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Barbara O'Brien


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Weidner's BBQ will be back at the Erie County Fair this August for its 62nd year, despite a fire that destroyed the barbecue chicken stand at last year's fair. "We've been here too long not to come back," said Ryan Gerber, son of owners Charles and Mary Gerber. "Not every fairgrounds can say they have vendors for 62 years," said fair CEO and Manager Jessica Underberg…

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Lori and Dwayne Bell of Derby have been scared out of their minds for almost 10 years. Luckily for them, they have not been scared out of their home. The Derby couple has spent a decade living in a home that has been stuck in foreclosure and is in perpetual danger of becoming a "zombie" home. Much like the "walking dead" creature that inspired the term, their foe has…

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Leaders in every municipality should be required to disclose financial information about themselves, and that information should be posted online, according to the Buffalo Niagara Coalition for Open Government. The group released a report Tuesday that ranks government disclosure forms from 10 local governments in Erie and Niagara counties. The Town of Cheektowaga and Er…

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At one time, protesters outnumbered Cynthia Nixon's supporters Saturday night in Buffalo. But by the time the gubernatorial candidate arrived for a "grassroots community roundtable" at Main St. Gallery, there were more supporters of the actor/activist inside the venue than supporters of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo holding signs outside on Main Street. Nixon is challenging C…

About 40 supporters of Gov. Andrew Cuomo showed up at a Cynthia Nixon event Saturday to sing his praises and question her fitness to become governor. Nixon scheduled a stop in Buffalo to attend a "Buffalo Grassroots Community Roundtable" discussion Saturday night at Main Street Gallery and to march Sunday in the Buffalo Pride parade. Nixon had not arrived when the Cu…

Hamburg

Hamburg Town Board members have decided they are not interested in a public/private sports facility with the Toronto developer who proposed building one at the corner of Camp Road and Southwestern Boulevard. Supervisor James M. Shaw said he brought the matter to the full board after he talked with Toronto developer Marty Starkman, who wanted to build a $30 million publi…

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More than 35,000 people are expected to attend the 61st annual Niagara County Peach Festival Sept. 6-9 on Academy Park on Center Street in Lewiston. This is the first year the festival will fully open on a Thursday night with food, craft, vendors and rides operational. Last year the opening on Thursday was a ride preview night. The Peach Festival has been held by the…

South Davis Elementary School in Orchard Park is getting a new principal. The Orchard Park Central School Board on Tuesday appointed Julie Mampe to succeed Principal Christine Rassow, who will retire in June after serving in the district for 12 years. Mampe was assistant principal at Clarence Central High School for three years and taught in the Williamsville Central…

Buffalo

Picture the restored Buffalo River, with natural shorelines and new habitat for wildlife. That's the goal for Scajaquada Creek, and the first step in Forest Lawn Cemetery is almost finished. "That water will be much, much cleaner," state Sen. Chris Jacobs, R-Buffalo, said Tuesday. Jacobs and state Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, announced each had secured $300,0…

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The Amber Alert for 14-month-old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon from Wayne County has been canceled, but the child is still missing, according to New York State Police. The toddler was taken from an address on Joy Road in the Town of Sodus on Dec. 16, according to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services. The body of his mother, Selena Hidalgo-Calderon was found in Sod…

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DNA evidence found at the scene has linked five suspects to crimes in cold cases who have pleaded guilty to charges of burglary, attempted burglary and possession of stolen property, according to Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn. Nickolas Heath, 25, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty to burglary in the Aug. 20, 2015, break-in at a McKinley Parkway home where he stole…

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Bryan Nielsen of Kenmore hasn't been able to drive since he was critically injured when he was struck by a car in 2004, and his custom three-wheeler allowed him to get around – until Thursday. That's when someone cut the lock off it outside Aldi's on Elmwood Avenue and stole the tricked-out trike, leaving Nielsen, 42, without wheels and his independence. "It means ev…

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Veterinarian Dr. Helene Chevalier likes to talk about the man who had been out of work for a year. He had just gotten a new job, but his dog had developed a severe skin disease, and he couldn't afford to get it treated. He took it back to the SPCA Serving Erie County, where he had adopted it several years ago, with the intention of surrendering it. That's when staff mem…

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Eden Central School District voters will have another chance at voting on the budget June 19. The School Board decided Tuesday night to use more money from reserves to lower the tax levy increase to 0.46 percent, the level allowed under the district's tax cap. Spending in the $30.1 million budget will remain the same, and it will allow the district to add a school re…