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The Maid of the Mist and Hornblower Niagara Cruises, the U.S. and Canadian boat ride companies operating below Niagara Falls, are waiting for the ice boom to be removed and ice to clear from the Niagara River before opening this year. In 2017, the companies opened on April 1, the earliest date ever. Last year, opening day was April 27, which Maid spokesman Kevin Keenan …

Columns

Chad Whitcomb, modified boys lacrosse coach at Salamanca High School, brought his team to the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum on Friday. Whitcomb appreciates the sport for all the elements it takes to play it well, and he tries to teach his young players the skill and passion they need to win. Yet he also believes the game's lasting power connects to larger things, such…

Environment

In December 2015, the Army Corps of Engineers announced a $490 million plan to remove all of the nuclear waste from the Niagara Falls Storage Site in Lewiston. More than three years later, all of that waste remains buried under 20 feet of clay. The Corps has not followed through with the removal work, or even issued a "record of decision" authorizing the work. Commun…

Crime

A 21-year-old man died Monday after a shooting police say appears to have been accidental, according to a Buffalo police spokesman. The victim suffered apparent self-inflicted wounds just before 1 a.m. on Hoyt Street, police said. Police have not released the man's name. The case remains under investigation, the spokesman said.

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Just as local supporters were ready to drop invitations in the mail, an April 11 fundraiser in Buffalo featuring Vice President Mike Pence has been postponed. But the event is expected to still take place on a yet to be determined date, according to one of its organizers, Anthony H. Gioia, a retired businessman and former ambassador to Malta who said local organizers we…

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ALBANY – County executives from across the state sounded alarms Monday that local property taxpayers and services will suffer unless key changes are made in state budget provisions under consideration at the state Capitol. From county jail costs to a new requirement that counties make annual payments to local municipalities, the county leaders – Democrats and Republican…

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Cheektowaga Town Planner Daniel J. Ulatowski has resigned to take a position in Amherst's Planning Department. Ulatowski has worked for Cheektowaga since at least the early 1990s and previously served as zoning inspector. The Amherst Town Board last week hired Ulatowski as a principal planner, effective Monday. The appointment is provisional, pending a Civil Service …

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Organizers are seeking applications from artists who want to participate in this year's Glen Park Art Festival in Williamsville. The 2019 version of the festival, now in its 10th year, takes place July 27 and 28 on Glen Avenue near Glen Falls. The event features paintings, jewelry, crafts and other art objects from local artists. The festival also offers food stands and…

Crime

A man was seriously wounded after he was shot Monday morning on Florida Street, according to a Buffalo Police Department spokesman. The shooting happened just after 11 a.m., the spokesman said in an email. The shooting occurred on Florida Street between Hager Street to Elton Place, east of Jefferson Avenue. The victim, who was not identified, was taken to Erie Cou…

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The image of the law-and-order judge in Cheektowaga has a long history. In the 1990s, when Justices Thomas S. Kolbert and the late Ronald E. Kmiotek Sr. were on the bench, they became well-known for handing down maximum sentences for mall larcenies. “I’m taking the hard line,” Kolbert said in 1992. “I’m sending out a message to people involved in crime. You come befo…

Gusto

Hooked has opened in Williamsville’s Wyndham Garden Hotel, hoping to give Northtowns diners a taste of the upscale Italian dished up by Hamburg’s Lucia’s on the Lake. Angelo Canna Jr., a Lucia’s co-owner, said customers and friends have been asking if he could duplicate its success north of Buffalo. "Well, I listened, and with the support of my longtime friend and bu…

Bills

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton will receive the 18th Call to Courage Award in Buffalo on May 18. The award is handed out annually by Indianapolis Colts coach and former Bills quarterback Frank Reich to a current NFL player who has exemplified outstanding character, commitment and leadership on the field and in the community. The breakfast event will be held …

Crime

The 31-year-old woman killed in a shooting near the Buffalo-Cheektowaga border over the weekend has been identified as Jasmine Harrison of Buffalo, police said Monday. Harrison was shot just before 11 p.m. Saturday on Eller Avenue. She died early Sunday, a police spokesman previously said. Police ask anyone with information about the shooting to call or text the depa…

Business

Workers' struggles at Wendt Corp. and New Era Cap remain key issues to the local labor movement, said Richard Lipsitz Jr., president of the Western New York Area Labor Federation. Workers at Wendt in Cheektowaga are still trying to secure a first contract, after voting to join Shopmen Ironworkers Local 576 in June 2017. "While progress has been made, this struggle is…

Buffalo

More than $2 million in federal grants over the next five years will aid the continuing research into Krabbe disease at the University at Buffalo. Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, announced the grant from the National Institutes of Health, and took the opportunity to oppose cuts in federal funding for the institutes that have been proposed by the White House. "The only…