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Fluent in legal lingoMichael J. Klinefelter of Kenmore knows his way around a courtroom.Klinefelter, 49, was in State Supreme Court in Lockport on Tuesday, where Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. was to sentence him for burglarizing a North Tonawanda garage in February. Klinefelter, who has 22 previous arrests and 18 convictions, first sought time in the Niagara County Jail ins…

CAMBRIA – A free workshop for current or prospective businesses interested in learning about incentive programs offered by local and county economic development agencies is set for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Cambria Town Hall, 4160 Upper Mountain Road.It’s the third of a series of four such events being held across the county this year, under the sponsorship of the Niagara…

NIAGARA FALLS – John R. Durno, a health care administrator with more than 25 years of experience, has been appointed administrator of Schoellkopf Health Center effective June 24.The nursing home is owned by Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.Durno is a graduate of the University at Buffalo and has served as administrator at several skilled nursing facilities, includin…

The 16th annual Discover Amherst Street Festival will be held along Amherst Street from Elmwood Avenue to East Street in Black Rock from noon to 4 p.m. today. Features include a pie contest, strawberry festival, parade, musicians swap meet and celebrity dunk tank.

Beechwood Homes and Hospice Buffalo on Tuesday will partner to open The Hospice Wells House at the Beechwood Continuing Care Campus in Getzville.The aim of the service at Beechwood Homes is to offer more individuals with serious illness skilled nursing hospice care.“Beechwood Continuing Care has had a long-standing partnership with Hospice going back to 1992, when Beechw…

Michael J. Ryan was sworn in as 107th president of the Bar Association of Erie County during its 126th annual meeting Friday afternoon.The ceremony followed voting for new officers in Bar Association headquarters in downtown Buffalo. Ryan, who served as Bar vice president for the past year, succeeds Kathleen M. Sweet.Laurie Styka Bloom was elected vice president and automa…

NIAGARA FALLS – With only a couple of weeks left in a regional marketing campaign, Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. is hoping the investment pays dividends for this summer’s tourist season.The tourism promotion agency is spending $69,000 on a campaign to promote the region in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; Erie, Pa., and Pittsburgh; as well as Syracuse and Rochester…

YOUNGSTOWN – The Porter on the Lake Park Summerfest returns June 29 after a one-year hiatus.The family event is slated for 2 to 10 p.m. at the park on Dietz Road, off Route 18.The festival will feature food, beer and wine vendors, as well as local music provided by WhaTheFolk, the Second Amendment, the Lakeside Blues Band and the JB Aaron Band and Trouble. Pony rides, fa…

MondayPRAYER: The Healing Rooms of Buffalo Niagara is open to pray for anyone who needs physical, emotional or spiritual healing, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Potters House Christian Community Church, 723 Seventh St., Niagara Falls. No appointment or fee necessary. For more information, call 884-0048.TuesdayBIBLE STUDY: 7 p.m. St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1073 Saunders Se…

Bennett High School was the target of much online vitriol after 10 of its students were arrested recently for allegedly assaulting and robbing an elderly man in Shoshone Park.It didn’t sit well with other students, who took disparaging Internet posts about their school personally, their principal said. They did something about it on Friday, donating $200 they had raised …

LOCKPORT – For the past several years, New York State’s court system has recognized that military veterans sometimes have unique reasons for becoming involved in crime, especially offenses stemming from drug or alcohol use.Starting in late July, Niagara County will join the trend toward special treatment courts for veterans.County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas will preside…

SALAMANCA – On the recommendation of auditors, the Salamanca Common Council has voted to spend about $50,000 for new software that would make the city comptroller’s job easier and make the city more efficient. Cathie J. Bridges, of R.A. Mercer & Co. of Springville, called on the city to invest in the INCODE software program to give the city more of an integrated system…

MIDDLEPORT – Politics being fickle, mayors and supervisors may come and go on a fairly frequent basis. But communities often rely on their village and town clerks for continuity.It’s no different in Royalton, a rural community of 7,660 residents, where Marie L. Little has worked for five different town supervisors in her 11 years as town clerk.Little was surprised – …

NORTH TONAWANDA – For a third year, the city will pick a home in need of an “extensive sprucing up” in Project HOPE – Helping Others Paint Exteriors.The city is collecting applications through July 20, and the chosen house will be pressure-washed, primed and painted Aug. 17, with a rain date of Aug. 24.“It has always been my passion to help people and to make a d…

The American Osteopathic Association has granted a five-year accreditation to the Family Medicine Residency Program at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. The approval was granted following an inspection that included an on-site visit and a review of the program’s curriculum, policies and procedures.Osteopathic postdoctoral training programs such as Memorial’s are r…