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Police across the area charged motorists in West Seneca, Ripley and Clarence overnight for driving while intoxicated, including one who was charged with a violation of Leandra’s Law for having a minor in the vehicle.A 21-year-old Hamburg man lost control of his vehicle at 4 a.m. today and struck a parked car on Warren Avenue near Center Road in West Seneca, town police rep…

BuffaloThe Common Council will hold a ceremony in honor of the victims and heroes of Sept. 11. at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Niagara Square. The ceremony will include a seven-foot tall stainless steel memorial, engraved with the names of the victims, created by Steel Crazy Iron Art in Black Rock. The memorial will be available for public viewing until 2 p.m. Also this week:• The C…

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NORTH TONAWANDA – The big thing Lumberjack’s Patio Grill has going for it – aside from a gorgeous view of the upper Niagara River – is the fact that its menu, though limited, focuses strongly on locally produced products.There are Wardynski’s hot dogs, Costanzo’s rolls, DiRuss sausage, Anderson’s ice cream. They even rely upon local farmers for their fresh produce. It’s a …

Southern Erie CountyUpstate Niagara Cooperative took top honors in five categories at this year’s New York State Fair in Syracuse. The company won Dairy Day Awards in a variety of categories at the regional competition, including top awards for Upstate Farms yogurt, Bison dip and Upstate Farms buttermilk. Upstate Niagara’s sour cream, marketed under the Bison brand label, …

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BURT – The rooster crows, a hummingbird darts around the side porch of the 1850 red brick Italianate home, and people stoop in the gardens to pick collard greens and peppers. The red barn looms behind the house, offering visitors dark, cool relief from the hot sun and the opportunity to see an Underground Railroad hiding spot in its basement, next to an icehouse and smokeh…

HamburgVisitors from 38 states, Washington, D.C., and nine countries have searched for trilobites, brachiopods, corals and fossil fish and plant remains this year at the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center, 4050 North St.Special programming continues with a fossil-astronomy program from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Viewing sun spots and solar flare…

New season, new coach, new quarterback. Maybe even some new stars.And from The Buffalo News, new ways to be the smartest football fan in your neighborhood.As the pro football season begins – the 54th for the Buffalo Bills and, we are sorry to say, the 14th since the Bills were last in the playoffs – The News is starting the season with a new Bills smartphone app, a new foo…

Aurora/East AuroraThe school year begins with new chances for young musicians in need of lessons and high school kids interested in getting college credit for vocational study in environmental science.The Community Music School, now in its 90th year in Buffalo, has expanded its offerings in East Aurora and will open Tuesday in its new satellite space at the Boys and Girls …

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Mr. and Mrs. William A. Page of Cheektowaga celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family gathering. Mr. Page and the former Earlie M. Terrell were married Aug. 29, 1953, in the bride’s home in Buffalo. He is a retired construction worker for Local 210. She is retired from Buffalo China. They have five children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

LEWISTON – Whether it’s the raucous rides, the popular parade or outstanding peach shortcake, everyone has his or her favorite at the Niagara County Peach Festival, planned for Friday through Sunday in Academy Park.But the one underlying theme to this community event, presented by the Kiwanis Club of Lewiston, is its history of donating more than $1 million to area organiz…

Grand IslandThe Buffalo Launch Club will host its 36th annual antique boat show Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 503 East River Road. Admission is free.The event will kick off with a parade of boats leaving from the club and traveling to Canalside in the Buffalo Harbor.More than 150 restored wood and fiberglass boats will be displayed throughout the day Saturday.From …

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Mr. and Mrs. Jack Herzbrun of Cheektowaga, formerly of Getzville and Sunrise, Fla., celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with special events. A Simchat Shabbat celebration was held in August at Temple Beth Tzedek in Amherst, followed by a party with live entertainment for all residents at Village at Maplewood. A family dinner is planned in Salvatore’s Italian Gardens,…

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YOUNGSTOWN – The Village of Youngstown is pursuing grants to potentially purchase an empty lot at 347 Main St. with a spectacular view and an interesting history.Mayor Raleigh Reynolds said, “If we could get 100 percent funding through grants, and it would not cost the taxpayers a penny, we would try to purchase the property. But if we would need taxpayer money to buy it, …

AmherstRoad paving will begin this week on North Union and North Forest Roads, the state Department of Transportation announced.Lanes in both directions will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday on Union between Main Street and Sheridan Drive.Flaggers will alternate the use of one lane in the work zone and motorists should expect delays, officials said.…

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Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smith of Sndyer Beach in Irving, and Alamo, Texas, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner in the Roycroft Inn, East Aurora. Mr. Smith and Nan Robinson were married Aug. 15, 1953, in St. Bridget Catholic Church, Buffalo. He is a retired Buffalo firefighter and operating engineer for Higgins Engineering. They have four children an…