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ALLEGANY – As many as 2,000 police officers from all over New York and elsewhere joined other mourners assembled here in St. Bonaventure University’s Reilly Center early this afternoon to say a final goodbye to State Police Trooper Ross M. Riley, who died Wednesday during a training accident in the gorge at Letchworth State Park.The service, scheduled for 1 p.m., was late …

MAYVILLE – A 65-year-old Jamestown man was airlifted to a Pennsylvania hospital following a one-car accident in the Chautauqua Town of Ellery, sheriff’s deputies reported today.Calvin B. Olson was driving north on Slide Fenner Road, at about 12:20 p.m. Monday, when his vehicle left the east side of the road and hit a utility pole, deputies said.Olson was airlifted to Hamot…

Feeding the hungryHere is a comparison of food banks across upstate New YorkFood Bank of Western New York Service area: four countiesPeople served monthly: 96,170 (38,685 children; 7,847 seniors) Pounds distributed annually: 11,830,606 Pounds collected through food drives annually: 484,462 Foodlink (Rochester)Service area: 10 countiesPeople served monthly: 133,203 (37,730…

OLEAN – It’s going to be more of a pitcher’s park than a hitter’s park, according to the vision outlines by City Public Works Director Tom Windus. Improvements on Bradner Stadium continue, and field work is the most recent mode.Once completed, the right field fence is going to be 338 feet away from home plate, with left being 330 feet, and nearly 400 to center, according t…

Hamburg Town Board members Monday night called a temporary halt to new digital signs that flash bright colors as their messages change.The six-month moratorium on electronic variable signs will be in effect while the town revises the code governing the signs.“Every sign that comes into the town gets a variance,” planning consultant Drew Reilly told the Town Board during it…

A man who admitted using drugs as he moved from military life in Iraq to civilian life in Amherst was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison Monday in a federal weapons case linked to a string of suburban burglaries.Local prosecutors say Jeffrey M. Zimmerman, 30, stole to support a heroin habit.U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara sentenced Zimmerman to 12½ years in fe…

Several Newstead residents living near Braun’s Concert Cove urged the Town Board on Monday night to forgo issuing special-event permits until proposed amendments to the Special Events Law are passed. Braun’s has been at the center of controversy in the town over the noise emanating from concerts held there. Residents living near the venue say it’s too loud, while others i…

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Sept. 9, 1926 - Nov. 23, 2013Henryk J. Marszalkowski, founder of youth soccer organizations, died Saturday in his Cheektowaga home. He was 87.Born in Chelmza, Poland, he was 13 when the country was invaded by Germany and the Soviet Union, and spent his teenage years doing slave labor on a farm in Germany. He learned to speak German, Russian and English – in addition to his…

LOCKPORT – The eighth annual Mayor’s Charity Ball is scheduled from 8 to 11 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Lockport Town and Country Club, 717 East Ave., organizers announced Monday. This year’s net proceeds from the black tie optional event, hosted by Mayor Michael W. Tucker, will be donated to the United Way of Greater Niagara.Cocktails and snacks will be served, with entertainment …

NIAGARA FALLS – Assemblyman John D. Ceretto announced Monday that his office, 1700 Pine Ave., is collecting donations for the Heart, Love, and Soul Food Pantry in Niagara Falls.The pantry needs nonperishable food items and personal care items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, paper towels, soap, laundry detergent, shampoo and tissues. The items collected will…

The Buffalo History Museum’s “Train Day,” which includes a giant model train layout as well as train crafts, artifact scavenger hunts and face-painting, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday. Admission for museum members is free; the cost for nonmembers is $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and students, and $2.50 for ages 7 to 12. The museum is at Elmwood Avenue and No…

The Buffalo Museum of Science will increase its admission rates by $1 and most membership rates by $5 starting Jan. 1.Ticket prices will increase to $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and $8 for children 2 to 17 and military with ID. Family memberships, the most-popular level, will go to $65 annually.

The area’s congressional delegation is urging the Department of Homeland Security to use the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station as the home for some agency operations.Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence; Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo; and Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, both Democrats, have sent a letter to the department suggesting Immigration & Customs Enforcemen…

Obtaining an E-ZPass should now be as easy as its name suggests.E-ZPass tags have become available for purchase in Western New York at area Tops Markets and Wegmans locations, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Monday.The tags allow drivers to use E-ZPass lanes at all state Thruway toll booths, and they are also recognized in 14 other states.The tags have a $25 value and are …