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SEATTLE – Can we even talk anymore? Maybe not, discovered Cliff Mass.Mass is an atmospheric sciences professor at the University of Washington. He has been troubled for years by the way the subject of global warming can turn typically even-headed scientists into politicized, tribal warriors.As he sees it, there are the vast majority of scientists, including himself, who th…

Orchard ParkOrchard Park’s proposed 2014 town budget will be unveiled at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday during a work session in the supervisor’s conference room in the municipal center.Department heads will have an opportunity to ask questions on the budget, and Police Chief Mark Pacholec will give a presentation on the proposed police department budget at 6:15 p.m. in the board roo…

HamburgVeterans counseling in Hamburg has expanded from one day a month to four days per week.“We knew there was a need for a counselor in the southtowns and unfortunately, we were only able to have one in Hamburg one day a month to start. After the program was up and running, the need was obvious,” Town Clerk Cathy Rybczynski said. “I continued to press state officials f…

Southern Erie CountyThe South Cascade-Miller Road Bridge in Springville will be closed Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.Village officials said that the structure, better known as the “old Route 219 Bridge”, is being inspected by the NYS Department of Transportation. Though it is scheduled to be closed for five days, the duration will depend upon on how quickly i…

Buffalo

Part of this story is engraved in brass. On an ordinary-looking trophy that catapulted an underdog crew of eighth-graders to greatness and reduced a grown man to tears, are engraved the words HOUGHTON ACADEMY. The names of prior winners are engraved on the trophy, too. In the past five years, only one other school has ever won the Buffalo City Schools Middle School Math Le…

AmherstCouncilman Mark Manna wants the Town Board to go on record against variances sought by the developer of a proposed senior rental housing apartment complex.Neighbors to the project at 1055 Youngs Road mobilized last week in response to news that Young Development has proposed turning a wooded plot of nearly 5½ acres bordered by the Park Place condominiums to the nort…

Buffalo

I feel ambivalent about Lucy.Not the brilliant character created by Jamestown native Lucille Ball, who charmed her way into millions of Americans’ hearts on the ’50s television show that bore her name, but the full-color version now creaking across the stage of the 710 Main Theatre. That’s not to say that Sirena Irwin, who plays the rehydrated version of Lucille Ball’s fam…

ClarenceThe Clarence Town Board will hold its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. at Clarence Town Hall, 1 Town Place. The meeting will be preceded by a work session at 4:30 p.m. Also this week:• The Great Pumpkin Farm, 11199 Main St., will hold the final day of its annual Oinktoberfest BBQ Cook-off today. • Town Court will be held in front of Justice Powers from 5 to 8 p.m. Tues…

Buffalo

Dr. Lorna Fitzpatrick, 44, was born in Belfast before her family moved to Ballycastle on the north shore of Ireland. Her father was a physician who moved his family to Buffalo in 1973 to take a job at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.Fitzpatrick, who was a preschooler at the time, can still recall her first crossing of the Peace Bridge.She grew up in Hamburg, and attended Nar…

CheektowagaThe Fourth Annual Jill Farrar Mattice 5K Run/Fun Walk, hosted by the Cleveland Hill School District, will be held Saturday.Mattice, a 1996 graduate of Cleveland Hill High School, died Jan. 20, 2010, when her State Police patrol car collided with a tractor trailer as she left an Otsego County school were she was assigned as a resource officer. She was the first f…

Anniversaries

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kubiak of Cheektowaga celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a special marital blessing and Mass in St. Andrew Catholic Church, Sloan, followed by a family dinner in Kiebzak’s Restaurant and a trip to Aruba. Mr. Kubiak and Carol Pajak were married Sept. 7, 1963, in St. Josaphat Catholic Church, Cheektowaga. He is a retired superintendent of buildi…

Jan. 8, 1924 – Sept. 16, 2013When Dr. Emanuel Amato arrived in the United States in 1955 with $150 in his pocket and his medical degree from the University of Palermo in Sicily, he spoke virtually no English. He went on to a long career as a psychiatrist at several Buffalo hospitals.Dr. Amato died Monday at his Orchard Park home. He was 89.Following a medical residency in …

LOCKPORT – The Common Council voted last week to hold a public hearing on the 2014 city budget Oct. 9.So far, however, taxpayers have not been told what kind of budget the Council is considering.That’s because, in contrast to the Council’s past practice of holding numerous open work sessions regarding the budget, all of this year’s discussions have occurred behind closed d…

LEWISTON – The U.S. end of the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge needs a dramatic makeover, the general manager of the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission said last week.Lew Holloway said the commission has a $130 million plan in hand, but most of the funding has to come from Washington – someday.“I am optimistic that we will receive funding. I couldn’t even possibly guess at a time f…

High Schools

First of two partsBy Charlie Specht and Mary Jo MonninNews Staff ReportersPlaying high school football under the Friday night lights has been the ultimate slice of Americana for decades – right up there with grandma and apple pie.But even before the death of Damon Janes – the 16-year-old Brocton junior who suffered an on-field blow to the head last week – many parents are …