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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 …

Andre Thomas has been appointed the new assistant principal at the Williamsville District’s Heim Middle School, effective Sept. 23.Thomas has served as the assistant principal at Burgard Vocational High School in Buffalo since 2010.Thomas replaces Jeffrey Jachlewski, who was named principal at Heim Middle in June.

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July 14, 1925 – Aug. 25, 2013Sigmund M. Potembski, an Army veteran of World War II and retired television station art director, died Sunday under hospice care in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 88.Born in Buffalo, he was a 1943 graduate of Burgard Vocational High School. During the war, he served with the Army’s 550th Engineer Light Pontoon Company in F…

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Like it or not, Ellicott Development Co.’s controversial mixed use project on Main Street in Amherst is officially open for business.The six-story building at 5195 Main St. at South Forest Road in Amherst houses a 120-room Wyndham Garden hotel and 33 high-end apartments.On Wednesday, hotel staff were busy readying the hotel for the arrival of its first big VIP booking.“We’…

A car plunged into Tonawanda Creek Wednesday afternoon in Amherst, but the two people in the vehicle got out safely before police and volunteer firefighters arrived, authorities said.The car was northbound on Sweet Home Road when the driver failed to turn and headed into the creek at about 1 p.m. Firefighters said neither the driver nor the passenger was harmed. Sweet Home…

The Wyndham Garden Williamsville/Buffalo, the 120-room hotel built by Carl Paladino’s Ellicott Development on Main Street in Amherst, has opened for business.The hotel at the corner of South Forest Road is a six-story, $35 million project that includes apartments and retail space.The project sparked some controversy from residents who said the building’s height did not fit…

WASHINGTON – Nearly 600 people who live near Buffalo Niagara International Airport will live a quieter life in the years ahead thanks to a $5.2 million federal grant that New York’s U.S. senators announced Tuesday.The federal money will be used to insulate or otherwise improve 187 homes in Cheektowaga, Amherst and Williamsville that are so close to the airport that the roa…

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The Sonoma Grille, the restaurant that sits alongside the Lord Amherst Hotel on Main Street in Snyder, will permanently close Saturday night after 10 years in business, the restaurant’s operator and its new landlord said Wednesday.The restaurant will “undergo extensive renovations” and reopen under a new name and concept, according to a joint news release from Iskalo Devel…

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The State Thruway Authority should waive the 15-cent toll at the Williamsville toll barrier as it seeks its own waiver on the repayment of $6 million in federal aid that it spent on toll relocation studies, Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, said Tuesday.“After more than a decade of study and after burning through $6 million in taxpayer support, the authority owes it to the dr…