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Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Chernick of Amherst celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple traveled to Italy, including a villa stay in Tuscany, with their children and grandchildren. Mr. Chernick and Carole Tragash were married Sept. 1, 1963, in the Park Lane. He is a retired psychiatric social worker at VA Medical Center. She is a retired teacher’s aide at Williamsvi…

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Mr. and Mrs. Glenn F. Hurst of Getzville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner in Sean Patrick’s Restaurant, Getzville. Mr. Hurst and Beverley Fish were married Aug. 24, 1963, in Evangelical United Brethren Church, Great Valley. He is professor emeritus of education at Buffalo State College; she is a retired music teacher in Clarence Central School…

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Mr. and Mrs. Richard I. MacVittie Sr. of The Villages, Fla., formerly of Williamsville celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a family dinner in Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More, Lancaster. Mr. MacVittie and Thelma Beiter were married July 10, 1948, in St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Williamsville. He is a retired steamfitter for Local 395. She is retired from the …

An Amherst man was among three people killed Friday afternoon in a head-on collision on Interstate 79 in Mercer County, Pa.Robert J. Neubert II, 62, of Amherst reportedly lost control of his southbound car around 5:43 p.m. in Deer Creek Township, according to Pennsylvania state police, and for reasons unknown crossed into oncoming traffic. His car struck another car drivin…

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Jan. 15, 1925 – Sept. 3, 2013Charles F. Knaus, of Williamsville, a trucker and a prisoner of war during World War II, died Tuesday in St. John the Baptist Hospice House after a short illness. He was 88.Born in Buffalo, he attended school in West Seneca and began working as a boy with his father and uncle, who trucked produce to New York City.He enlisted in the Army in 1943…

Elections for town justice are supposed to be civil, respectful and somewhat ... judicial.Not so in Amherst this year, as the race for the top legal post outside Buffalo is heating up into an all-out political war.Democrats say Republican Town Council Member Barbara S. Nuchereno lacks the experience to be a judge, especially since she failed to even register with the state…

A would-be robber was arrested in Williamsville Wednesday night after a run-in with Town of Amherst police officers during which he reportedly brandished a metal stapler as a weapon.Jason Wightman, 34, of Williamsville was charged with attempted robbery, burglary, and obstruction for trying – and failing – to steal cash from a Williamsville gas station while the station at…

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In 1983, Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein’s musical “La Cage aux Folles” became a surprise hit when it opened on Broadway. The show, which critic Frank Rich called “the first Broadway musical ever to give center stage to a homosexual love affair,” emerged at a time when the American public was beginning to shed its entrenched prejudices against gay men and drag. And thoug…

AmherstRoad paving will begin this week on North Union and North Forest Roads, the state Department of Transportation announced.Lanes in both directions will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday on Union between Main Street and Sheridan Drive.Flaggers will alternate the use of one lane in the work zone and motorists should expect delays, officials said.…

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Mr. and Mrs. Wesley C. Starkweather of Amherst celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family gathering and a trip to Toronto. Mr. Starkweather and the former Joy A. Kesler were married Aug. 29, 1953, in Free Methodist Church, Watertown. He is a retired high school principal and assistant superintendent in the Maryvale School District. She is a receptionist at Sch…

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Crista Botticello was voted the student with the “Most School Spirit” when she graduated from Iroquois High School in 2009. She would go on to study education at SUNY Buffalo State before she opened Ooo la la boutique at 663 Main St. in East Aurora.Her mobile boutique is a recent addition. Painted bright pink, the former delivery truck rolls up to local fashion and music e…

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The data center that M&T Bank Corp. is moving into was built to ward off failure - and to handle much more growth.The Amherst complex is served by power lines that connect to two separate National Grid substations. If both external power sources are disrupted, hulking on-site generators take over. The structure is sturdy enough to withstand most tornadoes and earthquakes.D…

As if running a candy store wasn’t enough to get the neighbors envious, Gayle Hardick has been cooking pans full of bacon in her Village Sweet Shop (1 Buffalo St., Hamburg).“When I make bacon in my store, everybody smells it and comes over wanting breakfast,” Hardick said. Turns out she’s got a plan for all that bacon, though: the Beer & Bacon Fest, set for noon to 6 p.m. …

As if running a candy store wasn’t enough to get the neighbors envious, Gayle Hardick has been cooking pans full of bacon in her Village Sweet Shop (1 Buffalo St., Hamburg).“When I make bacon in my store, everybody smells it and comes over wanting breakfast,” Hardick said. Turns out she’s got a plan for all that bacon, though: the Beer & Bacon Fest, set for noon to 6 p.m. …

With the official opening of the 2013-14 theater season just weeks away, several companies have firmed up their production schedules.The New Phoenix Theatre will open the season with the comedy “Venus in Fur” on Sept. 13, which runs through Oct. 5. Next up is “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds,” Paul Zindel’s Pulitzer-winning play about a dysfunctional …