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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’ garde…

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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,” volunteers from…

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 into …

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Aug. 5, 1930 – Aug. 6, 2013Joyce Elaine Vana, Ph.D., a research scientist and public health official, died Tuesday in her Williamsville home under hospice care after a long illness. She had just turned 83.Born in Little Falls, Minn., she was the daughter of Dr. Herman E. Hilleboe, New York State commissioner of health from 1946 to 1962. She was a 1952 graduate of Barnard C…

The State Insurance Fund at long last will pay out $31 million over a 2002 construction accident in Amherst. The News’ Charlie Specht clarifies how the money will be divided.

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Barbara Blackburn’s first kitchen experiments were straight out of the book. Her Betty Crocker cookbook had all the directions a Cheektowaga girl needed to turn Bisquick into a “pizza” topped with shreds of cold cuts and sliced onions.Her blue-collar parents – father at Chevrolet Aviation, mom a bookkeeper at Millard Fillmore – encouraged her. “My parents always liked what…

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Amherst officials aren’t sure why the State Insurance Fund, after five years of court battles, finally decided to settle a long and costly legal dispute over a 2002 accident in Amherst State Park.But whatever the reason, they were happy Tuesday to announce millions will soon flow into the town’s coffers as a result of the deal.“It will clean up our balance sheet,” Supervis…

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More than a year after a 13-year-old girl was killed crossing Maple Road, Amherst officials agreed Monday to study whether the busy stretch warrants a crosswalk.Town Board members approved the hiring of an outside consultant to study the idea of installing a crosswalk or pedestrian signal at Maple and Culpepper Road.The town will spend $13,900 to hire Nussbaumer & Clarke I…

Duncan Badding, the Williamsville man accused of owning materials used to make pipe bombs, pleaded guilty Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie G. Foschio to knowingly making a destructive device.Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel L. Violanti said Badding admitted owning numerous chemicals, as well as detonation fuses and PVC piping, as part of a plea deal with the governme…

A row of hollowed-out televisions, rescued from curbs and garbage heaps around Western New York, lines one wall of the University at Buffalo Art Gallery in Amherst.The insides of the TVs have been stripped and replaced with pieces of painted cardboard or construction paper scrawled with ink, unidentifiable bits of detritus, abstract drawings and, in one instance, a flashin…

AmherstThe 25th annual Taste of Williamsville will be held Sunday from noon to 9 p.m. in Island Park, behind Village Hall, 5565 Main St.The festival will include food and drinks from more than 20 local restaurants.Also this week:• The Amherst Town Board will hold its regular meeting at 3 p.m. Monday in the council chambers of the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., …

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Loren Smith is executive director of Buffalo Audubon Society, but birds weren’t always his business.As a child he recalled digging for fossils along the banks of Eighteen Mile Creek. The experience, Smith said, was a big reason the Amherst native became a paleontologist. After attending Calasanctius School, Smith studied geology at the University of Chicago and spent five …

A man who followed a woman from a tanning salon to her Eggertsville home Thursday evening attempted to grab her as she got out of her car, Amherst Police reported.The woman screamed and the man ran back to his car, a newer white sport utility vehicle, and drove away, officials said.He is described as a black male with braided hair, a headband, a white tank top and dark-col…

A heartfelt exchange between a convicted drunken driver and the woman he severely injured in a March crash created a dramatic scene in Erie County Court on Friday morning.“That’s pretty sobering, isn’t it?” Erie County Judge Michael L. D’Amico said of the unscripted remarks, shortly before he sentenced Matthew T. Miller, of North Tonawanda, to up to four years in prison.T…

A 74-foot-long, 18-wheel mobile e-library will set up shop outside area libraries Aug. 16 and 17 to showcase the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library’s digital offerings. The Digital Bookmobile, a high-tech tractor-trailer that has been touring from coast to coast to spread awareness about local libraries’ growing collections of eBooks, audiobooks and other digital media, …