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Get ready to dodge the raindrops this weekend. Although it isn’t supposed to rain constantly, the National Weather Service says that we’re most likely to have periods of precipitation this afternoon, later in the day Saturday and before noon Sunday. It could add up to an inch or more. While it will be a damp weekend, it won’t be as cool as originally predicted. Temperature…

MEDINA – A retired Medina minister has offered a job and an apartment to the man who killed former Beatle John Lennon if he ever gets released on parole. Mark David Chapman, 57, mentioned the proposal from Rev. Stanley A. Thurber, longtime pastor of Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church, during his parole hearing Aug. 22. The parole board denied Chapman’s application for the …

Helicopters and aircraft will be used during the next 11 days to distribute rabies vaccine to raccoons in Erie and Niagara counties.The U.S. Department of Agriculture's wildlife service plans to start an "aggressive raccoon rabies vaccination initiative" today by using fixed wing aircraft, helicopter and hand-baiting methods to distribute the vaccine-laden baits.The initia…

SANBORN – Registered nurses rather than licensed practical nurses are now required in all Niagara Wheatfield Central School District schools.The School Board voted Wednesday to make it district policy that each building has an RN to handle emergencies and other medical situations and provide care to students. LPNs generally have to work under the direction of an RN or a ph…

LEWISTON – The work of more than 175 professional and student artists and crafters from 13 states, competing for prizes totaling more than $5,000, will be showcased during the 46th annual Lewiston Arts Festival on Aug. 11-12 along Center Street, the main street in the village.A special addition this year will be an artist-in-residency program for three widely known Native …

MIDDLEPORT – Two separate summer reading programs, most of them centered on children's dreams, will begin today in the Royalton-Hartland Community Library, 9 Vernon St.Today's story hour for children ages 2 to 6 is called "Follow Your Dreams," featuring story selections that encourage children to explore what they would like to be when they grow up.Programs for this age gr…

Time Warner Cable has created a new on-screen guide for its digital television customers.The 150,000 customers in Western New York received the upgrade overnight, and can begin using it today."Our new guide is designed to help our Digital TV customers enjoy all the programming they receive from Time Warner Cable better," said Scott Knaub, area vice president …

The University at Buffalo baseball team moved on in the Mid-American Conference Tournament after holding off a late rally from Western Michigan to win, 10-8, on Friday morning.The Bulls (20-25) will once again play top-seeded Kent State, who defeated UB, 9-0, in a first-round game on Wednesday, at 4 p.m. today in Avon, Ohio.Also, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference …

Two motorcyclists are hospitalized in Erie County Medical Center with serious injuries after separate, unrelated crashes during the last two days.The first occurred at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, when motorcyclist Rick D. Schwab, 53, of Lancaster, rear-ended a vehicle on Southwestern Boulevard, near Countryside Lane, Orchard Park police said.Schwab was ejected from h…

Lee Semrau's venture into running a sports franchise began with answering a Craigslist ad. For $1,000 Semrau became the owner of an Ultimate Frisbee team.Ultimate Frisbee?"I had no idea what it was but I'm a huge sports fan," Semrau said. "For that price I said, 'Why not?' If it works out, great, if not at least I kicked the can."The can eventually found its way in…

The Buffalo Club of the National Association of the Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs will hold its 54th annual Sojourner Truth Award and Founder's Day Luncheon at noon Saturday in the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew.Tickets are $35 and can be reserved by calling 832-2971 or 628-8462.Eight members of the community will be honored for excellence …

Two Buffalo-area boxers, Manuel Colon and Drew Graziadei, have earned a chance to fight for national titles.Colon won the 140-pound open class on Friday night over Dante Palmer of the Lackawanna Boxing Club to advance. Colon stopped Palmer in the first round when the referee halted the contest.The event was held before an estimated 400 at the Statler City Gold…

Another charter airline will offer twice-a-week flights from Niagara Falls to Punta Gorda, Fla., beginning June 29.Allegiant announced the nonstop service Tuesday. The company said it will introduce the new service with a certain number of one-way fares as low as $74.99, plus fees, including $35 for a carry-on bag."We have been able to grow rapidly in Niagara Falls…

Voters in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District on Tuesday overwhelming approved two cost-saving measures aimed at helping to reduce a projected $12 million hole in the district's spending plan for the 2012-13 school year.A proposition to sell the Green Acres Building, a former school on Yorkshire Road, for no less than $850,000 was approved by voters, 2,…

St. Bonaventure's Andrew Nicholson and University at Buffalo's Mitchell Watt played vital roles in the success of their teams all season, so it's fitting they were recognized as being among the best talents in the nation by the Associated Press.Both centers, who were their respective conference players of the year, earned All-America Honorable Mention.Nichols…