over 200 volunteers built the playground over several days in early June. Many of them knew William R. “Billy” Wilson III, who grew…

A night of mighty power pop born in the 1970s, songs that launched millions of proms, weddings, and general shenanigans, happened Friday night at Darien Lake amphitheater. The line-up of classic rock and roll – and seasoned bravado – featured Foreigner as headliners, Cheap Trick in the middle slot, and Jason Bonham Led Zeppelin Experience as openers. Despite a si…

A Marilla man was pronounced dead at the scene of a car accident near 7577 Route 20 in the Town of Pavilion on Friday around 3 p.m., according to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office. Gregory A. Walters, 29, was driving eastbound on Route 20 in a 2003 Buick Rendezvous when he rolled off the north shoulder of the road and hit a tree, according to the Sheriff's Office. …

An Attica Correctional Facility inmate has been charged with attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and promoting prison contraband in an April 22 assault on a fellow inmate, State Police said Friday. Dominick F. Coffer, 21, was charged Wednesday in the attack with an "edged weapon," according to State Police. The victim sustained several stab wo…

A Silver Alert was issued Friday by authorities for Harold Roberts, 79, who was last seen near Parker Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office in a release. Roberts is described as a black male, 6 feet 1 inches tall and 130 pounds, with gray hair and hazel eyes, according to the Sheriff's Office. He was wearing a baseball cap, gr…

Wintertime – especially the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays – tends to be a time when Western New Yorkers are most apt to turn their attention to helping support the Food Bank of Western New York. Those at Congregation Shir Shalom and Calvary Episcopal Church in  Amherst understand, however, that summertime can be a heavier burden for families that include childre…