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What happened Monday night in Williamsville looked nothing like your typical government meeting.Board members sat on picnic tables, their knees crunched up to their chests like 10-year-olds sitting on a log.Village residents stood a few feet in front of them, addressing the board at eye level and not as if they were looking up at a supreme being.And the entire thing happen…

The second annual Beer and Bacon Festival to benefit the Breast Cancer Network of Western New York Inc. will bring bacon creations, craft beers and live music to Island Park, Williamsville, from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 31.The beer tasting will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Beer tickets, which include 20 tastings and a souvenir glass, will be $30 advance online at www.beerbaconfest.com o…

Paving projects will begin squeezing traffic today on two major routes in the Northtowns – Delaware Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda from Sheridan Drive to the Tonawanda City Line and Millersport Highway in Amherst in the vicinity of the I-990 interchange and the corner of North French Road.The state Department of Transportation reports that lanes will be closed on Delawa…

JAMESTOWN – The national champion of the North American Scottish Games Association is a Jamestown resident, and he will be showing off his skills with rocks and other competition tools Saturday at the Scottish Highlands Festival in Amherst.Nick Kahanic, 27, of Jamestown, is looking forward to the event. He recently earned the North American title and said he enjoys shari…

The second annual Memorial Golf Tournament to honor the memory of Army Spc. Blake D. Whipple, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010, and to raise money for veterans, their loved ones and students, is scheduled for next Monday at Park Country Club, Amherst.David and Kim Whipple, Blake’s parents, say their son’s devotion to “loyalty, selfless service and duty…

AmherstThe Village of Williamsville will host a weeklong series of events to encourage residents to “take back Main Street” and to begin making the busy commercial strip more pedestrian-friendly.Dubbed “Picture Main Street Live,” the festival beginning Monday will include a preview of crosswalks and other pedestrian elements under consideration by the state. The cr…

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Sidoni of Williamsville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception for family and friends in the Crystal Room at the Buffalo Club. Mr. Sidoni and Joan Schultz were married Aug. 10, 1963, in St. Mark Catholic Church, Buffalo. He is a former banker and a retired director of Greater Buffalo Savings Bank; she retired from the data processing …

Mr. and Mrs. John M. Dona of Getzville celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a reception for family and friends in their home, some attendees traveling from Europe and across the United States. A trip to Hawaii, the only state they have not visited, is planned for the fall. Mr. Dona and Esther Jahn were married July 12, 1953, in Emanuel Lutheran Church, Charlotte,…

Joe Dash was born into the grocery business. As a child, he lived in an apartment above his father’s first grocery store on Buffalo’s East Side. He and his family were Tops franchisees for 40 years until 2001, when Dash bought two former B-Kwik stores in North Buffalo and Kenmore from his father and turned them into Dash’s Markets, returning to the name his grandmoth…

After submitting plans to make Main Street a more walkable village core, it seems like the perfect time for Williamsville to sit back and hope for the best.Wrong.Not content with waiting for the state Department of Transportation to act, village officials and residents are taking matters into their own hands by painting crosswalks and making some of the hoped-for changes t…

April 8, 1926 – July 30, 2013Myron Hunt, shopping center industry pioneer and founder of Myron M. Hunt Inc., died on July 30 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. He was 87.An early shopping center industry entrepreneur, Mr. Hunt was known for his business integrity and the close relationships he formed with national and regional retailers. He founded his company in 196…

In almost the same circumstances, a second 49-year-old woman was killed Friday morning crossing Niagara Falls Boulevard at Willow Ridge Drive at the Amherst-Town of Tonawanda border, the same spot where another woman was killed two months ago.The two fatalities have prompted a request by police for a meeting with state transportation officials.The Buffalo woman, identified…

East Aurora Garden Club will hold its annual picnic and auction at noon Monday in Hamlin Park, East Aurora....Cheektowaga Garden Club will hold its annual picnic for members from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday in Cheektowaga Town Park, shelter 1. Members are asked to bring a dish to pass and a lawn chair. RSVP to Ruth Diebold.Kenmore Garden Club will hold a tour of five members’ gar…

It’s easier than ever to try your hand – or hands – at piano playing.There’s no need to go to a fancy concert hall. Actually, you don’t even need to be indoors.Senior citizens in Amherst and elsewhere can now tickle the ivories with the wind blowing through their hair, thanks to a creative new project by a Buffalo musician.Called “Pianos in Public Buffalo,” v…

I-Evolve Technology Services has acquired E3 Technologies, a Rochester information technology services firm in a deal that will expand the Amherst company’s presence in the Rochester market.I-Evolve Technology, which is based in Amherst, said the Rochester business initially will be known as E3 Technologies – Powered by I-Evolve, although it eventually will be folded i…