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Plans to dig a 7-acre, 10 million-gallon fertilizer storage pit on a Royalton farm have sparked disagreement between town officials and the developer. Denali Water Solutions operates anaerobic digesters in Wheatfield and West Seneca. They use microbes to turn food waste into methane gas that can be used to generate electricity. The digesters, built by Quasar Energy Grou…

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ALBANY – State legislators in New York have commenced a new legal maneuver to get President Trump's New York State tax information into the hands of Congress. The move comes just days after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told congressional investigators he would not comply with a subpoena to turn over the president's personal tax returns. State lawmakers pushing…

Cheektowaga

An Elder Law Day sponsored by Erie County Department of Senior Services will provide information to assist older adults in making informed choices about their health and financial well-being. The daylong program will take place from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 6 at the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Seminars will be offered for seniors, their families,…

Education

The public is invited to a meeting of the Anti-bullying Task Force from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the main auditorium of the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway. This community-wide initiative is spearheaded by the Erie County juvenile justice system and the Buffalo Public Schools and includes representatives from as many as two dozen local partners, includ…

Erie County

People challenged by poverty and disability who are in search of legal advice may soon reap the benefits of free pop-up clinics through a new service provided by Neighborhood Legal Services, said Lauren Breen, the agency's executive director. The Justice Bus will increase access to legal assistance for underserved residents of urban and rural communities across Erie, Ni…

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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French novelist and playwright Honore de Balzac, born on this date in 1799, “It is easy to sit up and take notice. What is difficult is getting up and taking action.” • • • BIG STICK – One of history’s mightiest men of action, President Theodore Roosevelt, is the focus of the free IMAGINE series at noon Tuesday in the Central Library on Lafayet…

Watchdog

Children enrolled in Community Action Organization's after-school and summer programs are typically handed simple items for their meals: yogurt, cereal bars or granola bars. Then a staff member started ordering more substantial fare: whole chickens, bacon and vegetables, with onions and potatoes arriving in 50-pound bags. The change prompted an internal audit at the ant…

Buffalo

After 23 years in the military, Janet Smith's service didn't end when she retired as an Army staff sergeant in 2004. She was commander of the American Legion Jesse Clipper Post 430 from 2011 to 2013, and has been president of its Women's Auxiliary Post since then. She has coordinated Memorial Day ceremonies for the past five years at Jesse Clipper Square at Michigan …

Buffalo

Fifty years ago, Catholic priests who sexually abused children in the Buffalo Diocese would have no worries about getting arrested. But they had to worry about something else: Monsignor Franklin M. Kelliher, a stocky, tough-as-nails former boxing champion who also fought as a professional wrestler known as “The Masked Marvel.” Kelliher served an unofficial role as a …

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Pull out your driver’s license. Take a good look at it. If you don’t see a black-circled star or a picture of an American flag, your license won’t allow you to board any commercial flight or even enter certain federal buildings as of October 2020. But you might not want to wait long to act, given the tougher standards required for an upgraded ID and in case you've mi…

Business

ALBANY – Millions of New York City tenants over the years have enjoyed some level of stability in their monthly rent thanks to protections given by state lawmakers and governors over the decades. Now, there is a push by some Democratic lawmakers to bolster residential tenants across the state, a move that advocates say will afford tenants more security against evictions…

Crime

A resident of Military Road near Glor Street told Buffalo police Sunday afternoon that someone removed $16,000 and a safe worth $3,000 from his home overnight. The man said that the thief or thieves entered the home between 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 11:32 a.m. Sunday, probably through an entry door that doesn't lock properly. The victim described the safe as a small st…

Crime

Two people were arrested Saturday after they allegedly tried to leave a store with 20 items stashed in a wheelchair, Town of Niagara Police reported. Berten E. Garlic, 51, and Nicole C. Cain, 43, who both gave addresses on South Avenue in Niagara Falls, were charged with petit larceny and third-degree burglary after they were stopped about 2:30 p.m. at the Walmart Super…

Crime

A woman who was arrested following a stabbing incident returned home Saturday to find she also was the victim of a crime, Niagara Falls Police reported. Jillian L. Campbell, 34, of Mackenna Avenue, told police that items valued at nearly $350 were taken while she was in custody. Missing were a quantity of Xanax pills, a cellphone, assorted items of clothing and Campbell…

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MercyFlight was called to take two occupants of a car to Erie County Medical Center Sunday afternoon after a single-car crash on Eden Evans Center Road in Evans. Eden Evans Center Road was closed for nearly four hours following the crash, which happened between Townline Road and Versailles Plank Road. The road reopened around 7:30 p.m., an Evans emergency dispatcher sai…