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Joseph M. Falzone’s love of music introduced him to the military while still in high school.“I had joined the band at Seneca Vocational but was very poor and needed a trumpet. I was told if I joined the Army National Guard, they would give me a trumpet for playing in the Guard’s band at the Masten Armory. That way, I would have a trumpet for the school band,” Falzo…

The former athletic director of the Holland School District has been rehired by the School Board but in a reduced role as part-time physical education teacher.Matthew Adams, who was laid off last spring in one of several cost-cutting measures, is resuming his position as a part-time physical education teacher but without the additional and more visible duties he once held …

A grease fire Sunday evening in an apartment building at Hilbert College drew firefighters from five Hamburg fire departments, but the building’s sprinkler system extinguished the flames before their arrival, town police reported.Firefighters from the Big Tree Volunteer Fire Company were dispatched at 6:56 p.m. to the school’s Leo House, police said. Firefighters from …

Elma Supervisor Dennis Powers has released a proposed 2014 budget of $7.6 million, reflecting a spending increase of 4.2 percent from the current plan and 3 percent raises for employees and elected officials.The proposal retains the same tax rate as this year – $27.66 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for most residents. The spending plan would require a tax levy of $1.7 …

An armed robber stole approximately $65 Sunday morning from a convenience store in the city’s Grant-Ferry neighborhood, Buffalo police reported.The manager told police the robber entered the 7-11 at 171 Grant Street shortly after 7 a.m., displayed a black and silver hand gun and demanded money. The suspect then fled south on Grant.

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the “Hoosier Poet,” James Whitcomb Riley, born on this date in 1849, “The ripest peach is highest on the tree.”...AnticipationTensions mount;Joined hands pray.We count each secondTick away.Will it come,The longed for call?Will it echo through the hall?Seconds – tenSlip down to four.Then it comes,The awesome roar,Electrifying, Jeanneretr…

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Lancaster town residents would see a second consecutive year of tax decreases under the 2014 budget proposal of $31.3 million by Supervisor Dino J. Fudoli. Taxes would drop despite a 2 percent spending increase largely tied to debt service for the town’s new police and courts facility.The budget from Fudoli, the lone Republican on a Democratic-controlled Town Board, does…

A 39-year old Buffalo woman was in critical condition Sunday in Erie County Medical Center following a crash Saturday on the city’s East Side, police reported.Accident investigators said a work van may have run a red light at Fillmore Avenue and Clinton Street around 5:45 p.m. and hit the woman’s grey Chevrolet minivan sending it into a traffic signal pole while the w…

Twenty-three Western New Yorkers were honored Saturday night at the 41st annual Black Achievers Awards Banquet in the Adams Mark Hotel.The event highlighted the contributions and achievements of African-Americans in the community.Buffalo Urban League President and CEO Brenda W. McDuffie was presented with the Community Service Award for her lifetime of work strengthening f…

People have all sorts of advice when you’re having a baby. Sleep while you still can. Wipe warmers are unnecessary. Don’t name your baby after inanimate objects.Inevitably, though, they’ll tell you that nothing can prepare you for the experience. They’re right. Caring for an infant is downright humbling.A few notes from my first delirious months of new motherhood:…

Three fires in the city’s Black Rock neighborhood kept Buffalo firefighters busy Saturday night and Sunday morning.Firefighters were called at 10:50 p.m. Saturday to extinguish heavy fire in a vacant 1-½ story home at 30 Guernsey Street, fire officials said. Damage was estimated at $50,000 to the structure and $15,000 to its contents. The home has been marked for emerge…

After six hours of police interrogation, Demetrius Huff changed his story and told a homicide detective he did see the brutal stabbing death of 16-year-old Darren Brown in a wooded area near Colvin Avenue in North Buffalo, the detective said last week at the teenager’s murder trial.During the questioning – four days after Brown was killed on July 5, 2012 – Huff told …

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Alma Egan applied nearly two years ago for a loan to repair her roof in the city’s Masten District.The loan was approved, and the contractor’s bid accepted.But the loan still hasn’t come through – and she has since died.For 205 low-income homeowners waiting for federal loans to help make repairs and help them stay in their homes, months have turned into years as ap…

SILVER CREEK – Two youths were arrested Saturday afternoon in Silver Creek and charged with burglary, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s office reported.Deputies responding around 5:30 p.m. to a call of burglary in progress found the 17-year-old boys at an Elm Street home, police said. One youth was charged with second degree burglary, petit larceny and unlawful possessio…

Several motorists have contacted Buffalo police after their vehicles were struck by rocks apparently thrown from the railroad overpass on Fillmore Avenue at Northland Avenue.The incidents happened late afternoon and evening on Friday and Saturday. Drivers reported that their windshields were either damaged or shattered by the rocks. Officers found a number of rocks on the …