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Air quality in the Tonawandas has significantly improved over the last eight years as levels of certain pollutants continue to fall, state environmental officials announced Tuesday. The state Department of Environmental Conservation's Tonawanda Air Quality Study ended in mid-2008, but the DEC continues to operate two air quality monitors -- on Grand Island Boulevard and…

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In ski country expect up to 3 feet of snow by late Friday if some of the most persistent snow bands show up. The Southtowns communities of Orchard Park and Hamburg could pick up 5 to 11 inches. But across northern Erie and Niagara counties, forecasts as of Tuesday show a chance for only 2 to 3 inches of snow between Wednesday and Saturday. Lake-effect snow is expe…

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The warmest June 1 to Nov. 30 period in Buffalo's history is officially in the books. Now, about December? It's going to begin looking – and feeling – a lot like Christmas. Especially south of Buffalo. The possibility for snow is in the forecast in Buffalo every day between Tuesday and at least Sunday. Heavy accumulations aren't immediately forecast.…

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This is not a test. If it was a test, the National Weather Service would not be making statements like this: Consider it advance scouting on Old Man Winter's first ambush of the season. The weather service's forecast discussion on Friday stated that since the expected snowfall is still at least a week out and "significant model differences" still exist on fore…

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Green Lake in Orchard Park, which was drained last year for dredging, will be refilled starting next week. "We expect to have the project completed soon and a public ceremony with the closing of the gates will take place at noon on Thursday," Supervisor Patrick Keem said in an announcement on the town's website. Keem said the final concrete pour took place in late Oc…

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Local artist Matthew Crane has always sought to be a standup guy. A freelance painter, Crane has stood up for organized labor, and even met his wife, Megan, at a Labor Day parade. And while many of his peers headed off to college from high school 14 years ago, Crane stood up for his country by joining the Navy, shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. On Sunday, he …

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Local officials on Thursday fanned out across Lackawanna's Bethlehem Park neighborhood, delivering fliers to some of the roughly 345 homes alerting residents how to seek financial help for cleanup costs from last month's fire at the former Bethlehem Steel building. Surface soot and ash spewed from the blaze. Local and state officials Thursday confirmed an announcemen…

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Great Lakes Industrial Development, the property owner of the former Bethlehem Steel building that burned three weeks ago, will pay for some affected residents' cleanup claims and additional analyses of the surface soot and ash that spewed from the blaze, state officials told The Buffalo News. The state confirmed that follow-up testing would also include an analysis for…

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The calendar flips from November to December at midnight. With it, what is projected to go down as the ninth warmest November in the city's history will be just that -- history. And, December will feel much more like... well, like December. Daytime highs, which were in the 50s over the past few days, will return to average in the low 40s through mid next-week, the…

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Owens Falls Sanctuary in Aurora, the latest land in Erie County to be preserved from development, should be open to the public sometime next year. But there are a few things the Western New York Land Conservancy, which acquired the 57-acre parcel earlier this month, needs to do before letting the public walk the trails by two waterfalls and through the beech and hemlock…

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If you enjoy Jack Frost nipping at your nose when you're holiday shopping, odds are you're in luck this year. The weather pattern shaping up for the month of December looks to be a lot closer to normal this year. Temperatures will start December in the 30s and 40s with even some snowflakes expected for its first weekend, forecasts show. Last year brought the warme…

An update of the air quality in Tonawanda will be held Tuesday, Dec. 6 at River Road Fire Company. The state Department of Environmental Conservation will present its latest air monitoring data, info on ongoing air monitoring efforts, interpretations of the data and its implications, according to a news release from Clean Air Coalition, which is organizing the public ev…

For Kenneth and John Kappus, farming has run in the family's blood in Eden since the 19th century. A recent agreement struck between the brothers and the Western New York Land Conservancy – with farmland protection assistance from New York State – assures the family’s agricultural legacy will remain on 312 acres of the farm in perpetuity. The Kappus’ dairy fa…

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The November Storm two years ago seems like a distant memory. This year, like last year, we're basking in the November Warm. Temperatures near 60 degrees will keep the Buffalo Niagara region unseasonably warm Tuesday and Wednesday. The above-average readings should secure November 2016's place in the the area's Top 10 list of warmest Novembers. Heading into Mon…