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Evans Bancorp wasn't part of KeyCorp's deal for First Niagara Financial Group last year, but it still reaped the benefits, Evans president and CEO David J. Nasca said. Twenty percent of Evans' new business in loans and deposits resulted from market disruption sparked by the Key-First Niagara deal, Nasca said. Overall, Evans generated record-high profits of $8.3 million …

There's nothing like a good draft. Except maybe two. Or 34. In advance of the NFL Draft Thursday night, 34 craft breweries – half from southern Ontario, half from Western New York – joined forces in Niagara Falls on Wednesday to begin the process of making 34 collaborative beers for the first CanAm Craft Beer Festival next year. The Buffalo Niagara Brewers …

The late Buffalo music legend, drummer Ted D. Reinhardt, and his brother, Tom, a bass guitarist, were among a class of eight who were inducted recently into the Kenmore East High School Performing Arts Hall of Fame. Ted Reinhardt died at the age of 62, in a single-engine plane crash in Norfolk, Va., on March 4, 2015, which killed him, the pilot and another man. The Rein…

The owner of the five-story Tent City building in downtown Buffalo has put the historic Main Street building up for sale to try to cash in as downtown's real estate market heats up. Charles Kushner, who also owns the Washington Surplus Center retail business that occupies the ground floor, is seeking $2.5 million for the 122-year-old brick building at 674 Main St., next…

The Village of Williamsville is hosting two community meetings over the next week where residents can discuss a proposed land swap between Natale Development and the village. They are the latest forums on a potential public-private agreement that would clear the way for Natale's planned $30 million development of apartments and townhomes on California Drive and South Lo…

State officials have designated four undeveloped parcels at Orchard Park's Sterling Business Park as "shovel-ready" sites, positioning them to be marketed for quick and easy development for businesses that want to locate there with little delay. The four properties in the medical, business and technology park total 23.9 acres, and have been "prequalified" by Empire Stat…

Sean Wall's Baltic porter beat out 181 other beers to win the best of show in this year's Erie County Fair homebrew competition. The Hamburg resident's beer was deemed the best last week by 24 judges following guidelines of the Beer Judge Certification Program. It is dark brown with ruby highlights in appearance, and filled with plum, dark cherry and raisin aromas. Acco…

The public will get a rare chance to step inside a privately owned castle on an island in Ellicott Creek in Williamsville over three days beginning Thursday. An estate sale began at 9 a.m. in the stone home known alternately as "Cambria Castle" or "Oechsner's Castle." It was built on 1.3 acres of Dream Island beginning in 1917 by a German-born mason named Ignatz Oechsne…

Research has shown that people diagnosed with prediabetes can make lifestyle changes to reduce their chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. To help those at risk, YMCA Buffalo Niagara next week will start its next session of the National Diabetes Prevention Program at four of its branches. “We’ve seen great results with the Diabetes Prevention Program," said Kelly S…

Milling on an 800-foot stretch of William Street east of Transit Road will continue through Friday, according to Lancaster Town Supervisor Johanna Coleman. The roadway – damaged by an Erie County Sewage Department project last summer and fall – must be milled, paved and striped, said Coleman. Traffic will be rerouted around the work area.  

A South Buffalo man was arrested Tuesday on gun and drug possession charges, police said. Buffalo police responded to a call of a man with a gun in a home on the first block of Turner Avenue. They found a loaded handgun, a shotgun and cocaine, according to police. Seth DeAnthony, 44, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fo…

If you're curious about what it takes to become a volunteer firefighter, now's your chance to find out. The RecruitNY Open House Weekend will take place Saturday and Sunday. A total of 26 volunteer fire departments across Erie County are opening their doors to residents as part of a statewide recruitment effort. "Volunteer firefighters are on the front lines of communit…

Buffalonians drink more Labatt beer than in any other city in the United States. So what better place to highlight the brand’s history with a restaurant that gives beer drinkers the chance to influence new Labatt brews? Labatt USA said Wednesday it will open a flagship restaurant and small test brewery called the “John Labatt House” in the Cobblestone District…

Construction is set to begin on the new Western New York Workforce Training Center on Buffalo's East Side, now that the city Planning Board has approved the Buffalo Billion project and the city is set to finalize a "bridge" loan to support it. The Buffalo Urban Development Corp., which owns more than 35 acres of industrial buildings and vacant land in the Northland Corr…