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More than five miles of sewer mains will be lined, almost a mile’s worth replaced and 800 manholes rehabilitated as work continues on the Town of West Seneca’s sanitary sewer system.Monday night, the Town Board awarded a contract of roughly $4.88 million to United Survey Inc. of Cleveland, the lowest of four bidders on the project. The work will be paid for under the $…

A school consolidation study under way in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District is now in the hands of its board, with the release Monday of a consultant’s final report.The report by SES Study Team of Canastota, the consulting firm hired by the School Board in August to explore the possibility of a districtwide consolidation, includes input by a focus group of 88…

Plans to make Main Street in Williamsville a more walkable commercial strip moved ahead Monday with the groundbreaking of a new pocket park.The small park will be located between the Williamsville Library and Village Hall in an area that has been used as one of two driveways for the library. The other driveway will remain.Town and village leaders say the park will give vil…

A record number of craft brewers – more than 150 – will offer their beers for tasting at the 12th annual Buffalo BrewFest from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 9 in the First Niagara Center. Proceeds benefit the Buffalo Speech and Hearing Center.A maximum of 3,500 tickets will be sold at $30 advance, $38 on the day of the event. Admission includes a souvenir glass and 20 tickets…

You can’t give your own food to the animals at the Buffalo Zoo, but for the rest of this month you can buy them lunch.Visitors can add $1 to their food or membership purchases at the Beastro concession stand or the Guest Services Office at the zoo’s main entrance. In return, supporters will get an “I Helped Buy the Animals Lunch” card that can be kept or displayed …

When Saul Santana went looking for revenge, he found it in Anthony “Ace” Colon.It was the bloody summer of 2009, and Santana, a 10th Street Gang member, was seeking retaliation for the shooting of his cousin, fellow gang member Edwin Rivera.Santana found Colon, the rival Seventh Street Gang member who shot his cousin, on Ullman Street in Riverside and in broad daylight…

Buffalo’s 19th and 20th homicides of the year occurred within hours of each other during what proved to be a busy holiday weekend for police homicide investigators. Ronald L. Jones, 23, of Buffalo was shot late Saturday in the first block of Norway Park, just hours after a 16-year-old was shot and killed in the 200 block of Northland Avenue, police reported Monday.Polic…

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Tom Campbell of Lancaster has a problem that has no good solution, only a bad outcome and a not-quite-as-bad outcome.Campbell, editor and publisher of WNYLaborToday.com, an online labor union newspaper, and host of its online show, Western New York Labor News, needs to find a home for his two 11-year-old cats, Hobbs, an orange striped male, and Little Girl, a long-haired b…

SILVER CREEK – The Anderson-Lee Library in Silver Creek will mark its 50th year Saturday with an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors will be able to see a new plaque dedicated to librarians who have served the facility. The library opened July 14, 1963, after local Boy Scouts used wagons to transport books from the old library at Main Street and Park Place, about …

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WASHINGTON – There’s a tragic parallel between Saturday’s crash-landing of a jetliner in San Francisco and the 2009 crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Clarence Center.In both accidents – and at least three other major aviation accidents in the last 11 years – it seems the pilots somehow didn’t notice that the plane was slowing, dangerously and fatal…

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David Henry of St. Louis is celebrating an anniversary in Buffalo. On Monday, it was exactly one month since he left Boston Common, pushing a cart that looks like an oversize mailbox, and he plans to keep pushing it along the highways and byways of America until he reaches Los Angeles.More than anything else, he wants people to ask him, “Why?”The writing on the side of…

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Beth Lynne Hoskins’ 74-count animal cruelty trial resulted in her conviction on 52 counts of animal cruelty for mistreatment of her high-end Morgan horses.But the judge’s verdict issued Monday is not stopping her in her fight, and already she is strategizing her appeal. It’s a case that has rung up at least $2 million total, between both dueling sides, the SPCA Servi…

New Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino issued a list of 32 issues and resolutions that he wants to see the Buffalo school board take up at its Wednesday meeting. Find the complete list here.

Three people were arrested for aggravated driving while intoxicated – for having a blood-alcohol level of at least 0.18 percent – in separate incidents on Western New York roadways Sunday. Erie County sheriff’s deputies made two of the arrests, while the State Police made the other.The first occurred at about 1:10 p.m., when Trooper Jeffrey Curtis of the State Police…

Ducks can be adopted for race at Canal FestDucks are available for adoption for the Community Missions’ 2013 Duck Race, which will be held at 3 p.m. July 20 during the annual Canal Fest of the Tonawandas.Ducks can be “adopted” for a chance to win prizes while supporting Community Missions.Ducks can be purchased in advance by calling Community Missions at 285-3403, Ex…