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Pinnacle Charter School, shut down by the state last week, will reopen as a Buffalo public school, with district staff members who have been laid off getting the first chance at any jobs at the reconstituted school.But while the unprecedented decision eliminates many logistical problems one week before classes start, it also raises a question: Is having the district take o…

As if running a candy store wasn’t enough to get the neighbors envious, Gayle Hardick has been cooking pans full of bacon in her Village Sweet Shop (1 Buffalo St., Hamburg).“When I make bacon in my store, everybody smells it and comes over wanting breakfast,” Hardick said. Turns out she’s got a plan for all that bacon, though: the Beer & Bacon Fest, set for noon to…

Last September, during the Music is Art Festival in Delaware Park, dancers Nancy Hughes and Scott Slocum performed on boats floating in Hoyt Lake for spectators on the shore at the invitation of local artist David Butler. The improvised performance went over so well that the trio began planning a greatly expanded version of the piece, which will debut at 8 p.m. Saturday at…

With the official opening of the 2013-14 theater season just weeks away, several companies have firmed up their production schedules.The New Phoenix Theatre will open the season with the comedy “Venus in Fur” on Sept. 13, which runs through Oct. 5. Next up is “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds,” Paul Zindel’s Pulitzer-winning play about a dysf…

As if running a candy store wasn’t enough to get the neighbors envious, Gayle Hardick has been cooking pans full of bacon in her Village Sweet Shop (1 Buffalo St., Hamburg).“When I make bacon in my store, everybody smells it and comes over wanting breakfast,” Hardick said. Turns out she’s got a plan for all that bacon, though: the Beer & Bacon Fest, set for noon to…

Andre Thomas has been appointed the new assistant principal at the Williamsville District’s Heim Middle School, effective Sept. 23.Thomas has served as the assistant principal at Burgard Vocational High School in Buffalo since 2010.Thomas replaces Jeffrey Jachlewski, who was named principal at Heim Middle in June.

Erie County’s health commissioner, Dr. Gale Burstein, has urged all women to have regular mammograms once they reach 50, regardless of whether they have health insurance, and urged women to take advantage of the county’s subsidized screening program for the uninsured.The commissioner’s comments came on the heels of a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

Dr. Dianne R. Vertes, Erie County’s chief medical examiner, is expected to retire today, county officials said.Dr. Tara Mahar will act as interim chief medical examiner while a search for a permanent replacement is conducted, according to Peter Anderson, spokesman for County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz.Vertes has served in the Medical Examiner’s Office for a decade.

The owners of the American Grill on Seneca Street in East Aurora want to construct a pavilion behind their restaurant that could be used for weddings and other catered events.The restaurant, owned by Jay and Tisha Macaluso, is in East Aurora, while the empty land behind it is in Elma.The Elma Town Board will set a public hearing on the plan when it meets at 7 p.m. Wednesda…

A public hearing on the Town of Marilla’s agricultural and farmland protection plan will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Community Center. Barbara Johnson of Stuart I. Brown Associates said the meeting is to educate the public and get more feedback with a goal of having a plan finalized by the end of October.Johnson has interviewed many local farmers for their input, i…

Although the East Aurora/Holland high school football merger appears to be a smooth venture so far, future mergers of other sports between the two districts may not happen as easily, Holland Athletic Director Timothy Buckenmeyer told the School Board on Monday.Wrestling in particular has touched a nerve among some in the small community, because unlike football the Holland…

The mayoral candidates threw around figures, debated ideas and avoided the topics they did not want to talk about.The third debate Tuesday for Mayor Byron W. Brown and his challengers, Bernard A. Tolbert and Sergio R. Rodriguez, was the most sharply argued so far as the candidates criticized one another and defended themselves.But did they get their facts right? The Buffal…

A new year means a new transportation company for the Tonawanda City School District, as the Board of Education approved a contract with Transpo on Tuesday night.Transpo representative Robert Kirisits said the district will have a full complement of buses to use, and the routes already have been figured out. Kirisits, a Tonawanda alum, has experience working with the distr…

“I was living in New York City at the time and a friend said, ‘Want to go?’ I was for civil rights and so I got a free ride on the bus from New York City,” Valerie Neiderhoffer recalled late Wednesday afternoon as she waited for the 50th anniversary program to begin in Martin Luther King Park on Buffalo’s East Side.She came because she was there on the Mall for t…

ALBANY – The Cuomo administration is keeping its suite at Ralph Wilson Stadium, but it has turned over the suite’s management and tickets to a local business group.Months after coming under criticism for including the suite as part of the $130 million lease agreement Gov. Andrew Cuomo struck to keep the team in Buffalo, the administration has tapped Buffalo Niagara Ent…