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When thousands of other young people were making their way to Woodstock, the music festival that would come to represent the peace and free love themes of the 1960s, 19-year-old Jerry Burger was on his way to Army basic training. The Buffalo teenager was drafted and had no choice – unless, of course, he fled to nearby Canada as a draft dodger. "That would have been a p…

Going to the game? Here's what you need to know: Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) vs. Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians) at Coca-Cola Field First pitch: 1:05 p.m. Sunday. Gates open: Noon. Promotions: It’s Kids Club Sunday. After the game all kids in attendance can run the bases. Weather: The forecast for Sunday is sunny and 65 degrees. Weather.com updat…

It's been a big week for Clarence baseball player Nick Ciraolo. On Tuesday he was 4 for 4 with two home runs and pitched a four-hitter in the Red Devils' ECIC I 6-2 victory over Frontier. Saturday, Ciraolo hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the eighth to give unbeaten Clarence (7-0) a 4-3 victory over Cicero-North Syracuse. Cicero is the two-time defending Section III (…

Dean Lombardi might be a fine choice for the Sabres, either as a president of hockey operations or the general manger to replace Tim Murray. He's closely tied in with USA Hockey, just like the Sabres are now with advent of HarborCenter. And it's hard to ignore his two Stanley Cups in Los Angeles. But in the wake of sweeping Murray and Dan Bylsma out the door, what Terry…

Stand-up banker Public companies’ annual meetings can be pretty dry affairs, but M&T Bank CEO Robert Wilmers finds a way to inject humor. His wit was on display this week at the bank’s headquarters. When an audience member’s phone rang just a couple of rows in front of him, Wilmers paused from his speech to say, “Want me to answer?” As officials read…

Erie County Medical Center, which continues to struggle with a massive computer shutdown, reported Friday that it is making progress in efforts to restore its information systems. The hospital shut down its computers on April 9 after a cyberattack. Hospital officials still decline to confirm the attack as ransomware, citing investigations into what happened. But source…

A Cheektowaga man was arrested Friday following two raids led by the Erie County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit resulting in the seizure of about 8 ounces of heroin. Eddie Fields, 45, of William Street was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and felony intent to sell narcotics, said Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard, during a news conference at the Sh…

The union representing 525 corrections officers, nurses and administrative clerks and laborers at the Erie County Holding Center ratified a two-year contract with the county Friday, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said. The contract through Dec. 31, 2018, provides 2 percent raises for each year. The employees are members of Local 264, International Brotherhood o…

Nearly nine of 10 upstate New York adults are aware of the term, “health care proxy,” – but only about four out of 10 have completed a health care proxy form, according to a new survey commissioned by Univera Healthcare. “That’s disappointing, because so many people have had the experience of making gut-wrenching health care decisions for loved ones who were u…

Plans have been made. The old playground is down. And now the Hamburg Community Playground needs more volunteers to build the new playground later this month. “Hundreds of volunteers are needed for the four dates, and only half of the spots have been filled to this point,” said Laura Herman, volunteer chairwoman for playground building. “Volunteers do not need to …

Hamburg Democrats have endorsed three candidates for Town Board, and the incumbent town justice for re-election. The council candidates are Laura Palisano Hackathorn, a Hamburg village trustee, former Town Board member and retired Lackawanna teacher Cheryl Potter Juda and attorney Matt Kibler, who serves on the board of directors for the Erie County Stadium Corp. Tow…

The Williamsville Central School District is seeking nominations for its Wall of Fame honoring graduates for extraordinary achievements in career and public service. The deadline for nominations is May 1. To be eligible, candidates must have graduated at least 10 years ago from Williamsville South, North, or East high school, or be a graduate of the original Williamsvil…

Andrew Bennett doesn’t think this story should be about him. The executive director of the First Tee of Western New York can eloquently convey the impact helping children learn to play golf has had on him. He lights up when giving examples of how those kids have grown from the values they’ve learned. Ask him to talk about himself, however, and Bennett flashes a s…

The next step in Buffalo-based OnCore Golf’s plan to carve out a niche in such a highly competitive industry is the release of a ball it calls its best yet. The Elixr is OnCore’s answer to the top golf balls on the market today, like Titleist’s ProV1, TaylorMade’s TP5 or Callaway’s Chrome series. Bret Blakely, one of OnCore’s co-founders, believes his com…