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Noco Express will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday for the grand opening of its new store in Getzville. The new 6,300-square-foot complex is in the same location where the family-owned business opened its first convenience store in 1984. The new store and gas station, 1555 North French Road at Campbell Boulevard, includes a Tim Hortons and a Subway restaurant.

The Youngmann Memorial Highway bridge at Colvin Boulevard has been renamed the “New York State Trooper Kevin P. Dobson Sr. Memorial Bridge” after the 14-year veteran who was struck and killed by a vehicle in March 2011 during a traffic stop in the area.Legislation memorializing the bridge sponsored by State Sen. Timothy Kennedy and Assemblyman Robin L. Schimminger was …

The races are taking shape for this November’s elections in the Town of Lancaster, where Republicans are fighting an uphill battle to wrest control of the Democratic-controlled board; the Town of Tonawanda, featuring the spirited return of a Republican who nearly won last time; Kenmore, where the battle for trustee appears to be over; and Amherst, where tens of thousands…

More than 70 Western New York restaurants already have signed up for Local Restaurant Week’s fall edition, which runs Oct. 21-27.Now’s the time to get your reservations in for a chance to try $20.13 specials in new places, old favorites worth a revisit, and restaurants that have changed their tune recently.Oliver’s reservation book fills up fast. The Lodge, which aim…

Some call it a powder keg of booze and bad behavior that, every few years in the University Heights district, seems ready to explode.Others say recent problems of drinking and destruction around the University at Buffalo’s South Campus are just a matter of kids being kids.Whatever the case, the situation came to a head Monday night when a dozens of community stakeholders…

Amherst detectives used surveillance video to nab a robbery suspect accused of wielding a knife in a holdup of a 7-Eleven store over the weekend, police officials reported Monday.Authorities say the thief entered the 7-Eleven store at 2550 Millersport Highway at about 11:50 p.m. Saturday, pulled out a knife and demanded money. He fled with a small amount of cash and some c…

State Police at Clarence arrested an Amherst man early Monday morning for felony driving while intoxicated and aggravated DWI, after accusing him of registering a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit.Troopers stopped Michael W. O’Shea, 43, of Robin Road, for changing lanes unsafely and having a suspended registration a few minutes after midnight on M…

Five Erie County companies that have been collecting debt on short-term “payday” loans will pay more than $300,000 in restitution and penalties and will cease making further collections in New York State, under a settlement announced today by the state Attorney General’s Office.“Payday loans trap thousands of New Yorkers in a cycle of debt and prey on vulnerable co…

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Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Ertel of Williamsville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family trip in June to Disney World in Orlando, Fla., followed by a Mass of thanksgiving blessing in Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Clarence, and a family dinner in Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More, Lancaster, in September. Mr. Ertel and Sally Samson were marr…

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As a young boy, Roger Beamer learned printing at his father’s shop, Rapid Printing, on Genesee Street. By the time he entered Burgard High School, he was already well-versed in the finer points of the trade. Finding work as a printer after graduation was easy.But more than ink ran through his veins. Patriotism was in his blood.His great-grandfather, John Beamer, had been…

For the past several years, I have rarely missed an opportunity to point out that the Buffalo Niagara region is in the midst of a period of stunning cultural growth.The amount of art and theater-related activity in and around Buffalo, judging only by the crude measure of Gusto listings, has nearly doubled since 2000. A new theater company or gallery seems to open every few…

AmherstDozens of homeowners off Twilight and Bramblewood lanes in East Amherst will receive improvements to the neighborhood’s stormwater system to help handle flooding and drainage.The Town Board last week agreed to bond $350,000 for installation of a liftstation on Bramblewood to discharge stormwater into nearby Gott Creek. The work should prevent backups in the draina…

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Mr. and Mrs. Radhakrishna “C.R.” Rao of Williamsville celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with an intimate family dinner. Mr. Rao and Bhargavi Naidu were married Sept. 9, 1948, in Chennai, India. He is Eberly Professor emeritus of statistics at Pennsylvania State University and currently a research professor at the University at Buffalo; she is a retired professo…

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Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Colosimo of Williamsville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an intimate family dinner. A trip to Italy is planned. Mr. Colosimo and Camille L. Cappellino were married Sept. 14, 1963, in Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Clarence. He is a hairdresser in the Town of Tonawanda; she is retired from the City of Buffalo. They…

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Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Mols of Williamsville celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with a family gathering. Mr. Mols and Grace M. Jaeger were married Sept. 13, 1943, in Zoar Evangelical and Reformed Church, Buffalo during his three-day pass from the Army Air Forces Band in Washington. D.C. He is professor emeritus in the music department at the University at Buffalo. T…