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"Hi. Here is an outline for my obit. Don't screw it up too badly." – Dave Condren, Sept. 25, 2013 Anyone who knew Dave Condren would tell you he was one of the funniest people they had ever met. So it's no surprise to learn that he made sure his wit would outlive him. Mr. Condren, a longtime newspaper reporter who worked at four of the region's daily newspapers, incl…

The Salvation Army of Buffalo may end up with a substantial electric bill refund as the result of a state Public Service Commission hearing officer's decision, but Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. is not yet ready to write a check.The recent ruling upholds an earlier commission finding that the Salvation Army's Buffalo headquarters at 960 Main St. and a shelter it operates next …

A squatty red-brick building, once jokingly known as "Fort Delano," will be demolished soon to provide an unobstructed view from Front Park of the Lake Erie-Niagara River junction, thanks to a state grant obtained by Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, D-Buffalo.Hoyt presented a ceremonial check for $50,000 to pay for the demolition and for the renovation of a building in Delaware Park …

The Vatican decision to delay approval of the American bishops' new zero-tolerance sexual abuse policy was alternately seen Friday as total rejection of the plan, a call for clarification and a yellow light, cautioning the U.S. church to move more carefully on the issue."Without Vatican approval, we're now back at Square One. Each bishop can decide for himself how to handl…

The Buffalo Niagara Region may be viewed economically as the "Rust Belt." But spiritually, it might be dubbed America's "Faith Belt."That's because a greater proportion of people in this region identify with a particular religion than in any other region of the nation, even though they might not be found in a church, synagogue or mosque every week.That finding is contained…

The Rev. Fahed Abu-Akel, the highest official in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in the United States, challenged church members Tuesday to "bring a friend to church" in hopes of turning around a nationwide loss of membership.The moderator of the church's 214th General Assembly, Abu-Akel discussed his vision for the denomination during a meeting of the Presbytery of Western …

In medical emergencies, there is a "golden hour" during which critically injured or ill patients must receive specialized treatment. Beyond those precious 60 minutes, the chances the patient will survive diminish rapidly.That's why it is vitally important to build a heliport at Children's Hospital, representatives of the hospital and Mercy Flight said Wednesday during a fo…

Attending an open-air service during warm summer months can be both inspirational and a pleasant change for many churchgoers.But members of Emmanuel Baptist Church, 3118 Hyde Park Blvd., would appreciate the opportunity to worship indoors again.Since late July, more than 20 members of the African-American congregation have been attending services on the church lawn because…

The United Way of Buffalo and Erie County is taking aim at a record goal of $20 million for its 2002 United Way Community Campaign.The goal, $200,000 higher than last year, was announced by Erie County Sheriff Patrick Gallivan and his wife, Mary Pat, co-chairmen of this year's campaign, during a ceremony in Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park. The campaign ends Oct. 31."T…

A utility rate consultant who has been fighting Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. on behalf of religious organizations is challenging a new rate plan he says could lead to higher electric bills -- and the installation of extra meters -- for many religious institutions across New York State.The utility, which filed the new rate plan -- officially known as a tariff -- says it is tr…

Buffalo State College will cosponsor a daylong conference on treatment issues as the first anniversary of Sept. 11 approaches, and a two-part program of healing in the aftermath of the anniversary of the terrorist attack on America." 9/1 1 One Year Later, Wellness in the Aftermath" will be the theme of the conference from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Buffalo Conven…

Volunteer firefighters and ambulance crews will be assured of using the most modern equipment through a $5 million grant program that Gov. George E. Pataki announced here Thursday at a firefighters convention."I want to make sure that every (fire) department in New York State has the most up-to-date bunker gear and equipment," Pataki said during an emotional address to vol…

Carly Collard Cottone, who raised more than $185,000 for pediatric cancer research while bravely fighting the disease herself, died peacefully Friday in her East Amherst home. She was 11.The founder of Carly's Club, a not-for-profit organization that raises money for research, Carly had lost both parents to cancer before she was diagnosed in 1999 with medulloblastoma, an a…

Some of Buffalo's Boys & Girls Clubs are looking spruced up today, the flower beds in Symphony Circle and Soldiers Place are well-groomed again, and materials are ready and waiting for the Kids Voting project.These are some of the results of Wednesday's annual Day of Caring, a United Way project that mobilized 6,000 volunteers in Erie and Niagara counties to undertake hand…

Nine "high-need" Buffalo schools will share $2.4 million from the federal government to improve the reading skills of children in early grades.The money is part of an $82 million grant for New York State's Reading for Results program announced by Gov. George E. Pataki. It will be used to boost early literacy, family literacy and teacher training."This is brand new (the pro…