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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…

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 kick off with the annual Santa Claus parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, 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 play…

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…

Jeanne Leccese, who was named the executive director of the Niagara River Greenway Commission in September 2016, resigned from her post at a commission meeting on Tuesday. Leccese left to join the staff at Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper. The nonprofit is dedicated to protection of the Niagara watershed, which is one of Leccese's passions, said Lou Paonessa, a commission bo…

Two Buffalo drug dealers face a maximum of life sentences after being convicted by a federal jury Wednesday on drug and weapons charges. Isiah Pierce, 34, and Larry Willis, 32, both were found guilty of possessing crack cocaine with intent to distribute, maintaining a drug involved premises, possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking activities, and being fe…

An off-duty Lancaster police officer and a Chautauqua County man are being credited with rescuing a 67-year-old Mayville man from his burning residence. Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace said the actions of two men saved the man's life. Gerace said the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office 911 center received a call from Shaun Dimino Sunday evening reporting…

Buffalo

Kim Meissner was in the central office of Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy about three weeks ago when the secretary told her that six new students from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico had enrolled at the school that day. Eight students from Puerto Rico arrived at the school on Monday, then seven each on Tuesday and Wednesday. The week before that, 20 kids from Puerto Rico…

Crime

The names of the two men charged with manufacturing methamphetamine in South Buffalo have been released by Buffalo Police. Justin Zamito, 19, and Jesse Smith, 23, were arrested after police discovered the suspected meth lab in a house on Macamley Street on Monday night. The house had to be evacuated and members of the Buffalo Fire Department's hazmat team cleared th…