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Now that Mayor Byron W. Brown has won the Democratic primary in Buffalo, attention turns outside the city, where suburban politicians are battling to run 25 towns in a world of development, tax caps and state mandates.In Amherst, the well-financed incumbent running on low taxes faces a challenge from a board member riding a populist wave over a hotel development.In Hamburg…

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PRESQUE ISLE, Pa. – Lake Erie’s toxic green menace has returned for another summer encore.This time, it’s not just Ohio’s shoreline that’s in trouble. Besides exploding on Toledo-area shores in the Maumee Bay area of the western basin, pockets of toxic blue-green algae are also brewing in southern Ontario and showing up for the first time this year 90 miles from Buffalo in…

ALBANY – Three days before the National Football League OK’d the new Ralph Wilson Stadium lease deal last March, a hiccup suddenly developed.It was one of many obstacles negotiators for the team, Erie County and the state encountered over the final month of discussions earlier this year, according to emails and other documents The Buffalo News obtained through a Freedom of…

ALBANY – Three days before the National Football League OK’d the new Ralph Wilson Stadium lease deal last March, a hiccup suddenly developed.It was one of many obstacles negotiators for the team, Erie County and the state encountered over the final month of discussions earlier this year, according to emails and other documents The Buffalo News obtained through a Freedom of…

TOWN OF LOCKPORT – A shoplifter wiggled out of two shirts and a jacket Friday afternoon in escaping the grip of a store security guard following a theft attempt at the Bon Ton store on South Transit Road.Sheriff’s deputies said the man was believed to have taken several pieces of jewelry before exiting the store around 4:30 p.m. He was confronted in the parking lot by a st…

An elderly man was questioned by police after reports of a suspicious vehicle driving slowly past middle school students.State Police on Friday said troopers located the vehicle – which belonged to the elderly man from Clarence – and questioned him, but found no criminal activity or intent.The case has been closed, and State Police encourage residents to report any suspici…

WILSON – A substitute custodian at the Wilson High School has been arrested, accused of stealing a student’s cellular telephone from a locker area during a recent football practice.Deputies said that the 13-year-old’s Windows cell phone, valued at $500, was stolen from atop a locker at the Lake Street school on Wednesday afternoon. A tracking device inside the phone allowe…

Anniversaries

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kerber of Holland celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a Mass and renewal of marriage vows at St. Joseph Catholic Church, followed by a family dinner. Mr. Kerber and Marjorie Berg were married Sept. 7, 1963, in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Holland. He is a retired controller for Ontario Knife Company in Franklinville; she retired from A-Lunt …

Mr. and Mrs. Michael G. O’Connell of Wilmington, N.C., formerly of Buffalo, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a cocktail reception hosted by their daughter Lynn and son Michael III in their son’s home in Wilmington. Mr. O’Connell and Helen Y. Marcotte were married Sept. 4, 1948, in Buffalo. Before retiring to North Carolina in 1985, Mike taught at Nichols Scho…

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Mr. and Mrs. Donald S. Gronowski of Depew celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a Mass in St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Elma, followed by an intimate family gathering hosted by their children. Mr. Gronowski and Christine Bracikowski were married Sept. 7, 1963, in St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Buffalo. He is a retired area superintendent for…

SOMERSET – The Somerset Town Board will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday to consider modifying zoning restrictions on a parcel once considered by Verizon Communications for a $4 billion data center. The board hopes to open the site up to more development opportunities, according to Town Supervisor Daniel Engert.The 180-acre property on Lake Ontario just west of the …

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Mr. and Mrs. Gary Jackson of Grand Island celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family gathering at River Oaks Country Club, Grand Island. Mr. Jackson and Carol Hawkins were married Aug. 31, 1963, in Trinity Lutheran Church, Toronto. He is a retired audio- visual technician for Grand Island School District; she is a retired typist/receptionist for Grand Island S…

Niagara County

NORTH TONAWANDA – Sara K. Hood has not had an easy life. But it has never dampened her spirit.She experienced the hard life of the wife of a coal miner before relocating with her husband to North Tonawanda. She lost her husband of 32 years, Charles, and in January, lost her companion of 30 years, Andrew Colville. She has also fought tough battles as a city alderwoman and m…

Anniversaries

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond H. Dunkel of Farnham celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary with a family dinner in Russell’s Steak, Chops and More, Lancaster, followed by a Caribbean cruise. Mr. Dunkel and Lorraine A. Kaznowski were married Sept. 6, 1958, in Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Buffalo. He is a retired command sergeant major and security manager for M&T Bank, Buffalo.…

Amherst

Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. Poppendeck of Getzville celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with a family gathering. Mr. Poppendeck and Janice L. Clark were married Sept. 4, 1943, in St. Matthews United Church of Christ, Buffalo. He is a retired mechanical engineer for Bethlehem Steel; she is a former registered nurse at Millard Fillmore Hospital, Mercy Hospital and BOCES. The…