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BuffaloA public hearing on a request to demolish the former Erie Freight House on the Buffalo River will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 901 of City Hall. Savarino Companies is planning apartments and office space at the site, but the freight house, at 441 Ohio St., has been designated a city landmark, and the Preservation Board has to approve the demolition request.…

West SenecaA 15-month celebration of the 150th anniversary of Fourteen Holy Helpers Parish, on Indian Church Road in Gardenville, begins at noon today with a Mass celebrated by the Rev. David Bellittiere.A reception follows in Msgr. Ebner Parish Hall.The Diocese of Buffalo purchased the church and its properties from the Community of True Inspiration, known as the Ebenezer…

CheektowagaA Cheektowaga Central High School graduate has been voted Female Artist of the Year by fans of a country music radio station.Lisa Racki Barrett, who graduated in 1986, won that category in the 2013 Clays Country Music Awards – sponsored by Clays Country Radio – after her music was featured for several months and listeners voted online.Her music will continue to …

Like a football player at age 40, Ralph Wilson Stadium needs reconstructive surgery. That operation is coming in the next 10 months, part of the $130 million renovation project that gathers steam after the season and should be completed for the season opener in 2014.The changes are designed to make the aging facility more fan-friendly, increase advertising and sponsorship …

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Like a football player at age 40, Ralph Wilson Stadium needs reconstructive surgery. That operation is coming in the next 10 months, part of the $130 million renovation project that gathers steam after the season and should be completed for the season opener in 2014.The changes are designed to make the aging facility more fan-friendly, increase advertising and sponsorship …

A well-made documentary film, in ways fundamentally different from a well-written story or an excellent photograph, can illuminate new facets of a subject you thought you already knew.Take John Paget’s gorgeously photographed video “Buffalo: America’s Best-Designed City,” now playing on all your friends’ Facebook pages, which zooms out far enough in time and space to serve…

AldenAlden residents interested in learning about the inner-workings of Mercy Flight will have the chance next weekend, when Crittenden Volunteer Fire Department holds its inaugural Community Day.The event starts at noon on Saturday and goes until 3 p.m. at the fire department, 13415 Genesee St. The Mercy Flight helicopter is scheduled to land around 12:30 p.m., and a crew…

Grand IslandGet fired up for a chance to meet some local heroes up close and personal.The Grand Island Fire Company will hold an open house Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 2275 Baseline Road.There will be live fire-fighting and auto extrication demonstrations, a complete display of fire and rescue equipment and a chance for kids to practice using hoses.Also this week:• T…

City of TonawandaA Family Fun Day is planned for today from noon to 3 p.m. at Fiorella’s Garden Center, 55 Delaware Street at the corner of Delaware and Fletcher.The all-ages event will include pumpkin painting, contests, crafts for Halloween and refreshments.Also this week:• A regular meeting of the School Board will be held at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday in the library media cente…

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Adrian Harris bagged his first peak with New York’s Mount Marcy in September 1996. The following year, he climbed three more high points in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. Soon after, the South Buffalo resident declared his intent to climb the highest points in 48 contiguous states.This summer, Harris achieved his goal when he scaled Kings Peak in Utah at 13,528 feet. Th…

Town of TonawandaA pair of work sessions will be held this week by the Town Board, as it fine-tunes the 2014 tentative budget presented by Supervisor Anthony F. Caruana.The roughly $98.8 million spending plan, which is a compilation of requests submitted by department heads, reflects an approximately $3.7 million increase in appropriations from the current year. Most of th…

ClarenceJohn Montague, executive director of the Buffalo Maritime Museum, will give a talk about ships that cruised the Great Lakes during the War of 1812 at the Clarence Historical Society’s meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday.The meeting will take place at the Main Street Town Park Clubhouse, 10405 Main Street.The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served…

DepewA candidates’ hour featuring those running for Congress, New York State assembly and Erie County Legislature will be held Friday morning at Southeast Works at 181 Lincoln St.The 18th annual candidates’ forum hosted by Southeast Works and the Development Disabilities Alliance of Western New York is expected to feature Mayor Byron Brown, Tim Howard, Ed Rath, Burt Dunn, …

HamburgInterim Frontier Schools Superintendent Paul G. Hashem announced last week that the district’s principals and teachers all performed well on the new individual state-approved report cards evaluating them, based on growth, student performance and other factors.“All of our principals were [rated] either highly effective or effective, as well as our teachers,” Hashem r…

AmherstThe Amherst Town Clerk’s Office will have alternative methods of payment and extended office hours for collection of school taxes, which are due on or before Oct. 15.Taxes can be paid by mail, in person, online or at a local Key Bank branch, said Town Clerk Marjory Jaeger.Online payments by e-check, credit and debit cards can be made at www.amherst.ny.us.Full paymen…