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Sheriff’s deputies in Erie and Chautauqua counties charged three people with driving while intoxicated late Saturday and early today, including an Elma man whose blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.20 percent – nearly three times the legal limit.Deputy George Avery responded to a report of a car in a ditch on Clinton Street in the Town of Elma at about 11 p.m. Satu…

Town of TonawandaThe Ken-Ton School Board is expected to approve its state-mandated District Comprehensive Improvement Plan and Comprehensive Education Plans for Kenmore West and East High Schools when it conducts a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the community room of the Philip Sheridan Building, 3200 Elmwood Avenue.The board will also discuss the three consolidat…

Orchard ParkAll homeowners in New York who receive the Basic STAR property tax exemption must re-register with the state Tax Department in order to receive the STAR exemption in 2014 and subsequent years. After this year, homeowners will not need to re-register every year. The re-registration is an effort to cut down on inappropriate or fraudulent exemptions for school tax…

HamburgConstruction is to start in mid-October on the railroad quiet zone on Rogers Road.The Town Board awarded the bid for the work to Louis Del Prince & Sons, Inc. The Cheektowaga firm bid $176,202 to construct “quiet zones” at the railroad crossings on Rogers and Cloverbank roads.Town Engineer Gerard M. Kapsiak said the bid, which was the lowest of two bids, came in…

Aurora, East AuroraA plan to bring working artists back to the Roycroft Campus took a turn forward with a $1-million purchase agreement of the building that once held a print shop and became home to the Cornell Cooperative Extension. The deal signed Thursday gives the nonprofit campus corporation a year to raise the money, a sum that will be embedded in a yet-to-be-launche…

For the past several years, I have rarely missed an opportunity to point out that the Buffalo Niagara region is in the midst of a period of stunning cultural growth.The amount of art and theater-related activity in and around Buffalo, judging only by the crude measure of Gusto listings, has nearly doubled since 2000. A new theater company or gallery seems to open every few…

Grand IslandA Zumbathon will be held today to support Vanessa Haynie, a 17-year-old Grand Island Senior High School student diagnosed with Lupus.Vanessa is on dialysis 10 hours a day because of a near-fatal blood infection. Funds raised at the benefit will help defray her medical costs, as well as the 30 medications she must take each day.Zumba, a group aerobic workout wit…

ClarenceThe Great Pumpkin Farm, 11199 Main St., will hold the final day of its World Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest today.Also this week:• The Clarence Planning Board will hold an executive meeting from 9 a.m. to noon Monday in the Hallock Conference Room of Town Hall, 1 Town Place.• Town Court will be held in front of Justice Powers from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall, …

West SenecaBids are due this week for four new refuse trucks, equipped to handle garbage totes, and the retro-fitting of five existing trucks to do the same.Equipment adjustments are among steps to be taken before the town implements the use of garbage and recycling totes; Jan. 1 is the target. The Town Board approved a bond resolution earlier this month to pay for it all.…

AmherstDozens of homeowners off Twilight and Bramblewood lanes in East Amherst will receive improvements to the neighborhood’s stormwater system to help handle flooding and drainage.The Town Board last week agreed to bond $350,000 for installation of a liftstation on Bramblewood to discharge stormwater into nearby Gott Creek. The work should prevent backups in the draina…

CheektowagaSchedule your appointment now for the Oct. 18 and Nov. 8 flu shot clinics at Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway.Medicare Part B, Independent Health, Univera and BlueCross BlueShield insurance are accepted; bring your insurance cards. Individuals are responsible for paying the Visiting Nursing Association for any charges not covered by insurance. Those cost…

City of TonawandaThe Common Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 200 Niagara St.There will be an informal session at 6 p.m. and then another following the formal meeting at about 7:30 p.m.

DepewThe Village Board approved an extension to a crushing permit to Niagara Refining at 5661 Transit Road until the end of the year.The company had received a permit from the village a year ago to recycle demolition material on site. About 20 to 25 loads of broken concrete are to be crushed, and the company is to monitor air and water quality during the process.Crushing i…

BuffaloThe Common Council will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers, and will consider a request from North Council Member Joseph Golombek to use a portion of the city’s casino revenue to entice Erie Community College to construct a new building downtown. The college is planning to build a new academic building in Amherst, but Golombek is trying to persuade them to…

AldenThe fourth annual Walk for Alden will be held on Sunday, Oct. 6 at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, located at 13021 W. Main St. in the Village of Alden.Registration will be held from noon to 1 p.m., with the walk beginning immediately after registration.The walk, hosted by the Alden-Marilla Ecumenical Network, is open to “anyone who enjoys walking,” said Kathy Sut…