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Some scarecrows greet shoppers at store entrances. Others smile from stakes on people’s lawns – or sit slightly slumped over on bales of straw or in wheelbarrows.Scarecrows can be scary, but more often than not they pack plenty of personality into their humanlike frames. While some are store-bought, others are stuffed, dressed and adorned by hand – their faces fashioned to…

In court Thursday for the sentencing of her one-time teacher, a 14-year-old girl recounted how she once liked and admired William Kuhn.“He was a fantastic teacher who challenged band students,” the student said of the former Kenmore Middle School teacher and band director.But Kuhn broke the law and violated the trust of students, their parents and the community when he sen…

Amherst

Voters in Amherst got to know their candidates for elective office at a forum Thursday, and with the exception of a few political jabs, the event remained civil, as incumbents touted their records and challengers stated their platforms.The League of Women Voters hosted the forum at the Amherst Center for Senior Services, where more than 75 people heard a three-minute pitch…

Buffalo

Those without cars in the North Buffalo and Grant-Amherst areas have a new option to get around with the expansion of Buffalo CarShare.The nonprofit organization announced Thursday that it has added its 17th vehicle to its fleet of gas, hybrid and full-electric cars. The vehicles are available for $8 an hour.The additional vehicle will occupy the space long reserved for Au…

Buffalo

A daycare center specifically for at-risk children opened today on Buffalo’s East Side.The Children’s Center for Success is a pilot project launched by the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County that aims to address specific behavioral, health or educational challenges faced by at-risk youth.Early trauma and chronic stress that these youngsters experience is a product of comi…

A new housing unit catering specifically to incarcerated veterans was unveiled today to at the Erie County Holding Center.Member of the Veterans Administration and Buffalo Veterans Court Judge Robert Russell joined Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard for the official opening of the new housing area, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the state aimed at addr…

A Colden woman was arrested on Wednesday after allegedly upsetting a pumpkin cart in the yard of a Boston area home with her SUV. The cart – a haywagon filled with pumpkins for sale – reportedly was hit, along with a mailbox and fence, when Barbara J. Bender-Suto lost control of her Mercury Mountaineer on Route 391.Bender-Suto, 52, was charged with felony DWI and DWAI-drug…

Buffalo

A robber who couldn’t shoot straight showed serious disrespect to one of Buffalo’s most popular pizzerias Thursday morning, and La Nova employees chased him down.“That punk is lucky he’s not wearing the baseball bat they keep behind the counter,” Art McDonald, a customer of the West Side pizzeria, said Thursday evening as he and others tried to digest the unthinkable – som…

The State Attorney General’s Homeownership Protection Program has awarded almost $1.1 million to five local housing counseling and legal service organizations to help with free homeowner counseling programs to avoid foreclosures.Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced $20 million in grants Wednesday to fund 54 housing counseling and 34 legal services for homeowners…

A series of email exchanges about a routine resolution over a skate park erupted into angry words during the Lancaster Town Board work session earlier this week.Supervisor Dino Fudoli – the lone Republican on the five-member Town Board – lashed out at Councilman Ronald Ruffino Sr., demanding an apology for a recent email exchange between Fudoli’s secretary, Lynn M. Sacha, …

Even with the 2014-15 school budget vote still six months away, the Iroquois School Board is focusing on how to improve the budget process.The district will conduct at least three budget work sessions per year, increase signage, send out invitations to community groups and conduct an exit poll at every budget vote. Superintendent Douglas Scofield said last week he hopes th…

Two Buffalo men are being held on charges they were part of a burglary ring that broke into four Southtowns homes, tried to enter another and planned to hit two others over a one-month period before they were arrested in June.Sean Guthrie, 20, of East Lovejoy Street, and Joseph Harden, 19, of North Ogden Street pleaded innocent before State Supreme Court Justice M. William…

Safe trick-or-treating will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at small businesses along Elmwood Avenue. The event is open to children ages 10 and younger, in costume, and their parents. Participating businesses will have posters in the windows that read, “Get Your Treats Here.” The Elmwood Village Association is planning the event.

Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard encourages residents to get rid of unwanted and expired medications in the seventh annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Drugs can be dropped off without questions at the following locations:• SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Ave.• Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2665 South Park Ave.• Millar…

An unveiling ceremony for the latest names added to the Wall of Honor at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park will be held this afternoon. A reception at 3 p.m. will be followed by the unveiling at 3:30.The Wall of Honor, a permanent exhibit, pays tribute to men and women from Western New York who have served in all branches of the armed forces. For each name,…