Seneca Falls may be the birthplace of the women's suffrage movement, but the rural Finger Lakes village of 6,681 people has made other notable history. At the end of 2011, it became one of the biggest of more than 50 New York villages to dissolve since 1900. Four years later and 20 miles down the road, residents of Lyons, the county seat of Wayne County, found themse…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English-Canadian poet Robert W. Service, born on this date in 1874, “It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” . . . Oh ... Christmas tree... How brown you grow ... Shedding your needles On my stocking’s toes ... I know we must soon part All that glitters must go, Back in the box silv…

A half-century after Martin Luther King Jr. spoke before a crowd of students in Kleinhans Music Hall, the same room echoed Sunday with the sounds of a diverse high school concert band. "During the time that Martin Luther King marched, ministered and tried to effect change in our nation, you would not have had an interracial band like we had there today," said Bryan Pu…

A Buffalo man who was pulled over for a traffic stop by City of Tonawanda Police early Saturday faces charges related to a gun allegedly found in the vehicle. Police said Joseph M. Cole, 35, of Hawley Street was stopped for speeding on Main Street in Tonawanda about 4:45 a.m. Police said a handgun was spotted in the rear seating area of the car, and a further check by o…

A West Valley man was charged with felony driving while intoxicated Saturday night in Cattaraugus County. New York State Police pulled over Randall M. Thompson, 60, for a vehicle and traffic law violation at about 9:30 p.m. on State Route 16 in the Town of Farmersville. Troopers said they subsequently determined Thompson was under the influence of alcohol, and he was ta…

An Ontario woman was charged with driving while intoxicated on Saturday in the Town of Lancaster. State Police said Renee Obonna, 30, of Brampton, Ont., was observed crossing into oncoming traffic on Genesee Street. She was stopped and failed field sobriety tests, troopers said. Obonna was processed at the State Police station in Clarence and provided a breath sample…

A Buffalo man stopped for speeding on Friday was charged with driving while intoxicated. State Police said Tirson Perez, 45, was stopped on Niagara Street and failed field sobriety tests. State Police said he was taken to the Clarence station and provided a breath sample of 0.14 percent blood alcohol content. Perez was released with a return date in Buffalo City Court. …

A Dollar General store on Buffalo's East Side was reported robbed on Saturday afternoon by two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun. Buffalo Police said two men entered the store, at 230 Holden Ave., south of East Amherst Street, about 1:20 p.m. One of the suspects displayed a silver handgun to two employees and demanded that they open the store's cash register dra…

An Eagle Street resident's car was heavily vandalized late Friday or early Saturday while parked in a lot overnight. Buffalo Police said all of the vehicle's driver side and passenger side windows were smashed, all four tires were slashed, both taillights were cracked, and the body was key-scratched all around.

A Buffalo woman reported she was raped in a van in the Fillmore Avenue-William Street area early Saturday and then thrown out of the vehicle. The woman said that shortly after 2 a.m., a van driven by a man whom she had met earlier at a bar drove up to her near Fillmore Avenue, with three other men inside, Buffalo Police said. The man ordered her to get into the van, and…

A Kenmore woman was charged with trespassing after she was allegedly spotted by a neighbor posting signs on a former employer's property on Wolcott Road in Clarence. State Police in Clarence said Sharon Zientara, 61, of Kenmore was located by Kenmore Police and turned over to State Police in Clarence. She was also charged with petit larceny, after allegedly taking the h…

The City of Buffalo has endured a rash of shootings since the start of the new year. The victim in one of the most recent incidents, a 35-year-man who was shot at a Horton Place home on Saturday afternoon, was in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center on Sunday, according to Buffalo police. The victim, whose name was not released, was shot several times in the…

As a young boy, Hans G. Reif and other youngsters at his school in Stuttgart, Germany, were given a break from class and marched to the city’s central plaza. Standing amid the crowd, the 10-year-old Hans and his schoolmates watched from a distance as Adolf Hitler stood on a balcony and waved. He says he remembers little more than that. But Reif has clear memorie…

It's not unusual to hear gospel music in East Side Baptist churches – the kind of music that will move you to raise your hands and sing along. But hearing that same music coming from a Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra string quartet is a little more out of the ordinary. The BPO Diversity Council wants to change that perception. To that end,  the string quartet performe…