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Orchard Park Garden Club will sell fresh and dried arrangements, wreaths and more during Holiday in the Park, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the historic train depot, behind the Orchard Park Library. The sale benefits Beautify Orchard Park and the Western New York Railway Historical Society....East Aurora Garden Club will hold its Christmas “Celebration of Friendship” luncheon an…

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No-Shave November has ended, but beards are growing on and on. Winter is prime time to sprout a serious beard – or, as some have called it – a face coat. And thick rather than wispy seems to be the popular way to go.“I would say that a lot of people are keeping a fuller beard nowadays. I think maybe with the colder weather, people like keeping it longer. All five of us who…

Garden writer Sally Cunningham offers some helpful tips on selecting and caring for a Christmas tree in her column today. Now what about decorating it? Anyone who has admired a professionally decorated tree knows there are tricks to be learned. We asked experts to share a few.Whether your tree is fresh or faux, think deep, said one.“It’s best to get your lights in and out …

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The snowy owl must know Buffalo Niagara is the wisest place to be this winter.An early invasion of the large, northern bird that spends its summers chasing the frigid air north of the Arctic Circle has been spotted across the region this week, including Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Rochester and Chautauqua County.And on Wednesday, one female owl was perched atop …

Note: The 10-course truffle feast set for Sunday at Mike A’s at the Lafayette, and described in print editions of today’s paper, has been canceled because of problems obtaining the key ingredients.Chef Mike Andrzejewski said he learned Wednesday that he would not be able to get the prized white Italian and black French truffles the night’s menu was to highlight. The dinner…

A Cheektowaga man injured three years ago when a police cruiser crashed into his vehicle has settled a lawsuit against the Town of Amherst for $1.2 million.The Amherst Town Board on Monday consented to the $1.2 million for Michael Paoletta, after attorneys on both sides came to a settlement last week prior to a jury verdict.“We thought that was a fair compensation for what…

An architectural firm has been contracted to draw up designs for a $1 million expansion to the Amherst Town Court building on John James Audubon Parkway.Kideney Architects has been hired by the Amherst Town Board to perform the design work at a cost of $58,977.“We hope to see grant funding for the courthouse expansion,” Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein said. “In order to do t…

A Buffalo driver who was chased by Buffalo and Amherst police after he hit several cars near Bailey and Winspear avenues about 3 p.m. Tuesday was driving with a suspended license, authorities said. Amherst police said further charges will be lodged against Jamale White, 22. The commotion led to a brief lockdown of both Amherst Middle and Senior High schools. White was ar…

Owners of two low-income senior citizen apartment complexes are seeking tax breaks from the Town of Amherst for the next 30 years.M.J. Peterson Corp. and the Related Companies want to spend several million dollars updating the Brewster Mews and Pepper Tree Heights apartments, which the companies developed in the early 1980s.But as part of that, the partners want to renew t…

AmherstThe Alix Rice Peace Park Foundation is taking part in this week’s “Giving Tuesday” in hopes of achieving its goal of raising $30,000 to buy land for a skate park in Amherst.In its second year, Giving Tuesday – which falls on Dec. 3 this year – is a nationwide movement kicking off the charitable giving season on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.The non-profit foundatio…

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A band marched through the center of Hamburg. Santa danced on Main Street in East Aurora. More than 100 fire trucks paraded through the Village of Lancaster.Communities throughout the region on Saturday offered a counterpoint to the harried crowds and long lines of corporate retail as they sought to lure people in with special events. Parades, tree-lighting ceremonies and …

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In her 41 years in front a classroom, Sharon Syracuse has gone from chalkboards to smartboards. Her students have used everything from the Apple IIe to iPads. Lessons have gone from the adventures of Dick and Jane to the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia.Through it all, her colleagues say, the second-grade teacher has never stopped learning.“She’s an extremely reflective…

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It was the busiest shopping day of the year, but Monroe’s Place was dead.“We have Black Friday shoved down our throats since Halloween, but there we were and the store was no busier than any other day,” said Nancy Monroe, who goes by the single name Monroe.So four years ago, the Hamburg store owner organized Green Friday – a call to consumers to patronize the village’s sma…

A juror from the Dr. James G. Corasanti fatal hit-and-run DWI trial, who just finished serving a 15-day jail sentence in a Buffalo drunken-driving case, now faces up to a year in jail for driving drunk in Orchard Park.John F. Jankowiak Jr., 38, of South Buffalo, pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor driving while intoxicated Oct. 19 in the town, admitting that he was drivi…

A thief broke into three homes near North French Road in the Town of Amherst early Tuesday morning – all through unlocked doors.Friday, two women became the targets of an assailant who came up from behind them and punched them, robbing one of a cellphone, in separate incidents in Eggertsville.Police don’t believe the same person was involved in both sets of crimes, but the…