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Feisty. That's how Traci Lynn Martin described Lake Erie in November as she tries to circumnavigate all five Great Lakes and hopefully break a world record in the process. Since March, the nurse from Kansas City, Mo., has paddled thousands of miles on her surf ski, a variation of a kayak, around lakes Huron, Superior and Michigan. Then she met Erie. "People have b…

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The Episcopal Diocese of Western New York didn't have a prayer at this week's Buffalo Preservation Board meeting. The city agency dealt a blow Thursday to a controversial proposal to convert most of the former Ascension Church in Buffalo into senior housing, voting down the plan that would have brought 28 new apartments to the longtime religious building. The board's…

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The Anchor Bar is on board with the official chicken wing recipe for the new USS Little Rock, which makes its grand appearance here next month. Earlier this fall, the ship's crew had a competition to see who could make the best chicken wings and Mineman 1st Class Tyson Wilborn won with his "Pineapple Teriyaki Wings." In honor of the Navy's newest warship being commis…

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Marine Sgt. Jo Ann Ortiz was inside Toys R Us in Hamburg when she fulfilled her childhood dream. Armed with a gift card purchased by the Marines' Toys for Tots campaign, the mother of two bought $32,700 worth of holiday presents that will be distributed to children through The Buffalo News Neediest fund. Ortiz, born in San Benito, Texas, did not have much as a chi…

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The State Education Department last month ordered an outside takeover of Buffalo's B.U.I.L.D. Academy and gave the school district a choice: Either find someone who can turn around the school on Fougeron Street after years of poor performance, or the state will appoint someone to do it. But here's the problem: The state can't find anyone who wants the job. That's …

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Children whose families may not have been able to afford a hat will be getting a NFL logo knit hat, courtesy of New Era, which donated more than 1,000 of the caps to be distributed in the Colvin Cleaners Coats for Kids drive. Colvin Cleaners officials said they are confident there will be enough winter wear for its second distribution from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov…

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The Buffalo Preservation Board has given its unanimous approval to grant local landmark status for the Wildroot building, 1740 Bailey Ave. The advisory recommendation now goes to the Buffalo Common Council for final approval. The board concluded the building met four four requirements for landmark status. They included exemplifying the historic architectural, economi…

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During the daytime, the new metal-clad building next to the Torn Space Theater on Fillmore Avenue is both workspace and a work of art. But it's at night when the lit-up building comes into its own. The perforated stainless-steel cube gives off a shimmering appearance from the beams of light projected from below. The metal cladding seals the building from the outside …

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A man robbed an M&T Bank branch on Buffalo's East Side on Wednesday morning, according to a city police report. The robber struck the bank at 999 Broadway, just east of Fillmore Avenue, at about 10:40 a.m., according to the report. He handed the teller a note demanding money and left with cash heading west on foot, the report said.

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Father and son Herb and Aaron Siegel have long shared a deep appreciation for Hoyt Lake and the surrounding parkland. Through their Herb and Aaron Siegel Foundation, they are giving the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy $100,000 to replace rundown paving stones on the west shore of the lake, northwest of Marcy Casino. But that's not all: The Siegels are also providing $…

As winter approaches, the city's emergency weather safety plan for Buffalo's homeless population begins. "Code Blue" is in effect when evening temperatures or wind chills fall to 15 degrees or below. The program runs until March 15 and provides outreach, case management, transportation, shelter and a warm meal, Mayor Byron W. Brown announced Wednesday. Shelters ar…

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August 29, 1918 – November 9, 2017 Madeline Gioia Amigone was a "Renaissance woman." She golfed for seven decades, baked "legendary" chocolate cakes and inspired excellence in the special educations students she tutored in her Amherst home. Amigone died of natural causes Nov. 9 at HighPointe on Michigan nursing home. She was 99 years old, the second oldest alumna…

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Being a sports fan in Buffalo has been pretty dismal for anyone under the age of 25. Eighteen years have passed since the Buffalo Sabres were in a Stanley Cup game, and 23 years have gone by since the Buffalo Bills played in the Super Bowl. And yet the teams' storied histories as well as the athletes and fan favorites who have represented the region have long bound l…

Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown's 2018 Capital Budget proposal has been filed and now it's time for the Common Council to review the $22.8 million spending plan. Council Members will hold a budget workshop at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21 in Council Chambers on the 13th Floor of City Hall. The meeting is open to the public. The recommended capital budget is a fine-tuned ver…