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The 370 books and pamphlets  Eugene Musial collected over his more than nine decades included the first books ever printed and published in Buffalo. Think about that. There aren't memorable, first-edition novels, or biographies of early presidents or adventurers. But the government documents, books and other materials offer a rare glimpse into a nearly lost time - B…

The 370 books and pamphlets  Eugene Musial collected over his more than nine decades included the first books ever printed and published in Buffalo. Think about that. There aren't memorable, first-edition novels, or biographies of early presidents or adventurers. But the government documents, books and other materials offer a rare glimpse into a nearly lost time - B…

Political retaliation is responsible for a court clerk losing her job in the Town of Hamburg, a state Supreme Court judge has ruled. Justice Donna M. Siwek said there is no "credible evidence" that establishes Brigit Reynolds' job was terminated by the Town Board in January 2016 to save money. Reynolds, who was scheduled to make $42,491 as a senior clerk in 2016, conte…

A dozen streets in the Village of Williamsville will be milled and repaved this month, officials said. They are: Two alleyways between Eagle Street and Swan Place; Belmont Place, between Mill and Evans streets; Chalmers Street, between N. Ellicott and Evans streets; Edward Street, between Mill and N. Ellicott streets; Glen Avenue, between North Long an…

Canadian developer Harry Stinson has a signed contract to buy the Adam's Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo. But the hotel's owner cautioned that the deal still has work before the sale closes. Stinson and Visions Hotels Chief Financial Officer Minesh Patel on Friday confirmed the formal agreement, which puts the transaction a step further than when Stinson disclosed in …

An $11 million hotel planned for the Northtown Center faces an uncertain future after the Amherst Planning Board on Thursday night recommended denying the rezoning change required for the project to move forward. The vote was 6-1. The Town Board will make the final decision on the zoning change, and it can overrule the opinion of the Planning Board. But several membe…

Hammers will be thrown and cabers tossed during the Buffalo Heavies Highland Games, a highlight of this weekend's 33rd annual Buffalo Niagara Scottish Festival. The festival opens at 10 a.m. both days at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755, Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst. Other highlights includes entertainment by Red Hot Celtic Night, fiddler Mari Black, piper Cra…

A 21-year-old Buffalo man has pleaded guilty to vehicular assault for his role in a two-vehicle T-bone crash in the Town of Tonawanda that caused a traumatic brain injury to a passenger in another vehicle, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Maxamillion Hernandez also pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired by a drug. Hernandez, while i…

Help-wanted ads from one of the largest carnival operators on the East Coast failed to get a single call back for full-time jobs this year. Fortunately for Strates Shows, Jose Melendez and other Mexican workers can be counted on. The Mexicans make up about half of the full-time Strates Shows workers who set up and operate the rides. Most hail from either Durango or T…

Would you know what to do for your family and community if disaster strikes? The West Seneca Office of Disaster Preparedness is offering a free training course, Community Emergency Response Training, or CERT, starting Sept. 12.  The course, which includes disaster simulation, will train attendees in fire safety, basic first aid, disaster preparedness, incident command,…

Debbie Lamby Jenkins was 11 years old in 1969 when her family got the news that her older brother, Chuck, a sergeant in the Army fighting in Vietnam, was missing in action. Two weeks later, she thought for a moment her brother had returned home. "My mom was taking a bath and I was in the living room of our house. I saw two uniforms get out of a car," she said. "I got…

Western New York Federal Credit Union on Union Road in West Seneca is the latest organization to erect a "Combat Wounded Designated Parking" sign. State Assemblyman Mickey Kearns, D-Buffalo, is encouraging businesses and municipalities to sign up for a "Combat Wounded Designated Parking" sign through the Wounded Warrior Family Support organization, and become part of t…

An Uber driver was robbed in Allentown early Friday morning, according to a Buffalo police report. The 39-year-old victim told police he picked up a passenger on Allen Street, just west of Elmwood Avenue, at about 3 a.m., according to the report. The passenger then punched the driver in the back of the head and took cash before running south on Elmwood. The victim's …

Music will be in the air – actually, on the porches – in this outdoor celebration of local music at the first Tonawanda City Porchfest from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27. The "Porchfest family" started a decade ago in Ithaca with 20 bands and has grown to 185 performers and spread to 90 cities, including Buffalo's Elmwood Village Porchfest, which hosts 90 performers.…

Dogs will bark and cats will meow once again in the former headquarters of the SPCA Serving Erie County. The Ensminger Road site in the Town of Tonawanda, home to the SPCA for 55 years, this fall will become the second location for Creature Comforts Pet Resort, which offers luxury boarding, day care, grooming and training. Animals there will be pampered in bedrooms…