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Amherst police were continuing Tuesday to try to track down three suspicious men, including two would-be armed robbers, who were spotted in the Cranburne Lane-Delamare Road area of the town Monday night. Calls came in about a man dressed in dark clothing and periodically looking over his shoulders in a suspicious manner. While checking on those calls, officers were told by…

The outcome of the Nov. 5 elections changed little Tuesday after the absentee ballots were opened and counted for five suburban races still hanging in the balance.Those leading on Election Day in Amherst, Hamburg, Orchard Park, the City of Tonawanda and Newstead were either declared winners or maintained a large enough lead that victory is all but official.That means Hambu…

A man armed with a handgun forced his way into a KFC restaurant on Bailey Avenue in Eggertsville Monday morning, robbed the store and forced two workers into a freezer, Amherst police said today.The robbery occurred at about 8:50 a.m. at the fried chicken eatery, located at 3962 Bailey Ave.The robber, who had what police said was a “small handgun,” ordered the employees to…

The pastor of the largest Catholic parish in Western New York has been named the new head of Christ the King Seminary in Aurora.The Rev. Joseph C. Gatto, pastor of St. Gregory the Great Church in Amherst, will become president and rector of the seminary on June 1, 2014, succeeding the Rev. Peter J. Drilling. Bishop Richard J. Malone, chairman of the Christ the King Seminar…

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Many young people who love animals want to become veterinarians, although few of them know exactly what that involves.“Most young students believe that veterinarians just hold puppies and kittens all day,” said Rene van Ee, DVM a veterinary surgeon at Sheridan Animal Hospital in the Town on Tonawanda.Those myths are dispelled every year for about 50 young people age 14 to …

A mix of market-rate apartments and townhouses is being proposed on four acres at the end of Linwood Avenue and South Forest Road in Amherst.The 55-unit project is being planned by developer Andrew Romanowski on two vacant, wooded parcels at 170 Linwood and 186 South Forest.The Amherst Town Board on Monday night was asked to rezone the property from residential to multi-fa…

An apparent electrical problem sparked a bedroom fire that displaced seven people from their homes in an Amherst duplex late Sunday night, Amherst fire officials reported.Volunteer firefighters from Ellicott Creek, Getzville and the North Amherst Fire Co. responded to a 10:59 p.m. alarm at 38 Berehaven Drive, just west of Sweet Home Road, between East Robinson and Tonawand…

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Born and raised in Lackawanna, James J. McGovern seemed destined to work at Bethlehem Steel, joining “my whole relations, my father, my brother, my father’s brother, and a couple of my cousins.”McGovern worked in the sheet metal mill, and it was plenty hot.“My father and my uncle worked in the No. 3 open-hearth mill and that was a lot hotter.”But less than a year after the…

AmherstThe Sweet Home Alumni Association has dedicated a Military Wall of Honor to the Sweet Home graduates who served in the Armed Forces.The alumni association dedicated the military wall during a formal ceremony Friday evening at Sweet Home High School, 1901 Sweet Home Road, where the Wall of Honor is located inside the main lobby.Some 90 veterans will be recognized on …

The University at Buffalo won two design awards from BUILDINGS magazine’s annual “Best Buildings of the Year,” a contest for commercial and institutional facilities.William R. Greiner Hall, a residential hall for sophomores on the North Campus, won the grand prize for new construction. The UB-Kaleida Health building on the Downtown Campus, which houses Gates Vascular Insti…

The public can weigh in on the future of mass transit in the Amherst-Buffalo corridor during two upcoming workshops studying how to accommodate increasing transportation needs.Kimberley A. Minkel, executive director of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, said the sessions, co-sponsored by the NFTA and Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transit Council, will seek i…

Alphonso O’Neil-White, former chief executive officer of HealthNow New York, and his wife, Marcia, executive director of Buffalo Prep at the University at Buffalo, will be honored as co-recipients of the sixth annual Buffalo Bills Alumni Citizen of the Year Award, association President Ed Rutkowski announces.Rutkowski will present the award to the couple at the Monday Quar…

We’ll start learning the election winners from last week’s close suburban races Tuesday.That’s when the Erie County Board of Elections will count and reveal results of the absentee ballots from across the county, which should tell the winner in the handful of close races still hanging in the balance.They include the supervisor’s races in Hamburg and Orchard Park, the conte…

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Michael Lindhurst lost both legs when he stepped on a land mine in Vietnam in 1969.Brent Billings suffered a severe ligament tear in his wrist while working on an aircraft weapons system in the Persian Gulf in 2006.Now they’re on the same team, two men from different wars and eras, 42 years apart in age.Both play on the Buffalo Sled Vets, one of four teams in this weekend’…

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Construction has been allowed to continue on a new gymnasium for Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, now that the school is working out a parking plan that will appease the Town of Amherst.Amherst Building Commissioner Thomas C. Ketchum issued a stop-work order on the $3 million project for four days last week until lifting that order Friday.“We basically identified a way…