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The national commander of the American Legion, James W. “Bill” Oxford, from North Carolina, will tour the World War I exhibit at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo. His visit will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the American Legion in 1919 that followed the war. He will be accompanied by statewide…

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Hilbert College has formally installed its fourth president, Michael S. Brophy. Brophy, who took office at the Hamburg college in January, said the college has the opportunity to embrace a 21st century higher education model, while the sustaining and deepening the Franciscan gifts and tradition. “In those times of discernment, and there will be many, all we have to d…

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AL Asphalt Corp. is taking the Town of Hamburg to State Supreme Court over the plant the company wants to open on Camp Road near Legion Drive. Opposition has grown since the company announced it was planning to operate an asphalt plant on the site of a former concrete manufacturing facility. The land is zoned for manufacturing, but critics say it will generate toxic fum…

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Fall foliage and spooky Halloween steam engine rides return this month from the Hamburg Depot, 4 Scott St. The trips on the Buffalo, Cattaraugus & Jamestown Scenic Railway will be pulled by a steam locomotive that was constructed by the Baldwin Locomotive Works for the American Viscose Co. in 1925. Fall foliage trips will depart Hamburg at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and…

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Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve is offering free admission Saturday for its 22nd annual Erie County Earth Science Day. There will be hands-on activities and demonstrations for all ages, as well as plenty of time for fossil hunting during the event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The first 500 visitors will receive a complimentar…

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Taxes in the Town of Hamburg would go up less than 2% next year under Supervisor James M. Shaw's proposed budget, despite losing a big chunk of assessed value when McKinley Mall's assessment was lowered. Under a settlement reached earlier this year, the mall's $23 million assessment was lowered to $14.8 million for next year, but the overall assessment in the town rose …

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Chicago Blackhawks superstar and South Buffalo native Patrick Kane has sold his Hamburg lakeside mansion for $2.5 million, according to real property records. The 5,878 square-foot home on Old Lake Shore Road has been on the market for three years and was originally listed for $3.2 million. Kane bought the home for $2.86 million in 2012 and poured an estimated half-mill…

Obituaries

Oct. 13, 1938 – Sept. 17, 2019 Gerald A. Wahlenmayer, a retired Orchard Park High School teacher and golf coach, died Sept. 17 after a brief illness in his winter home in The Villages, Fla. He was 80. Born in Buffalo, he was a 1957 graduate of Orchard Park High School, where he was a varsity basketball player. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in socia…

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There are the Skyway enthusiasts – the ones who love the views and the access. There are the show me folks – the ones willing to accept the road's removal, if it doesn't affect their commute. And then there are the ones just waiting for something – anything – to be done with the elevated roadway over the Buffalo River that is old enough to collect Social Security. …

Crime

The fatal stabbing of a woman at the McKinley Mall Wednesday is not the first time the suspect, Keith R. Sparks, has been accused of acting violently toward a woman with whom he previously had a romantic relationship. In January 2010, a woman who already had an order of protection against Sparks, accused him of threatening to kill her, according to a Buffalo police repo…

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Onlookers in Hamburg Town Court on Thursday morning yelled "lady killer" and "clown" at Keith R. Sparks, who had just been arraigned on a second-degree murder charge. Sparks, 43, stands accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death at the McKinley Mall on Wednesday. Police said Sparks followed the victim and her friend to the Hamburg shopping center and chased them …

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A woman was fatally stabbed this afternoon in the Sears store at McKinley Mall, said Hamburg Police Chief Gregory Wickett. Police and paramedics administered first aid to the victim, who they found alive but unconscious, but were not able save her, Wickett said. Police were looking for a male assailant, who fled the store by car. Authorities believe the two knew each…

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The owner of the Wanakah Grill in Lake View has pleaded guilty to pocketing more than $40,000 in sales taxes collected from his customers. James Rath, 60, of Lake View, pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny, a misdemeanor, and will pay more than $40,000 in restitution, according to the state Department of Taxation and Finance. He is due back in State Supreme Court i…

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A 16-year-old is expected to be arrested and charged Tuesday in connection with Monday's incident in which an email threat caused a shelter in place to be instituted at Frontier High School and Big Tree Elementary, according to the Hamburg Police Department. "While the investigation is currently still ongoing, it is anticipated that charges will be filed" in Erie County…