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The Audubon Library in Amherst, the second-busiest library in the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library system, may be getting bigger.Amherst officials are discussing an expansion to the popular branch at 350 John James Audubon Parkway.“We’re looking at expanding the library by 5,000 square feet, with a new children’s center and community meeting rooms,” said Amherst Superv…

A two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon on North Forest Road in Amherst sent two people to Erie County Medical Center for evaluation of their injuries.Judith A. Wilson, 69, and her passenger, Nancy F. Wilson, 71, both of Williamsville, were extracted from their vehicle by firefighters from the Snyder Fire Company, Amherst police said.It was not clear whether the victims wer…

A 20-year-old man with no known permanent address was arrested Wednesday by Amherst police detectives on Parkhaven Drive near a house that he is accused of burglarizing on Tuesday. Andrew Lester is charged with felony burglary and grand larceny for allegedly breaking into the house in the town’s Willow Ridge section and stealing money and jewelry late Tuesday. Det. Lt. Ric…

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It would be difficult to think of a less enticing title for a play than “Body Awareness,” the slight but thrilling one-act by Annie Baker now running in a Jewish Repertory Theatre production in Getzville.The synopsis doesn’t help much, either:“It’s ‘Body Awareness’ week on a Vermont college campus and Phyllis, the organizer, and her partner, Joyce, are hosting one of the g…

HandleBar, a restaurant offering rustic fare and craft beer in a bicycle-centric atmosphere, is planned for The HUB development on Swan Street.The building it’s in will hold a mix of apartments and bicycle-friendly retail. That includes a 35-seat restaurant with a full bar on the first floor, at 149 Swan St. It’ll be run by Sarah Schneider, an owner of Merge, and Evan Thom…

The Town of Amherst has stopped sending sewage sludge to the Quasar Energy Group’s controversial digestion plant in Wheatfield.Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein said that the issue of whether the plant’s byproducts are safe to be spread on farm fields as fertilizer, which has roiled several Niagara County towns, played a role in the town’s decision.Also, Pendleton Town Attorne…

The Town of Amherst may be in the market for a purchasing director, if some of its neighbors want to share the position.Amherst is throwing out the idea to the towns of Cheektowaga, Tonawanda and Clarence, in hopes it may result in some cost savings for the municipalities.“I would be agreeable to it if we can get additional expertise for one day a week at minimal cost,” sa…

Plans for 55 apartments just outside the Village of Williamsville were back on the table Monday, but the outcome was much different than the last time around.The Amherst Town Board on Monday rezoned four acres just south of Linwood Avenue, between South Forest and South Union roads, paving the way for four two-story buildings with 44 apartments and two single-story structu…

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Warren J. Eberhardt, 88Hometown: West SenecaResidence: AmherstBranch: ArmyWar zone: EuropeYears of service: 1944-45Rank: Private first classMost prominent honors: Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge, European-African-Middle East Service MedalSpecialty: Lead scout, infantryBy Lou MichelNews Staff ReporterEven now, some seven decades later, the first thing Warren J. Eberh…

AmherstLet’s have a round of applause for Williamsville South High School.South’s 106-member Wind Symphony, under the direction of Marni Conte, and the 42 students of the Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Matthew S. Cool, took first place in an April 25 music competition at Harper College in Chicago.The groups were among 13 schools from the U.S. and Canada, and placed …

July 14, 1919 – May 6, 2014Ferdinand J. Ciccarelli of Amherst, a Buffalo attorney for more than 50 years and a World War II Army veteran, died Tuesday in Mercy Hospital after a short illness. He was 94.Born in Buffalo, Mr. Ciccarelli was a lifelong resident of the Buffalo area. He was in the U.S. Army, where he achieved the rank of master sergeant. He graduated from Canisi…

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Everyone who knows Mindy Sauer – through Blue 4 Ben, or Ben’s Facebook page or from her heartbreaking blog posts on “Pray for Ben Sauer” – will be thinking of her this Mother’s Day.And like moms everywhere, Mindy Sauer will be thinking of her children: 2-year-old Megan, the baby girl she is expecting in the fall, and her twin preschoolers, Jack and Ben. She can be forgiven…

Dr. Timothy J. O’Keefe, an Amherst oral surgeon, who used to be employed by the state prison system, was arrested by State Police Friday on a 41-count indictment for allegedly bilking the state out of more than $14,000 for dental work he never performed on state prison inmates several years ago.O’Keefe, who was fired by the State Department of Corrections and Community Sup…

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Paul Blarr sold diamonds and other jewelry to customers at his Williamsville store for 20 years. Some of his customers became family friends.But the 47-year-old businessman admitted Friday that he schemed to defraud at least 89 customers out of $630,000 over a 16-year period from 1998 to this March by selling them fake diamonds and other counterfeit jewelry.He pleaded guil…

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National Fuel’s top executive, in the company’s first response to a major shareholder’s suggestion that the company split its utility business from its pipeline and drilling operations, defended the Amherst energy company’s current makeup but indicated that he is open to new ideas about its structure.The comments of Ronald J. Tanski, National Fuel’s president and chief exe…