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Surrounded by brightly colored banners and kiosks boasting traditional festival fare, young men with wild, untamed hair strummed, thumped and trumpeted a folksy tune. Along Buffalo’s Delaware Avenue, vendors offered up moderately priced luxury items, including glass wall hangings and a bird feeder shaped like a sunflower. Artists and craftspeople emerged from the woodwork …

Buffalo’s art, music and food scenes are typically well-represented at the city’s numerous summer festivals, and next weekend’s Juneteenth Festival in Martin Luther King Park is no exception. But for the first time, Juneteenth organizers are adding another aspect of Buffalo’s culture – science – after realizing it could help children one day find good jobs without leaving …

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A few years ago, where to build the next cluster of McMansions might have been the biggest problem facing Clarence.But this little town on the northern edge of Erie County now finds itself the epicenter of much bigger issues – quality schools, the taxes it takes to run them and the state effort to control property taxes.Three weeks after the debate over school taxes reache…

The Roycroft Campus, which is home to the turn-of-the-century artisan and reformist community that helped make East Aurora famous, will get a grassy makeover this summer. Landscaping to remove a “sea of asphalt” should start within the month.The $627,000 project, funded by a Department of Transportation grant, aims to help restore the grounds Elbert Hubbard founded in 1895…

FFZ Holdings, a Buffalo-based real estate investor, identified itself as the new owner of the Cargill Pool Grain Elevator on Thursday, one day after anonymously acquiring the structure at auction for $475,000.FFZ Holdings will team up with Savarino Companies, a Buffalo development company, to develop the grain elevator parcel. The companies are involved in several project…

An effort to raise money to hire a private investigator in an attempt to change the official cause of death from accidental to homicide for Kenmore native Amanda L. Wienckowski is scheduled for 3-6 p.m. Saturday.The auction, which also will include a drawing for a 46-inch flat-screen television, will be held in Kate’s Bar & Restaurant, 1125 Tonawanda St., near Vulcan Str…

NEWS STAFF REPORTERA total of $85,000 was raised Friday morning in the sale of two modular houses built by students of Erie 1 BOCES’ Building Trades program.Separate auctions were held behind two of BOCES’ career and technical centers: Harkness in Cheektowaga and Potter in West Seneca. The houses, each featuring three bedrooms and two bathrooms, were built on site by high …

SILVER CREEK – Residents on a stretch of Stewart Avenue in Hanford Bay are going to court to force the Town of Hanover to maintain that section of the road. Robert Whalen, one of the residents, said the town has maintained the roadway for more than 50 years, and he and 10 other residents are asking that the town continue the practice. Whalen said the group of residents fil…

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Sarah Bishop is a big believer in the power of local business.And next week, Bishop and others will have plenty of chances to show about 500 other local business boosters just what community-focused firms have helped accomplish in the Buffalo Niagara region.Those local business advocates will be attending a four-day national conference that begins Tuesday and is organized …

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WASHINGTON – Raising the dispute over the Peace Bridge to its highest level yet, the Canadian government is taking a strong stand against pending New York legislation that could result in the dissolution of the Peace Bridge Authority, saying the measure threatens to stall $50 million in improvements to the bridge’s American plaza that the authority agreed to last year.“At …

By Harold McNeilNEWS STAFF REPORTERAttendance was sparse early Friday for a public hearing on a newly adopted law that requires Erie County workers to reside in the county.Two residents, both of whom also work for the county, spoke during the brief hearing, which was held in the county executive’s conference room on the 14th floor of the Edward A. Rath County Office Buildi…

Kaleida Health is planning an expansion of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital that includes a 10-bed neonatal intensive care unit, according to documents filed with the Town of Amherst’s Planning Department.The hospital system plans three projects encompassing 33,940 square feet of new space, said Eric Gillert, the town’s planning director.The one-story neonatal ICU will b…

Prosecutors said all the sidebar issues of money, hoarding and vendettas should be ignored and asked the judge to focus solely on the suffering of horses under Beth Lynne Hoskins’ care.The defense attorney contended that Hoskins is the victim of overzealous animal rights crusaders trying to use the case to rewrite the rules on how animals are treated.Hoskins faces 74 misde…

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WASHINGTON – The Canadian government is objecting strenuously to pending New York legislation that aims to dissolve the Peace Bridge Authority, saying the measure threatens to stall $50 million in improvements to the bridge’s American plaza the authority agreed to last year.“At this time, there is a climate of doubt that puts progress on planned capital projects at risk, d…

A federal security officer working at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport is accused of dealing drugs.Todd Stoddard, 29, of Kingswood Drive in Cheektowaga, was arrested on felony cocaine charges Thursday night, according to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.Stoddard has been working as an officer for the Transportation Security Administration at the airport since Nove…