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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actress Shirley MacLaine, born on this date in 1934, “A person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused.” . . . SHARING STITCHES – Community service projects will be on the agenda as the Buffalo/Niagara Chapter of the American Sewing Guild meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 205 Longmeadow Road, Egg…

State Police have released the identity of one of two deceased male bodies found over the weekend in separate Southern Tier locations, according to State Police. A body found off Swanson Hill Road in the Cattaraugus County Town of Randolph has been identified as Wilfredo Rodriguez-Colon, 48, of Busti, State Police said. State Police said they made the identification …

Erie County

An $8 million plan to upgrade the Brighton ice arena to a community ice center hit a roadblock last month when Tonawanda Town Board members rejected, 3-2, a $400,000 plan to begin a design and engineering study – saying they needed firmer numbers before going forward. The ice got even thinner this month. Some Town of Tonawanda residents have begun speaking out agains…

Buffalo

Cleanup and construction work will begin by midsummer on the initial phase of the planned Elmwood Crossing redevelopment of the former Women & Children's Hospital site in Elmwood Village, now that the development team has received final city approval for the first building. The Buffalo Planning Board Monday gave the green light for Sinatra & Company Real Estate …

Buffalo

The largest concentration of tall ships to come to Buffalo in decades will arrive in 2019. Seven traditional rig-sailing vessels – expected from July 4 to July 7 as part of the "Port of Call: Buffalo" festival – will dock at Canalside and also near the Erie Basin Marina, Lighthouse Point and other nearby locations. "What we are hoping to establish is a recurring sign…

Crime

A Fredonia woman was arrested on driving while intoxicated charges after the vehicle she was driving was involved in a rollover crash, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. At 6:36 p.m. Sunday, deputies responded to a rollover accident involving a single vehicle on Willow Road in the Town of Dunkirk. Deputies identified the operator as Lori A. Carr, 38, w…

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An Amherst woman who celebrated her 106th birthday on April 5 was honored last week by the Town Board. Celestine "Sally" Siemenkowski Szemenciak lived in Sloan for nearly 100 years before moving to Amherst in 2015. In addition to her five children, she has eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren. Her great-granddaughter, Emily …

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ALBANY – As his Democratic gubernatorial challenger joined environmental protesters outside the Capitol, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo proposed a ban on single-use plastic bags at stores throughout New York State. If the plastic ban measure is adopted by the Legislature, it would become effective in 2019. The proposal came during the same hour that activist and actress Cynthi…

Business

As workers at Dresser-Rand's plant in Wellsville brace for their plant to shut down within two years, they have approved a deal covering how they will be compensated once their jobs vanish. Dresser-Rand is the largest manufacturer in Allegany County, with about 250 workers represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 1580.…

Buffalo

The shooting deaths of four Kent State University students by National Guardsmen was one of the most shocking events of the Vietnam War. Nine others were wounded. A new documentary, "Fire in the Heartland: Kent State, May 4th, and Student Protest in America" will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Burchfield Penney Art Center auditorium. The film will be follow…

Crime

Four young men were arraigned in Erie County Court on Friday and Monday on charges of burglary and arson, both in the third degree, for allegedly setting a fire in September that destroyed a vacant house in Cheektowaga. The two-story house at 240 Oehman Boulevard burned to the ground on Sept. 28. Joshua Reiner, Jayson Nugent and Zachary Lewis, all 19, and Daniel Hain…

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ALBANY – Democrats and Republicans are going house by house for votes in a Westchester County state Senate district that is up for grabs Tuesday in a special election. One upstate senator said it best. “All eyes will be on Westchester Tuesday,’’ said Sen. Rob Ortt, a North Tonawanda Republican. Two currently vacant Senate seats will be filled Tuesday. In the Bronx…

Crime

David M. Brown of North Tonawanda, who inflicted several broken bones on his sons during separate beatings last year, was sentenced Monday to 2 2/3 to eight years in prison. "When you pick on the most vulnerable members of our society, you should go to state prison for it," Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III told Brown, 25, of Oliver Street. Brown, whose …

Business

One of Buffalo's major community health center's on Monday announced a $1.95 million loan from M&T Bank that will allow it to expand into the city's Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood, renovating a long-vacant building and creating as many as 500 new jobs. Jericho Road Community Health Center will move into 1021 Broadway in phases, starting July 9 with the opening of me…