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LOCKPORT – A Niagara University student has suggested that a roller street-hockey rink be built in Day Road Park.Greg Johnston, of Old Beattie Road, told the Town Board on Wednesday that he and several of his fellow NU students are willing to raise money and provide labor for the rink, but Town Supervisor Marc R. Smith said he’s concerned about potential liability.“I’m def…

Erie County

David Howes’ collection of props from the Jim Carrey Grinch movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” started small and then, like the Grinch’s undersized heart, it grew and grew and grew.The collection started with a single oversized shiny red teardrop ornament for $60 and now includes things from eBay with prices he’d rather not discuss: A pink umbrella “Pumbersella” baske…

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Even before you enter the mall, airport, post office or store, the stress and frustration of parking can kill your holiday cheer.Maybe it’s the parking hog who takes up two spaces or the creeper who circles like a vulture looking for an open parking spot.Don’t be freaked out by holiday parking.There are ways for drivers to avoid parking fines, towing bills and the parking …

Buffalo

The North Park Theatre’s marquee erupted in a whirl of reds and yellows, vertical blues, and greens and oranges Friday, as the relighting of the refurbished attraction signaled the 1920 moviehouse’s rebirth.Bigger surprises are coming in late January, when Buffalo’s last neighborhood theater – boasting the city’s largest screen – reopens in its former glory with independen…

Best foot forwardThere are teachable moments, and then there are marketable moments.Vermont hunter Colin Phillips experienced both two weeks ago when he spent hours stranded in Genesee County’s Alabama swamps after falling through the ice into waist-deep water while tracking a deer he had shot. Two local firefighters who came to his aid also became stranded. That’s when th…

National Fuel Gas Co. will pay $7.5 million to customers and homeowners in Western New York as part of a settlement with the State Public Service Commission for earning excessive profits.A portion of the money will be returned to 516,000 commercial and residential customers in Western New York, a portion will pay for energy-efficiency upgrades for homeowners, and a portion…

LOCKPORT – A North Tonawanda man avoided prison time Friday for his role in two beatings of the same victim.Joseph T. Fago, 19, of Sisson Drive, had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree burglary in exchange for his testimony against his co-defendant, Walter M. Edwards, 29, of Oliver Street. A jury convicted Edwards Oct. 25 of first-degree burglary,…

Erie County

Aug. 23, 1934 – Dec. 2, 2013Elizabeth J. “Betty” Pilger, of Orchard Park, who served as an elections inspector and was active in church and school organizations, died Monday in Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. She was 79.Born Elizabeth Thomas in Lackawanna, she was a graduate of Orchard Park High School and, for many years, had planned class reunions.Mrs. Pilger worke…

The Buffalo man who was hit by a car that also killed a woman on Kenmore Avenue Thursday was listed in stable condition Friday in Erie County Medical Center. Kevin Nowak, 55, and Sandra Garner, 52, also of Buffalo, were crossing the street when they were struck by a 2013 Toyota Corolla turning left from the section of the Budwey’s supermarket parking lot controlled by a t…

• Avoid parking between a pair of tall SUVs or minivans that may make it difficult for you to back out. If you’re having trouble, ask for help from one of your passengers.• Try backing into a parking space. Or “pull through” two spaces open nose-to-nose. It’s easier to drive out of a parking spot than it is to back out.• Look out for children who can be difficult to see in…

A Kenmore woman was arrested at the Walden Galleria twice over three days.Keiaettiaye White, 30, of Claremont Avenue , was arrested at the mall on Sunday by Officer Emil Devincentis for possessing burglar tools, Cheektowaga police said. Her accused accomplice, Zina Mayhem, 49, of Minnesota Avenue, was in possession of two iPods stolen from the Apple Store and a large purse…

Two inmates at the Attica Correctional Facility are dead and another was taken to an area hospital, state officials said Friday.State Police and the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision are investigating the two unattended deaths that happened on Thursday.Details are still sketchy and no other information was made available on Friday.

Buffalo

A 7-year-old Buffalo public school student was dropped off by her bus in the middle of a neighborhood where her family no longer lives Wednesday afternoon, leaving the girl to wander the streets for hours while her frantic mother made calls trying to find her. Buffalo police eventually found the crying girl and reunited her with her mother.Shalea King was dropped off at an…

A South Buffalo man was charged Thursday night with second-degree murder for fatally injuring another man last month when he shoved him off a second-story porch on Kenefick Avenue, authorities said.Nicholas Finnegan, 26, is accused of pushing Russ A. Ross, 28, off the porch in the early hours of Nov. 8, but the Buffalo man survived until Nov. 20 when he died at Erie County…

They may vote in Chicago, but here in Western New York, dead people are hamstrung in what they can do.And, yes, filing false tax returns and getting a refund back from the IRS are definite no-nos.John M. Berry Jr. learned that Friday when a federal judge sentenced him to 41 months in prison for exploiting the identities of 122 dead people.“It shocks the conscience,” Assist…