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Free hands-on, computer programming workshops are underway at the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Niagara Power Vista. The series is called “Sensational Science Saturdays,” and is aimed at children in grades 5-8, although all ages are invited. All classes will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Power Vista Classroom and are limited to 15 participants. Students may part…

A Wheatfield woman is out $1,550 after being victimized in a check fraud scheme originating on the online website Craigslist, police said. The woman, who lives on Arnold Drive, was selling a piece of furniture for $295 on the website and was contacted by a prospective purchaser on Jan 10, according to reports. The suspect forwarded the woman a check for $1,550, instruct…

A man was stopped Friday in the Village of Delevan for driving a lawn tractor in the roadway. Troopers pulled Scott R. Chapman over on State Route 16, and placed him under arrest for driving while intoxicated after he failed multiple field sobriety tests. He reportedly recorded a 0.18 BAC after he was taken into custody. Chapman was arraigned in Town of Freedom C…

A North Tonawanda man was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest Friday after walking up to a City of Tonawanda police car and pouring a 24-ounce can of beer on the hood. Officer Eric Foels was inside the car writing a report on his car computer at Main and Niagara streets when the incident allegedly occurred. David L Serrano, 45 of Mead St., North …

Obituaries

Feb. 23, 1927 – Jan. 13, 2018 Dr. Bertram A. Portin was in his residency training when he developed what became a life-long interest in the surgical treatment of colon and rectal cancers, colitis and Crohn's disease. He found satisfaction in a specialty that enabled him to perform complex procedures while simultaneously forging long-term relationships with patients w…

Erie County

Ron Talboys feels blessed. The former engineer with General Motors remembers reading the little ad from Lutheran Trinity Church asking for volunteers to establish a Habitat for Humanity branch in Buffalo. He stepped forward to help establish one. That was 31 years ago. "It just seems like the more we were blessed, the more houses we were able to do," Talboys said. "A…

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On a winter day when temperatures spiked at a welcome 40 degrees, it was even warmer inside the Delaware Avenue gaming center where Nick Lane and Kevin Manne carried the mantle of Western New York into battle. Over the course of the day, Lane and Manne would attempt to do what the Bills and Sabres couldn't — flip, tilt and bang back their way to a championship. Even …

Amherst

In May 1995, a killer snuffed out the life of Louise Cicelsky, an 82-year-old businesswoman, in her apartment on Longmeadow Road in Amherst. Investigators believe a man robbed and stabbed Cicelsky, who stood just 4 feet and 7 inches tall, while an accomplice stood nearby and watched. The killer, who plunged a knife eight times into the neck of the widow, was never ca…

Columns

Rick Ohler sees writing as a means of testament and healing. He's taught adult courses in writing for many years in East Aurora. The way he gets rolling, at the beginning of a new session, is to ask students what topic they hope to write about. Seven years ago, on a snowy January night, his spring writing course started in typical fashion. Some of the students were regu…

Lancaster

The parcel of land on Genesee Street contained a hodgepodge of abandoned gravel pits and overgrown farm fields in 1995, but Timothy Davis envisioned it as a golf course. He was 34, and Davis, a golf pro, was looking to build his second golf course in the Town of Lancaster. "If you looked past the gravel pits and fields, there was a lot of nice settings for golf holes," …

A Cheektowaga man faces a minimum of 7 years and a maximum of 15 years in prison after he was found guilty Friday of criminal possession of a weapon. Raekwon Barnes, 23, also faces 5 years post-release supervision as a repeat violent felony offender. Barnes is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 20 by state Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns. Aparole officer arres…

Ruby Bridges, the civil rights icon who in 1960 broke racial barriers when she became the first African-American to attend an all-white elementary school in New Orleans, will share her experiences to cap Niagara University’s annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. The free public presentation will take place at 5 p.m. on Jan. 31 in the Russell J. Sa…

Buffalo

Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) is launching a car seat safety initiative that includes free classes and safety checks of car seats. The new service will be offered by appointment at EPIC's offices at 1000 Main St. In addition, EPIC will take its car seat safety check to a number of community events this year. Fueling the program was a $10,000 donation from t…

Amherst

Plans to open a co-operative market in Williamsville are moving ahead, but any store opening is at least five years away as the volunteers behind the effort seek to raise more money and build more support for the project. The leaders of the group that is pushing to build the Village Co-Op Market of Williamsville on Friday said they've signed up 55 members so far. The…

Business

Relax. Your kids are probably not eating Tide pods. I mean, they might be, but even if they are, laundry detergent is still probably one of the least dangerous consumer products you have to worry about your kids getting their hands on around the house. In case you haven’t heard, there’s this viral phenomenon on social media called the "Tide Pod Challenge” that has pa…