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Feb. 4, 1920 – Aug. 4, 2013Virgil J. Austin, a retired auto dealer, died Sunday in his East Aurora home after a short illness. He was 93.Born in Charleroi, Pa., near Pittsburgh, he served in the Army during World War II in Dutch Guiana (Surinam), guarding the bauxite mines. Returning from service, he attended Duquesne University on the G.I. Bill and graduated with a busi…

May 25, 1931 – Aug. 3, 2013Joseph R. “Rick” Rank, of the City of Tonawanda, a printer at the Tonawanda News and The Buffalo News, died Saturday in Beechwood Manor, Getzville. He was 82.Born in Buffalo, he was a 1949 graduate of Tonawanda High School and served in the Navy during the Korean War.Mr. Rank worked for the Tonawanda News from 1951 to 1961, then was with Th…

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,” …

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Erie County spends about $175 a day to keep each prisoner in its jails, while Monroe County spends about $150 daily for each prisoner, according to a report presented at Tuesday’s meeting of the Community Corrections Advisory Board, a group aimed at improving Erie County’s jails.Board Secretary Joseph Saco presented the report.According to information culled by board m…

LOCKPORT – The city will issue a request for proposals as soon as this week for a design for its Fallen Heroes Memorial, the committee in charge of the project decided Tuesday.Mayor Michael W. Tucker also said an avenue for donations to the project has been set up in the City Treasurer’s Office.Checks may be made out to the Fallen Heroes Memorial Fund and brought or ma…

The usual fleet of retired warships docked at Canalside is playing host to another vessel with World War II credentials early this week – but the newcomer looks nothing like the hulking battleships visitors to Buffalo’s waterfront are accustomed to.The Empire Sandy, a former British deep-sea tugboat given new life as a replica 19th century tall ship, arrived Tuesday at…

In a greenhouse attached to an Eden home, a binder full of handwritten beer recipes lays open to “amber porter.”A 10-gallon batch is brewing at the end of the room. Dave Johnson, an engineer by profession, uses devices of his own creation: a magnetically driven stir plate for starting the yeast, a grain grinder, a brewing stand and a large wooden paddle.After decades o…

The restored map of the frontier village of Buffalo shows about five dozen residences and businesses, months before it was torched to the ground during the War of 1812.The map will commemorate the burning by being displayed in December in the Grosvenor Room of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library’s Central Library. The Grosvenor Room is named in honor of Seth Grosve…

Jan. 18, 1947 - Aug. 3, 2013Mary Anne “Mini” Haney, the longtime executive director of the East Aurora Community Nursery, died Saturday in her East Aurora home after a long illness. She was 66.Born in Buffalo, she graduated from East Aurora High School and went on to Buffalo State College, where she earned a degree in early childhood education.She married her high scho…

The dream of reopening the burned-out Louie’s Foot-Long Hot Dogs site in the Elmwood Village has died.But that doesn’t mean the hot dog stand won’t reopen in the immediate neighborhood.Angelo Turco, the owner of Louie’s, announced Tuesday that he has decided not to reopen the boarded-up restaurant at Elmwood and Hodge avenues, which was extensively damaged in a Feb…

It’s opening day at the Erie County Fair, and organizers are celebrating 174 years of up-close animal encounters, agricultural exhibits and food frenzies.Assistant Fair Manager Jessica Underberg talks with The Buffalo News’ Brian Meyer about major changes at the Hamburg Fairgrounds and new attractions. Here is a summary of some of the issues in an interview that is par…

A 23-year-old Buffalo man has been charged with robbing the First Niagara Bank branch Monday afternoon in the 700 block of Exchange Street, according to Buffalo police.Alqifi Nageeb of Minton Street was charged with first-degree robbery, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property after South District police recovered more than $3,000 and the note Nageeb alleg…

The Erie County Fair kicks off Wednesday and attendees can get free entry when they bring at least one canned good to donate to the Food Bank of Western New York.Wednesday only, fairgoers can skip the turnstile and head straight for the deep-fried Oreos if they make a non-perishable food donation.Regular admission is $10, $7 for seniors.Saturday, attendees who bring canned…

Two Erie County lawmakers will hold a second summit on violent crime and homicides in Buffalo.The summit, called by Legislature Chairwoman Betty Jean Grant and Legislator Timothy R. Hogues, both Buffalo Democrats, is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Frank E. Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave. An earlier session was held on July 17.“Our youth are dying and …

A back-to-school program at the Westminster Community Charter School has been postponed due to a recent fire.The Good for the Neighborhood event is a program of Independent Health Foundation and was scheduled to be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the School.A fire caused extensive damage to the school on Monday.“We have developed a great partnership with Westminster Communit…