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Southern Erie CountyThe South Cascade-Miller Road Bridge in Springville will be closed Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.Village officials said that the structure, better known as the “old Route 219 Bridge”, is being inspected by the NYS Department of Transportation. Though it is scheduled to be closed for five days, the duration will depend upon on how quickly i…

ClarenceThe Clarence Town Board will hold its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. at Clarence Town Hall, 1 Town Place. The meeting will be preceded by a work session at 4:30 p.m. Also this week:• The Great Pumpkin Farm, 11199 Main St., will hold the final day of its annual Oinktoberfest BBQ Cook-off today. • Town Court will be held in front of Justice Powers from 5 to 8 p.m. Tues…

CheektowagaThe Fourth Annual Jill Farrar Mattice 5K Run/Fun Walk, hosted by the Cleveland Hill School District, will be held Saturday.Mattice, a 1996 graduate of Cleveland Hill High School, died Jan. 20, 2010, when her State Police patrol car collided with a tractor trailer as she left an Otsego County school were she was assigned as a resource officer. She was the first f…

West SenecaTwo projects involving Route 400 in West Seneca are among almost $21 million in improvements announced last week by state Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, R-Elma.The bridge carrying Route 400 over Route 240/Harlem Road will undergo a $7 million replacement, while eight miles of roadway along Route 400, between its intersection with the Thruway and Pound Road in Elma, …

City of TonawandaThe first annual “Step Up For Kids” run/walk against child abuse will be held Saturday in Niawanda Park.Sponsored by the Lee Gross Anthone Child Advocacy Center, the event will begin with registration at 9 a.m. in the park pavilion.Participants may register online at www.nyschildrensalliance.org. Contact Judith Olin at 886-5437 or jolin@catswny.org for mor…

Buffalo

Dr. Lorna Fitzpatrick, 44, was born in Belfast before her family moved to Ballycastle on the north shore of Ireland. Her father was a physician who moved his family to Buffalo in 1973 to take a job at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.Fitzpatrick, who was a preschooler at the time, can still recall her first crossing of the Peace Bridge.She grew up in Hamburg, and attended Nar…

LancasterThe Town of Lancaster has announced that ground breaking for the much-awaited $1.53 million Lancaster Depew Baseball League Indoor Baseball Facility at Westwood Park will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 30.The groundbreaking will be at the construction site, located near the west entrance of the park, just off Schwartz Road. Construction is expected to be completed by the…

HamburgVeterans counseling in Hamburg has expanded from one day a month to four days per week.“We knew there was a need for a counselor in the southtowns and unfortunately, we were only able to have one in Hamburg one day a month to start. After the program was up and running, the need was obvious,” Town Clerk Cathy Rybczynski said. “I continued to press state officials f…

AmherstCouncilman Mark Manna wants the Town Board to go on record against variances sought by the developer of a proposed senior rental housing apartment complex.Neighbors to the project at 1055 Youngs Road mobilized last week in response to news that Young Development has proposed turning a wooded plot of nearly 5½ acres bordered by the Park Place condominiums to the nort…

Anniversaries

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kubiak of Cheektowaga celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a special marital blessing and Mass in St. Andrew Catholic Church, Sloan, followed by a family dinner in Kiebzak’s Restaurant and a trip to Aruba. Mr. Kubiak and Carol Pajak were married Sept. 7, 1963, in St. Josaphat Catholic Church, Cheektowaga. He is a retired superintendent of buildi…

Jan. 8, 1924 – Sept. 16, 2013When Dr. Emanuel Amato arrived in the United States in 1955 with $150 in his pocket and his medical degree from the University of Palermo in Sicily, he spoke virtually no English. He went on to a long career as a psychiatrist at several Buffalo hospitals.Dr. Amato died Monday at his Orchard Park home. He was 89.Following a medical residency in …

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Doris Kearns Goodwin remembers the way history came alive for her, as a young girl visiting the Hyde Park estate of former President Franklin D. Roosevelt.Decades later, she still can see the pair of FDR’s pince-nez eyeglasses sitting on the desk of his study.“He can’t be dead," she told her parents. “He left his glasses here.”That’s why Goodwin couldn’t wait to get to Buf…

Erie County

You see them sweeping beaches and parks, hunting for buried treasure.They are relic hunters with metal detectors in hand and ear phones on their heads listening for the sweet clicking sound of discovery. Perhaps an old coin. Maybe a ring. More often, it is an old pop top from a beer can. Then there are some true legendary finds, like the retired electrician in England who …

Two men who were shot while robbing a man on Minnesota Avenue this summer are among 13 people convicted this month on felony weapons charges in Erie County.Robert Moore, 19, and Bernard Byrd, 22, each pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon and robbery. The pair accosted a man at gunpoint on Minnesota Avenue July 28 and fired at least once while robbing him of hi…

New York State is looking to re-stripe a section of South Park Avenue in Hamburg after nearly four dozen accidents over a three-year period. The work would result in four lanes instead of two, with a turning lane in the middle.The two-way, center turn lane would extend from Milestrip Road to Big Tree Road. The reason for the change is to cut down on the number of rear-end …