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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…

The running of the 122nd Annual YMCA Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning means that Delaware Avenue will be closed between Hertel and Kenmore avenues beginning at 8 a.m., Buffalo Police remind drivers. The race is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. at Delaware Avenue and Shoreham Parkway, with runners going south on Delaware Avenue through Niagara Square to Church Street. The…

Obituaries

March 22, 1958 — Nov. 17, 2017 Michael T. Miskell was always proud and thankful about how far he had come, from BOCES student in high school through community college to a seat at business meetings alongside MBAs and Ph.Ds for a division of a Fortune 500 company. The Cheektowaga native, who started his career as an electrician at Dunlop Tire, rose to senior directo…

Amherst

The 30,000 motorists who travel daily on Maple Road in Amherst should notice a much smoother ride along a previously bumpy one-mile stretch. Work to repave Maple between North Forest and Hopkins roads is finished after five weeks of obstructed traffic, said Charlie Sickler, Erie County's deputy commissioner of highways. Only simple manhole adjustments are left to do n…

Dec. 8, 1945 – Nov. 19, 2017 Peter James Sharp, a Lockport businessman and former commodore of the Olcott Yacht Club, died Sunday in Niagara Hospice, Lockport, after a brief illness. He was 71. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Mr. Sharp came to the United States in 1952 with his family and was a 1963 graduate of Lockport High School. Skilled with tools, Mr. Sharp work…

Amherst

After nearly two years of uncertainty, Weinberg Campus agreed Wednesday to sell the majority of its main nursing home and senior care campus in Amherst to Post-Acute Partners, the operators of Elderwood. The two companies earlier in the day signed a formal sale agreement. Post-Acute will take over and continue to operate the Weinberg facilities as part of its Elderwood …

Plans for an apartment complex on North French Road in Amherst can move forward now that a judge has ruled in a case that pitted two government boards against each other. The Amherst Town Board in March rejected a request to rezone 4400 N. French Road, mainly due to concerns that the location is within the town’s flood plain. The Green Organization had planned to co…

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Call it White Friday at Holiday Valley. The Ellicottville ski resort announced Wednesday that it will open slopes for the first time this season at 9 a.m. Friday. Snowmaking operations, and cold weather, worked together to help the resort make snow over 80 acres at the resort over the last two weeks. Grooming crews have since "frosted the cake" and spread the snow…

Business

A one-acre lot across the Niagara River from Goat Island has become the first acquisition under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's plan to buy vacant properties in Niagara Falls and open them to redevelopment. USA Niagara Development Corp. intends to seek proposals from developers and does not plan to hold onto the lot at 305 Buffalo Ave. for more than two years. USA Niagara, th…

Crime

The 17-year-old Buffalo girl accused of murdering her step-grandfather had been planning to kill him for weeks because he was physically abusing her, according to the mother of her co-defendant. Johanna Jirdon told The Buffalo News on Wednesday her son, Romaine Jirdon, 19, told her that his girlfriend Alexandria Heath came up with the idea to kill Thomas Heath but now s…

Erie County Board of Elections officials have declared incumbent Timothy B. Howard the official winner of the election for sheriff following a count of outstanding absentee ballots. Board spokesman Mario Alaimo said the absentee ballot count that caused Democratic challenger Bernard A. Tolbert to delay an official concession resulted in a net increase of about 300 vote…

Town of Tonawanda

The Kenmore Village Improvement Society recognized 8-year-old  village resident Luca Sanfilippo on Monday with its monthly Good Neighbor Award for his efforts to light up his neighborhood with a smile and a free glass of lemonade. Luca's mother, Nicole Lamantia, said her son told her in September he wanted to open up a stand and hand out free lemonade just to make peop…

Business

If you think your apartment rent is gobbling up a lot of your income in Buffalo, you aren't just crying foul. According to a unique new report by Apartment List, an online national rental marketplace, the median rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Buffalo - $890 per month - is roughly equivalent to what you'd spend on 14.3 Thanksgiving dinners. The firm's new Turkey …

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The Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission in Niagara Falls will deliver about 1,800 Thanksgiving meals to needy Niagara Falls residents and migrant farm workers in Niagara County. Wednesday is the final day to sign up for a turkey dinner by calling 253-1463 until 5 p.m. This is the seventh year for the church's "Feed the Falls" effort, funded by partnering churches and priva…

Registration is open for the Amherst Skating Club's 10-week "Learn to Skate" program. Sessions begin Jan. 9 at the Northtown Center, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive, with classes geared toward ages three and older, regardless of level of experience. Professional coaches work with students to learn basic skating skills, refine skills they already have or learn more advanced sk…

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After the hoopla of Black Friday, local businesses want shoppers to stop in and the City of Tonawanda will be making it easy to shop local on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25. Where else can you shop for a snake, browse for antique books, stop for a drink, meet a favorite pro wrestler and then watch some boxing? ExoticCreations, a reptile and amphibian shop, opened i…