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The Amherst bear sounded in remarkably good spirits in a phone call Thursday, considering it was dead. That's because The Buffalo News interviewed @TheAmherstBear, the Twitter incarnation of the many bears spotted wandering through the region's largest suburb in recent years. The operator of the sharply witty account has remained anonymous since it launched in 2011. …

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A Grand Island woman on Thursday accused a nun of sexually abusing her with a crucifix more than 60 years ago at a convent in Snyder. J. Carroll Becker said the nun used the crucifix as punishment after Becker wet her pants at a classroom desk in 1955, when she was five years old. "She told me it would cure me of defiling God's property," Becker said. Becker, 68, …

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Larry Becelia, like thousands of us in Western New York, had followed news reports about the mysterious journey of the animal that came to be known as the Amherst bear, until that bear was shot to death this week. Unlike most of us, Becelia's job demands interacting with the animals in a way that is about as routine as it can ever be when dealing with black bears. Th…

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When Michael Pope sells his sweet corn, zucchini and cherries in Williamsville, everything is fine. But when Pope tries to sell produce on the Amherst side of his land, he's breaking the law. Pope said he had no idea – not when he bought the two adjoining parcels at Wehrle and Aero drives last year, nor when he reopened George's Produce Market at its new location thi…

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Iskalo Development has bought a former Valvoline Instant Oil Change in Amherst and is weighing how it will reuse the property. Iskalo paid $200,000 to buy the parcel at 5105 Sheridan Drive, at the corner of Mill Street, from Buffalo Lube Realty LLC, according to public records. David Chiazza, Iskalo's executive vice president, said the developer had the property unde…

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A Canadian health-focused real estate investment trust has acquired an Amherst medical office building located just a stone's throw from Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. Toronto-based Mohawk Medical Properties, through Mohawk Medical Acquisitions Canada II, bought the East Amherst Medical Building at 1150 Youngs Road from 1150 Youngs Road Inc., paying $7.732 million,…

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A bear that gained a considerable following as it wandered through Amherst in the past two weeks was shot to death Monday night by an officer, Amherst Police said Tuesday. Officers had kept close tabs on the bear and had hoped it eventually would leave town as it continued on its way. But the animal was seen dragging one of its legs, an injury suffered after it was stru…

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The annual Old Home Days celebration in Williamsville kicks off today with a parade to mark Amherst's 200th birthday. The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. and runs along Main Street in the village from Williamsville South High School to Los Robles Street. Fifty units are scheduled to participate, led by the Amherst Police honor guard and the Jolly Boys of Williamsville carryi…

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After more than a year of planning and construction, the restaurant at 7170 Transit Road in Amherst is close to debuting its new look and name. Novel Restaurant was formerly known as Amaretto Italian Bistro. Chef Richard Semonian and General Manager David Petruzzi, who own the place, closed their restaurant in April to expand. They hope to welcome customers again by the…

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An Amherst boy who was badly cut on the leg when a pogo stick broke under him will receive $75,000 from the Town of Amherst and the toy's manufacturer. The boy, then 10, was a participant in an after-school program sponsored by the town's Youth and Recreation Department. The Town Board on Monday approved paying a $37,500 settlement. Tennessee-based Big Time Toys will pa…

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The Chuck E. Cheese's on Harlem Road in Amherst that has been the scene of several acts of violence in the past 18 months will remain open – for now. The Amherst Town Board did not move to revoke the store's game room license Monday and instead praised Chuck E. Cheese's management for steps taken to improve security at the venue. At Monday's Town Board work session, …

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Why did the chicken cross South Union Road from Amherst to Williamsville? Because now it can. The Williamsville Village Board recently agreed to let homeowners raise chickens in their yards. Village trustees, egged on by a resident who wanted the law, acted five years after the town opened its doors to chickens. Williamsville isn't likely to see people flocking to…

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Jim McCormick has a favorite story about his feet. In 1961, at an Army ROTC summer camp at Fort Bragg, he was standing in formation outside his barracks, waiting with his buddies to be released for the weekend. One of his responsibilities was leaving his boots cleaned by his bed, and McCormick had them ready and waiting when his sergeant went inside to take a look. The …

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A bear that wandered into the backyard of a Getzville home and may be injured is the latest to cause a buzz in the region. James Horton of Foxberry Drive said he called 911 to report a bear in his backyard Saturday and was told by Amherst Police that the bear might have been hit by a car. Police searched for the animal in the woods near his home. "They've got him…