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Deidra Patterson went downtown Friday to buy flowers for Ranney Dozier, on his birthday. Going back to childhood, when she needed comfort, he was always there. He is still only a few blocks away from her Loring Avenue home, and Deidra knows exactly where to find him. She drops to her knees before his tombstone at Forest Lawn Cemetery. "He'd do anything for me," she s…

Town of Tonawanda

The Town of Tonawanda plans to seek a grant for the $50 million Veterans Village project, which would build housing for 130 homeless veterans in the town and provide outreach services, medical care and job training. The town voted earlier this week to apply for grant funding from the Empire State Development's RESTORE NY program. Councilman John Bargnesi Jr. called t…

Columns

A serviceman born in Buffalo left more than 65 years ago to fight in the Korean War. He was an African-American corporal, sent to the front lines in an all-black Army unit. He was caught in an explosion, wounded by shrapnel. He came home to raise a son who was the center of his life, a son whose  passion in life remains education. The father died too young, in circumst…

Columns

Marsha Connor had a gift Friday for Helen Donovan. She brought a golden bag and pair of slippers, covered with glittering golden sparkles, for the 98th birthday of the woman who is believed to be the oldest Gold Star mother in New York State, and certainly among the oldest in the nation. Helen loved the presents. She gave Marsha a kiss. She laughed and sang a song, a…

Sports

The popular pastime of fishing is enjoyed by millions and millions of people across the country; millions and millions more around the world. It’s an art form, a communications tool and a recreational outdoor activity all rolled up into one. It’s also a perfect mechanism for people to connect. Last week, an inaugural event took place in Dunkirk that combined Western Ne…

Erie County

American Legion Post 264 plans to open a new Vietnam veterans museum in Veterans Park, near the a Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter that was shot down in 1972 in Vietnam and installed there last year. The City of Tonawanda Common Council agreed to lease a vacant storage building adjacent to the "Remembering Vietnam Memorial" to the American Legion to convert into a muse…

Columns

From a distance Friday, you could see the two of them, solitary figures searching the ground in a green plot at Forest Lawn. They were in a section filled with rows upon rows of identical veterans’ graves near the Main Street fence – a place where a single tombstone can seem as hard to find as a grain of sand. Grover Coleman Jr. kept one arm around the shoulders of …

Local News

A big crowd of veterans erupted in applause after the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board approved Tuesday night a school tax exemption for veterans in an estimated 4,300 households in the district. The exemption is expected to save combat veterans $187 per year in taxes on a $100,000 assessed home, according to district officials. But it will mean higher taxes f…

Columns

As the crowd broke up Saturday at St. Peter and John Episcopal Church in Auburn, Jim Buschman carried a wreath to his pickup truck. He had played a role in Saturday’s Wreaths across America service in this Cayuga County city, part of a national Yuletide effort to put wreaths on the graves of veterans or those who gave their lives in military service. Buschman is super…

Columns

Ed Stone enlisted in the U.S. Navy in Buffalo, in December 1940. He did what the Navy told him. He brought only a light spring jacket. He remembers that he slept the night before at the YMCA. He remembers the stone steps of the old Post Office were coated with ice, and it took him three tries to reach the top, without breaking his neck. He remembers the heater wasn't wo…

Columns

It's Election Day 2016, and I’m thinking of Tom Niland Jr. We’ve had more than a year of campaign ugliness, of ridicule and savage words, in a nation that feels utterly torn apart. We've had televised debates raw and bitter enough to leave you shaken, awake in bed, after watching them. We've had tapes and exchanges involving accounts of graphic disrespect toward wom…

Local News

How often we forget about those who have fought the tyrants of the world. Every Monday for nearly five years, I have had the privilege of telling the stories of men and women who have gone to war to defend democracy. Salute to War Heroes was born of a suggestion by Stanford Lipsey, The News’ publisher emeritus who is himself a veteran. I really mean it when I say …