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M&T Bank has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit involving an M&T branch manager in Baltimore. The EEOC's suit, filed in 2016, alleged that the bank discriminated against the employee, Candace McCollin, over her pregnancy-related disability. The suit claimed that after McCollin was cleared to return to work, th…

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When the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency holds its next meeting Feb. 12, four of the nine members will be newcomers. "We're looking for some fresh faces, new ideas," said County Legislature Chairwoman Rebecca J. Wydysh, who made the appointments Tuesday. She chose former Wheatfield Supervisor Robert B. Cliffe, Niagara Falls Housing Authority Executive Di…

Obituaries

March 28, 1937 – Jan. 20, 2020 Sheldon Edward Merritt, president of Merritt Auto Painting Co., died Monday in his home on Buffalo’s West Side after a period of declining health. He was 82. Born in Buffalo, he was the son of Sheldon E. Merritt, a noted field naturalist and photographer who began the painting business in 1929. After graduating from Kenmore High School …

Obituaries

Feb. 24, 1927 – Jan. 12, 2020 Clydean Bass Amaker, a retired Buffalo teacher, died unexpectedly Jan. 12 while visiting her grandson in Toronto. She was 92. Born Clydean Bass in Buffalo, she was the third of four children whose father owned a meat market and a painting business. She was a graduate of Hutchinson Central High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in …

Buffalo

The Delavan Metro Rail station is closed Thursday while automobile traffic in the area of Main Street and Jefferson Avenue has been disrupted due to an overnight water main break near Canisius College. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced Thursday morning that the NFTA Delavan Station was closed and that trains are running from University Station to H…

OLAF FUB SEZ: An observation from Nobel Prize-winning poet Derek Wolcott, born on this date in 1930, “The future happens. No matter how much we scream.” • • • COOLING OUT – Snow or no snow, the first Flurry Fest will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday by the Taste WNY Market at the new Western NY Welcome Center, 1999 Alvin Road, Grand Island. Weather permitting, there wi…

Sports

East Aurora native Kaitlin Hawayek and ice dance partner Jean-Luc Baker are poised to medal for the second consecutive year at this week’s 2020 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, N.C., and look to continue bolstering their résumé for the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. The rhythm dance competition is from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Greensboro Coliseum, where …

Health and Fitness

Some people watch what they eat. Paige and Tanner Szczesek have to watch when they eat. The two children, ages 6 and 2, from Cheektowaga, have Type 1 diabetes. Like others with their condition, they must take extra insulin before meal and snacks. It takes time to work. Eat too soon, and blood sugar can climb dangerously high – a constant worry for their mother, Ashley. …

Crime

Former Rep. Chris Collins was sentenced last week to 26 months in prison after resigning from Congress and pleading guilty to two felony insider trading charges last October. His co-conspirators — son Cameron Collins and Stephen Zarsky, Cameron's prospective father-in-law — will be sentenced Thursday and Friday. Chris Collins is scheduled to report to prison on St. Patr…