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Southern Erie CountyEfforts to return an iconic clock to the Village of Springville, more than 40 years after one was last on Main Street, are gaining ground thanks to enthusiastic support from residents, local officials said.David Batterson, town historian and president of the Concord Historical Society, spearheaded a fundraising campaign and said that in just four weeks …

Grand IslandThe Town Board will honor a garden club that has been keeping Grand Island in bloom for 55 years.The Cinderella Isle Garden Club will receive a proclamation Monday in recognition for its years of service to the community. Members of the club have maintained the flower beds at the Grand Island Memorial Library for years.The group meets the third Thursday of ever…

West SenecaIt’s never too early to think about next year’s garden.The Buffalo Area Daylily Society is holding a public sale of daylilies and hostas from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Harvey D. Morin Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2940, 965 Center Road.There will be a variety of colors, sizes and types available. Members also will be available to answer questions.The soci…

CheektowagaAs annual summer celebrations begin to wind down, there’s still at least one more church lawn fete on the calendar.The fun begins at 5 p.m. Friday on the grounds of Infant of Prague Catholic Church, 921 Cleveland Drive – at the Cleveland Drive exit of the Thruway.Live music performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday night in the Beer Garden.Saturday’s e…

LancasterLearn how to can the best of what summer has to offer at two canning demonstrations to be held in Lancaster today.The first will be held at 10 a.m. at the Lancaster Farmers Market, 4913 Transit Road. The second will be at 2 p.m. at the Lancaster Historical Society, 40 Clark Street. The event at the historical society will include the unveiling of a 100-year-old re…

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Mike Fago is one unlucky guy. He also is an impossibly lucky one. Born into a family with a history of kidney failure, he fell victim to his genetic heritage when, in November 2011, both of his kidneys shut down. Every other day for 10 months, doctors siphoned 7 pints of blood out of his left arm and into a dialysis machine to perform the vital function his own kidneys cou…

A Brant woman was killed when her convertible flipped about 5:30 p.m. Saturday on Seneca and Mile Block roads on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation.Jamie Stuart, 58, was driving east when she lost control of her 1998 Jaguar XK,, which flipped onto its roof, according to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.. She was declared dead at the scene, authorities said.Gowanda Ambulan…

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The Village of Williamsville “took back Main Street” Saturday evening. No torch and pitchforks required – this act of civic upheaval was state-approved and 100 percent family-friendly. Kids played street hockey and couples wheeled strollers in the middle of the usually busy five-lane street during Picture Main Street Live, a block party thrown in celebration of the pedestr…

Mayoral challenger and former federal law enforcement agent Bernard A. Tolbert on Saturday attacked the Brown administration, saying it has manipulated crime statistics to make Buffalo seem safer and mislead the public about Police Department staffing levels.“We don’t manipulate stats,” Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said later Saturday afternoon.Tolbert’s char…

A Buffalo man told police he was robbed at gunpoint early Saturday morning on Grote Street, off Military Road.The robbery occurred shortly after 2 a.m., when the victim was approached by the gunman wearing a dark hoody, Buffalo police said. The robber made off with an iPhone, headphones and $150, according to police.

A fire Saturday caused extensive damage to a home near East Ferry Street and Jefferson Avenue.Firefighters were called just after 7 p.m. Saturday to extinguish a blaze in a 2½-story house at 20 Winslow Ave., fire officials said. The fire in a rear bedroom on the second floor caused $20,000 damage to the structure and $5,000 to its contents.The cause is under investigation.

KIANTONE – A crash early Saturday resulted in a drunken-driving charge against a Jamestown man, Chautauqua County sheriff’s officials said.Christopher J. Conti, 42, was driving south on Peck Settlement Road at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday when he swerved to miss a deer and struck an embankment, sheriff’s officials said.Conti posted a blood-alcohol content of more than .08, sh…

NIAGARA FALLS – In a scene that could have been out of a Hollywood action movie, a Niagara Falls police officer investigating an exchange of gunfire between the occupants of two vehicles at about 3 a.m. Saturday ended up being shot at by one of the gunmen attempting to get away, police said.The officer, who was not identified, returned fire on the gunman, who was believed …

Few people in New York State today buy their health insurance directly from an insurer, largely because the cost is so high. For a single person in this region, the premiums alone can exceed $1,200 per month.But next year, in the first major change introduced in New York under the Affordable Care Act, people could pay less than half as much when buying insurance on the sta…

WHEATFIELD – Supervisor Robert B. Cliffe proposed that the Niagara County Health Department should beef up its mosquito control program, since wet conditions have brought an insect problem in their wake.Cliffe produced a written proposal at Monday’s Town Board meeting, calling for the county to include an insect control specialist in its 2014 budget, working with towns and…