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LITTLE VALLEY – County nursing home residents and recreation enthusiasts will pay more under legislation approved Wednesday by the Cattaraugus County Legislature.Residents of the Pines nursing homes in Olean and Machias will see an increase for private payment care in the new year. Rates for the Olean facility will rise to $230 per day, from $225, while rates at the Machi…

The City of Tonawanda Police Department promoted two veteran officers during a recent ceremony in City Hall, Chief William Strassburg announced.Lt. Fredric Foels was promoted to captain, heading the patrol operations. A 31-year veteran of the department, Foels served as a lieutenant in the records section and placed first in the Civil Service test for captain.Officer Kevin…

The Amherst Senior Citizens Foundation recently presented a check for $5,000 to Amherst Youthworks, which provides small household services to seniors.Seniors interested in using the services of Amherst Youthworks can contact Deborah Zimmerman at the Amherst Center for Senior Services at 636-3050, Ext. 3130.Youths interested in working for the program should contact Marcia…

Erie County Judge Michael F. Pietruszka and Buffalo City Judge E. Jeannette Ogden have been named Science and Technology Fellows by the Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center.The center runs a program to enhance judges’ knowledge of the fundamentals of science and forensic analysis.The judges were recognized recently at a ceremony at the New York Stat…

The newest colony of expatriate Buffalo natives is warty, green and brown,for and setting up residence on the southern coast of Puerto Rico.Hundreds of Puerto Rican crested toads, hatched at the Buffalo Zoo, were sent to the island as tadpoles last month as part of a program to reinforce the population of endangered wild toads.The Buffalo Zoo was one of 22 zoos to receive…

A Niagara Falls man driving on the shoulder of a road Thursday night was charged with driving while intoxicated and drug possession after he was pulled over by state police on Grand Island.Troopers identified the driver as Michael Davis, 36, of 18th Street.He was stopped at about 7:45 p.m. while driving a gold Pontiac Grand Am on Long Road, according to police reports.Davi…

Buffalo

A trip to the Allendale Theatre, where the average age of theatergoers hovers somewhere around 10, is bound to include a few spontaneous surprises.During Wednesday morning’s school-time performance of Theatre of Youth’s “Madeline’s Christmas,” one of those moments came during an exchange between the diminutive title character (Faith Walh) and a mysterious bearded magician …

Buffalo

A trip to the Allendale Theatre, where the average age of theatergoers hovers somewhere around 10, is bound to include a few spontaneous surprises.During Wednesday morning’s school-time performance of Theatre of Youth’s “Madeline’s Christmas,” one of those moments came during an exchange between the diminutive title character (Faith Walh) and a mysterious bearded magician …

A shoplifting suspect who fought with store security and Cheektowaga police has been sentenced to six months in jail for resisting arrest.James Dickson, 47, of Buffalo, was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to a charge of resisting arrest.Accused of stealing several items from Wal-Mart at the Thruway Plaza, Dickson fought with store security as he was being placed under ar…

Erie County Judge Michael F. Pietruszka and Buffalo City Judge E. Jeannette Ogden have been named Science and Technology Fellows by the Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center.The center runs a program to enhance judges’ knowledge of the fundamentals of science and forensic analysis.The judges were recognized recently at a ceremony at the New York Stat…

A 47-year-old Evans man charged with drunken driving and other offenses for allegedly causing an early Friday morning head-on crash on Lakeshore Road in the Town of Hamburg remained under medical care at Erie County Medical Center.A younger Hamburg-area driver who was badly injured in the crash remained in the hospital’s trauma intensive care unit.Police say Raymond Barret…

A man shot on Humphrey Road in the city’s Riverside district was listed in serious condition Friday night at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Buffalo police said.Homicide detectives are investigating the apparent intentional shooting which began as a 911 call about an “accident” in the first block of Humphrey just before 7 p.m.Detectives who responded to the call found the victim h…

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development will closely monitor how a tenant group of the Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority spends a $211,080 grant, following an internal audit that revealed several unexplained cash withdrawals from the group’s checking account.The audit, which The Buffalo News reported earlier this week, identified at least 42 unexplaine…

Buffalo

Buffalo got the star treatment in today’s Toronto Star.“Getting to Know Buffalo,” a special eight-page section, trumpets the city’s history, architecture and people, as well as the making of Cheerios, destination chicken wings at the Anchor Bar and Duff’s, and developer Rocco Termini’s dramatic remaking of the Lafayette Hotel.The section offers four articles and columns by…

Lancaster

Chocolate chip. Snickerdoodles. Green, red and white sprinkles. M&M’s.The cafeteria kitchen at Lancaster High School was the bustling scene of an ambitious holiday baking extravaganza Friday afternoon, as 17 students began the task of baking 6,000 Christmas cookies.The cookie marathon will go on for three days, and at the end, the baked goodies will be packaged and handed …