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By Jean Westmoore / News Staff


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“I am a coward,” the tale begins. “I wanted to be heroic and I pretended I was. … But now I know I am a coward.”The narrator, a young woman held prisoner by the Gestapo in an old hotel in Ormaie, France, in October 1943, is buying time for herself, writing her confession in pencil between torture sessions, on elegant hotel stationery, a Jewish doctor’s prescription pads, p…

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Whether you’re making room amid the beach umbrellas and coolers in the SUV for that giant canvas L.L. Bean bag of library hardcovers or downloading titles into your Kindle or Nook, you still need to start with a list of good books for your vacation reading. Recommendations can come from friends, relatives, any of a number of “Best of” reading lists, from Entertainment Week…

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Children’s author Cynthia Storrs Cotten grew up in Lockport and remembers being frightened of the Erie Canal. “I was scared to death of the canal when I was a kid and I don’t know why. It was deep, it was dark water, it was just pretty scary to me.” ¶ Now Cotten has taken a little-known aspect of life on the Erie Canal as the subject of a charming picture book – “The Boo…

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Asking, “When did the War of 1812 take place?” is a little bit of a trick question: The conflict between the United States and British-ruled Canada went on for three years. For those marking the bicentennial of the war, there is much to commemorate in 2013. (That was the year Buffalo was burned down by the British, for instance).Wednesday, officials from the Niagara 1812 B…

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Police are on the lookout for the driver of a green Pontiac that was the target of a high-speed chase this afternoon from the southbound I-190 on Grand Island, culminating in a crash on the eastbound Scajaquada Expressway at Parkside Avenue.The chase began about 3 p.m., when state police attempted to stop the car for a traffic infraction, authorities said. Police from seve…

An Alden man faces dozens of traffic violations after leading Depew and Lancaster police officers on a high-speed chase early Saturday.Derrick P. Campbell, 22, was arrested after a chase through Lancaster and Depew, police said. He was arraigned before Village of Depew Justice Gordon Willis, who set bail at $10,000 cash, or $75,000 bond, and remanded Campbell to Erie Count…

Twenty students will vie for the championship in the 86th annual Buffalo News Spelling Bee, which gets under way at 1:30 p.m. March 10 in the auditorium of the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society.The 20 in the lineup were selected from among 68 school champions who took a written test Feb. 6. The winner of the bee, along with an adult escort, will travel on an all-exp…

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Five of the biggest headliners in country music are set to bring their shows to Darien Lake Performing Arts Center this summer.Tim McGraw with Brantley Gilbert and Love & Theft will take the stage May 26. Brad Paisley performs July 12 with Chris Young and Lee Brice. Toby Keith and Kip Moore take the stage July 21. Jason Aldean arrives on Aug. 17 with Jake Owen and Thomas R…

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Sister Carol Cimino, a national consultant, college professor and author, has been named the new superintendant of Buffalo Catholic Schools.Bishop Richard J. Malone will introduce his selection of the new schools chief Thursday at the annual Catholic Schools dinner, “Making a Difference Dinner – A Celebration of Catholic Schools,” which will be held in the Buffalo Niagara …

Dr. Andrew D. Coates, the new president of Physicians for a National Health Program, will appear Thursday in Buffalo at a community forum on poverty, disparities and health care.The program, which will include a conversation with Coates, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in Lafayette Presbyterian Church, 875 Elmwood Ave. at Lafayette Avenue. Refreshments will be available at 5…

Hamburg teachers plan to continue negotiating today with the administration over the teacher evaluation plan that is supposed to be approved by the state by Thursday.Teachers overwhelmingly rejected the proposal Friday. The Hamburg Teachers Association’s Contract Committee met Monday and examined teacher surveys on the plan and vote. The committee also resumed negotiations…

Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw has ordered a full review of his department to root out inefficiencies.The review will be conducted on both the audit and accounting divisions of the department. Teresa Fraas, who was tapped by Mychajliw to serve as deputy comptroller, will review the Audit Division. Frass is a certified public accountant and the first woman to e…

Following the city’s decision last week to allow the demolition of the former North Park Baptist Church at 375 Colvin Ave., the Preservation Board is seeking greater oversight over such permits. “Without a change in the ordinance, we’re a paper tiger,” board Chairman Paul McDonnell said this week. The board will appeal to Mayor Byron W. Brown and the Common Council to be g…

LOCKPORT – New chairmen for the Niagara County Legislature’s five standing committees were announced this week.Lockport Legislators W. Keith McNall and Anthony J. Nemi will be trading places, with Republican McNall now chairing the Community Services Committee and Nemi, an Independence Party member, taking over McNall’s former Administration Committee chairmanship.Paul B. …

LEWISTON – The state Department of Environmental Conservation will host two public meetings Monday on its draft proposal to allow CWM Chemical Services to renew its operating permit on its current Model City landfill.The five-year renewal would not permit CWM to expand the size of the hazardous waste landfill. That request is to be considered at a later date.The formal mee…