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Barbara O'Brien


Newstead residents have filed court papers to stop the town from building a highway garage, salt barn and other buildings on land meant for a park.A show-cause order was served on the town clerk Thursday, seeking a halt to any development until the case is settled.It is answerable in State Supreme Court Thursday. The four residents named in the papers want development on…

He could have been in a whale of trouble for trying to sell a tooth from a sperm whale, but charges against a Syracuse-area man were dismissed this week after he paid a civil fine.State conservation officers had charged Ray Denman, 62, of Brewerton, northeast of Syracuse, with an illegal sale from endangered species without a permit. Denman had offered the 4-inch tooth f…

The Grand Island School Board hopes to choose a plan to alleviate overcrowding next month, but it won't be in time to help elementary pupils when school opens next week."We're full. We're busting at the seams," said Superintendent Lee J. Cravotta."One of our elementary schools is completely full. We're using closets for testing," he said.In the other, he said, the district…

Phones were ringing and civilians were streaming in to the Masten Armory Wednesday night to sign up for military service.Officers of the 4th Brigade of the New York Guard hustled to keep up with questions from 50-year-old recruits who came in to file applications."We're busier here than a cat covered up with little things," Capt. Michael J. Gilmartin said to a caller Wedn…

Lackawanna residents could get the chance to vote this fall on whether they want a tire-burning facility on the grounds of the former Bethlehem Steel Corp. plant.The City Council officially requested information on how to arrange a permissive referendum on the tire-burning plant but stopped short of setting the vote at Monday night's regular meeting."I would like to set …

Lackawanna residents could get the chance to vote this fall on whether they want a tire-burning facility on the grounds of the former Bethlehem Steel Corp. plant.The City Council officially requested information on how to arrange a permissive referendum on the tire-burning plant, but stopped short of setting the vote at Monday night's regular meeting."I would like to set…

The definition of "back yard" is expanding from a few flowers and a clump of grass to include the oceans and the ozone layer as more people think on a global scale, according to Sen. Albert Gore Jr., D-Tenn."People are beginning to change the way they think about the global environment," Gore told those gathered Sunday for the opening of the week-long International Confe…

In somewhat of a rarity this summer, Western New Yorkers had to break out the umbrellas and raincoats as more than an inch of rain fell Monday.The long, steady rain may have rescued scores of lawns that were turning brown and given a boost to farmers."We definitely needed it," said Mike Pukajlo, a meteorological technician with the National Weather Service at the Greater B…

The discovery of a small, man-made tool sent up excited cheers at an archaeological dig here Thursday.The two pieces of flint that fit together perfectly are more proof that ice-age man, as well as animals, once inhabited the area, according to Dr. Richard Laub. "It looks like it might have been a small knife," Laub said.Laub has led the three-week excavations off Byron Ro…

The aggressive raccoon population at Letchworth State Park must be retrained to run from humans, instead of boldly approaching them in search of food, parks officials and park users agreed Thursday night."The raccoon this year has become much more aggressive in looking for food," said Ed Conley, regional director of Genesee Region of New York State Office of Parks Recreati…

Faced with choosing between two unknowns, Lackawanna city fathers Tuesday decided to remain in the Erie County consortium that distributes federal funds rather than risk having the city bid for money on its own.Lackawanna has been a part of the county consortium receiving federal community development block grant funds the past seven years. The consortium generally recei…

A strip of grass and trees on Forest Avenue has pitted residents against merchants over what could be a solution to parking problems that have plagued Elmwood Avenue for years.Merchants say they desperately need the extra parking the 50 metered spaces would provide.But some residents have protested the plan to construct a parking area in front of the Buffalo Psychiatric …

If a group of high schoolers from Erie County learned anything in the Soviet Union last month, it was that fast food in Moscow isn't, but it is cheap.They waited in line two hours at the McDonald's in Moscow's Red Square, recalled 14-year-old Tom Zeeb of West Seneca. And they found the hamburgers taste the same as in the United States.That was OK with the 30 student ambass…

News of George Steinbrenner's banishment from baseball was good news to New York Yankees fans at Monday night's Buffalo Bisons game."I stopped watching Yankee games -- now I'll start watching again," said Dean Belson of Lewiston when he learned about Steinbrenner. "I'm a Yankee fan and I'm glad to hear it."While fans were talking about the Yankees at Pilot Field, the Biso…

Neighbors, hoping to "keep the forest on Forest," demonstrated Thursday against a proposal to put parking spaces in front of the Buffalo Psychiatric Center on Forest Avenue.The protest attracted about about 75 residents who object to a city proposal to construct diagonal, metered parking along the north side of Forest, between Elmwood and Richmond avenues.The parking, fo…