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We won’t see any record-setting temperatures, and folks in the American West might be giggling at what we find oppressive, but Western New York is going through a hot, humid and relatively uncomfortable stretch for the next couple of days.“It’s going to remain very hot and dry through at least Wednesday, with maybe a sporadic shower here or there,” National Weather Service…

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The Holiday Inn Resort & Conference Center on Grand Island has a new name and brand, following its $4 million purchase at auction by a Middle Eastern hospitality firm: Byblos Niagara Resort & Spa.Byblos Hospitality Group of Dubai teamed up with two local partners – downtown Buffalo developer Roger Trettel and Buffalo General Medical Center surgeon Dr. Fadi Dagher – to buy …

In response to high temperatures, the city has extended hours for splash pads and a pool, and opened cooling centers through Wednesday. The city’s 11 splash pads will close at 8 p.m. tonight, Tuesday and Wednesday. Pools are open normal hours, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., except for Centennial Pool in LaSalle Park, which is open until 8 p.m. tonight, Tuesday and Wednesday. Three air…

BATAVIA – The Genesee County Fair, an annual tribute to agriculture and 4-H programs, will open a five-day run Tuesday at the fairgrounds on the East Main Street Road.Opening day of the 174th exposition will include numerous 4-H demonstrations. The midway opens Wednesday and the grand parade follows at 6:30 p.m. A Fair Queen will be chosen Friday, with a demolition derby t…

A “top-secret” commercial film project is the reason that drivers won’t be able to use the Skyway for four hours Tuesday, beginning at 10 a.m. And those with knowledge of the project won’t say exactly why helicopters may be flying at low altitudes to film the downtown area from overhead the same day. A source with inside knowledge of the project hinted that the project is …

A cat rescue organization that cares for about 40 stray mother cats and kittens is urgently seeking a new place for the animals to live after being asked to move out of the Lake Street building in Hamburg that it has occupied for about three years.Robin Pagano, one of the founders and current shelter director of Precious Paws Rescue, said the group has been asked to move b…

Crime

Toys R Us, the scene of a Town of Hamburg killing more than two weeks ago, has offered a $25,000 reward in the case that has left police still unsure whether the slaying could have been a botched robbery or a targeted attack.Town of Hamburg police, in conjunction with Greater Buffalo Metropolitan Crime Stoppers and Toys R Us, announced the reward for information leading to…

SHERIDAN – A Silver Creek man sustained injuries this morning after a deer entered the roadway and he struck it with his motorcycle, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office said.John McAlevey, 56, was riding southbound on O’Brien Road in the town of Sheridan, according to officials. He couldn’t avoid the deer, and he ended up in a ditch on the side of the road, authorities …

Erie County

In the beginning, it was all about the horses – 73 animals that were reportedly suffering from neglect at a Morgan horse breeding farm in East Aurora.More than three years later, as the owner of the farm awaits sentencing on 52 misdemeanor criminal convictions for animal cruelty, many people watching the case are still wondering what will happen to the horses.Well, it’s co…

Buffalo

Some neighbors come here to draw, paint or read. Others stop by to shoot pool, surf the Internet or take ESL classes. Poets appeared for open-mic nights, soccer players and urban gardeners convene here, and noise musicians play candlelit concerts at night.Everyone else comes to do laundry.That's how the tide turns at the WASH Project, a recent nonprofit initiative that tra…

Dale B. Demyanick, a 1979 graduate of Daemen College, was recently elected chairman of the Daemen College board of trustees. Demyanick is a partner with the accounting firm of Lumsden & McCormick.Officers elected to the board’s executive committee are: vice chairman, Thomas P. Stewart, president and CEO, Coolture LLC; and secretary/treasurer, Richard J. Day, a partner at H…

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Mr. and Mrs. John A. Hout III of Lockport celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an outdoor reception for family and friends at their daughter’s Akron home. Mr. Hout and Ginger Burr were married July 5, 1963, in Niagara Falls. He is a retired millwright for Delphi, Lockport. They have three children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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Mr. and Mrs. Alajos Nemeth of Grand Island celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family party. Mr. Nemeth and Mary Percs were married July 6, 1963, in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, Buffalo. He retired from Ford Motor Co.; she is a retired teacher for Buffalo Public Schools. They have three children and four grandchildren.

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Mr. and Mrs. John R. Spampinato of Kenmore celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. A family gathering is planned. Mr. Spampinato and Rita M. Brindza were married July 10, 1948, in St. Francis Catholic Church, Johnstown, Pa. He is a retired mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, Buffalo. They have a son, two grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

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Mr. and Mrs. George Karam of Corfu celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a gathering and family cruise to Nova Scotia. Mr. Karam and Earlotta Jouben were married May 18, 1963, in St. Matthews Catholic Church, East Syracuse. He is a retired sales manager for John Sexton Co. They have four children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.