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Commuters will find some roads closed this afternoon in Erie County due to the possible tornado that downed trees and power lines in Hamburg, Orchard Park and places east and south of there. [See photos of the storm damage] Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz issued a travel advisory for the Towns of Aurora, Hamburg and Orchard Park because of the storm, warning …

The former Lord Amherst Hotel, reborn as the "upper upscale" Reikart House following a nearly $20 million renovation, is now open to guests. The owners of the 92-room, boutique hotel at 5000 Main St. in Snyder held a soft opening Thursday. The hotel that opened in 1962 as the Lord Amherst motor lodge is the first in New York state to operate as part of Marriott Internat…

Plans for a new Dash’s market in North Buffalo and condominiums in Elmwood Village got another green light this week, moving them one step closer to fruition. Joe Dash, owner of Dash Markets Inc., wants to construct a 47,550-square-foot store at 1764 Hertel Ave. on the northeast corner of the intersection with Starin Avenue. On Wednesday, the city Zoning Board of App…

A middle school science teacher in the Williamsville Central School District is one of 10 teachers nationwide chosen to help promote the STEM curriculum of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Kenneth L. Huff, a teacher at Mill Middle School, was named this week to serve as a 2017 STEM Teacher Ambassador. The program aims to train the teachers in communicat…

The Town of Amherst is one step closer to preserving as parkland 60 acres of green space that were the subject of a bruising legal fight with a developer who wanted to build a subdivision there. The land, largely made up of wetlands, was as far back as 2000 the intended site of the 57-home, Gramercy Park Estates subdivision between Casey and North French roads, west of …

Two people were arrested on drug and weapons possession charges at Isle View Park in the Town of Tonawanda on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. While patrolling the park, customs agents boarded a boat and found marijuana and three guns there, authorities said. Three people were on board the boat during the search. The people arrested wer…

Nicola Tesla's theory on alternating current electricity helped harness the hydroelectric power of Niagara Falls for the 1901 Pan-American Exposition. His theory and design demonstrated that alternating current was superior to Thomas Edison's direct current, or DC, system, making it the more stable and practical way to harness electrical power. And that is why the Co…

Seniors citizens who use Hamburg's therapeutic pool want to show Town Board members that the pool is popular, but too small for the aqua strength and aerobics classes held there. "We have all kinds of people who want to use this place," Teresa Ferraro said. "We're kicking each other and almost playing bumper cars." Ferraro and others will bring charts to Monday's Tow…

The City of Tonawanda Common Council will vote to offer five vacant zombie properties to the Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Improvement Corporation, also known as the "Land Bank," at council's regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall. Zombie properties are homes that are abandoned by a homeowner during the foreclosure process and are left in limbo by banks without …

A new plow truck, recently unveiled by the Town of Tonawanda Highway Department, will do more than just handle heavy snow. It also will honor local veterans as it travels down the road. The new addition to the fleet has been decorated to honor servicemembers, veterans and their families. Municipal employees painted an American flag, a bald eagle and graphics depicting e…

A state agency invited developers Wednesday to submit proposals for mixed-use buildings on two parcels at Canalside near the ice-skating canal and coming Explore & More Children's Museum. While all proposals will be considered, the request notes that retail and/or restaurants – preferably locally owned – are envisioned on the ground level, with residential and o…

A plan to build a fifth ice rink at the Northtown Center in Amherst depends on the town receiving nearly $2.2 million from the  state, town officials said this week. "If we get that funding, then there's no question that the project will pay for itself," said Mary-Diana Pouli, executive director of the town’s Youth & Recreation Department. "It'll cover not only c…

An inmate at the Erie County Correctional Facility was crying as he ended a telephone conversation Wednesday morning. He went into the shower area of his housing unit and hanged himself, a well-placed prison source said. A guard found the inmate and cut him down, but efforts to revive him using CPR were not successful, the prison source said. "This was a clear-cut ca…

Location and time are no longer an issue for those who wish to visit Buffalo's Forest Lawn. Visitors can give themselves a self-guided, virtual reality-style tour via a newly updated phone app. The free app, currently available on iOS and Android devices, is titled Forest Lawn Visitor's Guide. Funding was provided through a grant from M&T Bank, according to a Forest…