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A private contractor Wednesday struck a gas line at the intersection of Grover Cleveland Highway and Maynard Drive in Amherst, according to a spokeswoman for National Fuel Gas. Two nearby homes were evacuated, said Karen L. Merkel, the spokeswoman for National Fuel. "We have crews that are on site to make the situation safe, which we anticipate will be anytime in the…

Obituaries

June 18, 1940 – Aug. 3, 2019 Bruce E. Fowler, of Clarence, a former Fowler’s Chocolates executive who went on to establish his own chocolate-making business, died Aug. 3 in GreenField Heath and Rehabilitation Center, Lancaster, after a brief illness. He was 79. Born in Buffalo, he was the grandson of Joseph Fowler, who began a business in 1901 to sell chocolates and …

Buffalo

Retired parole officer Angelo J. Ervolina said he first met Bishop James A. McNulty in 1965 on his newspaper route, which included the bishop's mansion on Oakland Place. Ervolina said he proudly told the bishop he was heading soon on a trip to New York City with his parish pastor, Monsignor Michael J. Harrington. But when the bishop asked him later about the trip, Er…

Buffalo

The Statler Cafe has officially opened at the Martin House Complex. The cafe is located adjacent to the carriage house and Barton House and offers "grab and go” sandwiches, salads, hot and cold beverages and snacks. It will be open from spring to fall to coincide with tours. The Statler Foundation, established in 1934 and named in honor of hotel executive Ellsworth S…

Buffalo

Below are summaries of the 115 Child Victims Act lawsuits filed this week in five Western New York counties over old allegations of sexual abuse. Nearly all of the people accused of molesting children were Catholic priests, and the Buffalo Diocese is a defendant in at least 104 lawsuits. But the Boy Scouts of America, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, the East Aurora …

Health and Fitness

A black person can expect to live five years less in Erie County than someone who is white, and nearly seven years less than the New York State average. The mortality rate for a black child in the county is more than twice as high as for a child who is white – and that black child is almost five times more likely to live in poverty. Almost half of black children in E…

Buffalo

Forty-nine years ago he was told he should be excommunicated when he reported that a priest at Fourteen Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca had molested him. Twenty-five years ago he was told that he couldn't sue the priest or the church because the statue of limitations on such cases had run out. On Wednesday, just after the stroke of midnight, Chris Szuflita saw a m…

Buffalo

Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone apologized again Tuesday evening to clergy sexual abuse victims hours before many of them planned to file lawsuits against the diocese under the Child Victims Act. Malone, who lobbied state lawmakers against passage of the Child Victims Act as recently as 2018, said he hoped that the law will go a long way toward providing surviv…

Buffalo

The Central Library’s unremarkable side lawn was once best-known as a rest stop for neighborhood pets. But after two years of planning, the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library on Tuesday unveiled a new public park in the underused space – with hopes that it will soon become a downtown destination. The Reading Park, as its founders have dubbed it, includes new, p…

Buffalo

The long-awaited Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor artistic archway is up and ready to spotlight Buffalo's rich African American culture and heritage. Spanning Michigan Avenue between Broadway and William Street, the archway aims to make the African American Heritage Corridor a destination point. It will be illuminated at night and serve as a beacon to …

Local News

The Town of Clarence wants to replace a group of outdated wooden structures on its Highway Department campus on Goodrich Road. The new building would be safer, more efficient to operate and more accessible to people with disabilities, Supervisor Patrick Casilio said. The town owns about 100 acres at 6185 Goodrich Road, in Clarence Center, and some structures date bac…

Buffalo

Surveillance video proved decisive Tuesday as a judge found a fired Buffalo police officer not guilty of harassment in the bar fight that cost him his job. Andrew T. Rechin's decision to throw a punch "was just as likely a reaction to a fear from harm" as it was an intention to harass someone, said Buffalo City Court Judge Diane Y. Wray. Wray said that when she slowe…

Construction and Growth

Carley Hill was talking last year with William Geary, commissioner of the Erie County Department of Public Works, when the topic of Como Lake in Lancaster came up. "I said, 'What lake?' " Hill recalled, after she inspected the site. “All I saw was a peninsula straddled by two streams of water, and in some places the peninsula was 10 to 15 feet tall." But the lake is …

Buffalo

The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation announced Tuesday at Cazenovia Park that it has awarded a $3 million grant to the not-for-profit parks organization that manages and maintains an 850-acre system of city-owned parks, parkways and circles designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The grant -- the largest in the conservancy's 15-year history -- comes after the city on July 25 r…

City of Tonawanda

Five elected officials from the Tonawandas issued a statement Tuesday condemning recent recruiting efforts by hate groups in their communities. A Ku Klux Klan chapter recently passed flyers in the area, but City of Tonawanda Council President Jenna Koch said those weren't unique. "In the past two years, there have been at least five known door-to-door canvasses by wh…