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In 1989, the historic Bank of Buffalo building and its domed roof were carefully taken apart, piece by piece, in a hopeful effort to preserve the granite facade and other decorative elements after the structure was badly damaged. Located next to the Merchants Mutual Insurance building at the corner of Main and Seneca streets, the vacant bank facility had been badly dama…

Erie County Youth Services will sponsor a free Summer Reading & Writing Camp. Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo, will host the camp. The first installment, for 7- and 8-year-olds, will run daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 24 to 28. Others will take place July 31 to Aug. 4 for those 9 to 11; and Aug. 14 to 18 for students ages 12 and 13. Camps a…

A cast iron sign that touts "Birthplace of the Grain Elevator" was reported stolen to the Buffalo Police Department on Saturday by Industrial Heritage Committee President Lorraine Pierro. The heavy, metal sign was taken off a concrete post located near lamp post No. 7 on Erie Street. Pierro said it wasn't certain exactly when the sign was taken, but the Buffalo Histo…

Instead of risking hypothermia in April, Buffalo’s Burmese community waits until it is shorts-and-sandals weather to get wet. Hundreds of people attended the annual Buffalo Myanmar Water Festival on Saturday, celebrating the Burmese New Year, which occurred in mid-April. In Burmese culture, water is sacred. On a day-to-day basis, it sustains life; on their New Year, i…

Phillip Jackson, 24, of Buffalo, who was on probation for selling drugs when he was caught selling drugs again, was sentenced to prison on Friday. Jackson received a probationary sentence of five years in February after being convicted of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth-degree. Just four days later the Buffalo Police Narcotics Unit executed a …

Jason Mendola and his wife, Abbi, became interested in kayaking about a decade ago during a trip to Central America. “We were on an excursion in Guatemala. We were kayaking and wondered, ‘How come we’ve never done this at home?’ When I came back, I did what everybody else does: went to a sporting goods store, bought the cheapest boat imaginable, got out on the B…

While Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority fees charged to ride-hailing companies' customers at Buffalo's airport are new, taxis have been paying for access to the Buffalo airport for years. So have parking lot shuttles, limousines and other ground transportation companies. The taxi company with exclusive rights to pick up fares at Buffalo Niagara International …

Canalside has become the center of the summer outdoor fitness craze in Western New York, but those who don’t often frequent the downtown Buffalo waterfront won’t be left in the cold in the coming weeks. Independent Health will continue to sponsor Fitness in the Parks group fitness classes in several counties. State parks have a slate of hikes, kayaks and other event…

Shirley Carnall’s family wasn’t sure what to make of it five years ago when she joined the Buffalo Outdoor Meetup group. “My dad put it this way: ‘You’re meeting people online and going into the woods with them?’” Carnell was in her late 40s when she clicked on Meetup.com and gained access to dozens of groups for hundreds of outings. It was a welcome…

The petition to remove Carl P. Paladino from his elected Buffalo School Board position argues that he violated board policy when he disclosed confidential information discussed in executive session. The board members seeking his removal argue that disclosure interferes with their ability to conduct business. Paladino's main defense at a hearing in Albany before stat…

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has reached separate deals with Uber and Lyft, which will allow both ride-hailing services to pick up and drop off passengers traveling to and from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and the Niagara Falls International Airport. NFTA officials Friday said an agreement in principle was reached with Uber. Under the agree…

Buffalo Teachers Federation President Philip Rumore is testifying during today's continuation of the hearing to remove Carl P. Paladino from his elected position on the Buffalo School Board. Rumore follows a brutal interrogation of School Board President Barbara Nevergold on Monday at the hearing in Albany, during which Paladino's team of attorneys covered a litany of i…

Plans for the historic restoration and adaptive reuse of the old Schoellkopf ice house are on hold amid concerns about the structural integrity of parts of the historic building in Buffalo's Valley neighborhood. Businessman Jon Williams wants to redevelop the entire 21.7-acre industrial site at the corner of Elk and Lee streets, near the Buffalo River, into residential,…

One of the many tragic parts of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in late 2012 is that several of the 26 victims bled to death before emergency medical crews could get to them. It’s why a group of first responders and trauma care medical specialists, called the Hartford Consensus, recommended a federal effort to train the general public about how to help slow sev…