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NIAGARA FALLS – At the 48-year-old Aquarium of Niagara, the future starts with the letter “P.”For penguins.The initial phase in the aquarium’s first major capital improvement since it opened will be an expanded and refurbished penguin habitat.And it got a huge boost earlier this year when it was awarded a $1.75 million state grant.In total, it will be a $2.3 million to $2.…

Niagara County

NORTH TONAWANDA – Members of the community are helping out the North Tonawanda History Museum by donating items for several new displays. They also are donating cash for a project to cover the museum’s big plate-glass windows.Some of the new exhibits include the North Tonawanda High School Sports History Room, which includes a cheerleader megaphone, team jackets, a footbal…

When a long-haired astrophysicist stepped to the microphone and cued up an expletive-riddled music video by the Insane Clown Posse on Wednesday night in the Ninth Ward at Babeville, a dimly lit basement bar on Delaware Avenue, it was clear that this was not going be your typical science lecture.A diverse crowd of artists, academics and curious citizens had gathered to watc…

Lifestyles

Carrie A. Schober and Thomas R. Duquin were married at 2 p.m. Oct. 12 in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, Amherst. Guests gathered for a reception at the Country Club of Buffalo, Williamsville. The Rev. Joseph Gatto of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church heard the couple’s vows. The bride’s parents are Mark C. and Christine M. Schober of East Amherst. The bridegroo…

Aurora/East AuroraThe Village Board scheduled a vote for its meeting Monday, Nov. 4 on a revision to the real property maintenance law. This change would allow the village to bill property owners when their properties are not kept up and in conformance with state code, such as keeping lawns mowed and trash and debris cleared from yards.There was no comment at a public hear…

LOCKPORT – For a decade, the Republican Party has controlled the Niagara County Legislature with an ever-increasing majority, despite the fact that the county contains more Democrats than Republicans.The Democrats, under second-time Chairman Nicholas J. Forster, have vowed to cut into the GOP’s 12-3 edge with some wins in the Nov. 5 election.But the Republicans are aiming …

Buffalo

Two families celebrated a special 15-year-old’s unbridled joy last weekend when Natalie Rivera opened her bedroom door to find it totally redecorated. Splashes of black paint (actually stickers) adorned the walls, reflecting Natalie’s eclectic, yet girlish style, and accents of bright pink, light blue and zebra print – and even skeletons – were used throughout the room. Me…

Three people were shot near St. Stanislaus Catholic Church at Townsend and Peckham streets shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday on Buffalo’s East Side, authorities said. The victims were taken to Erie County Medical Center. Their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.Initial reports by Buffalo Police indicate that police were searching for two men who may have driven…

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For the first 38 years of her life, Michelle E. Wolf lived with a painful secret that she kept from everybody, even her closest friends and family members.Born, raised and educated in Kenmore as a boy – Michael E. Wolf – Wolf was convinced, deep inside, that she was really meant to be a girl.“Going back to when I was about 4 years old, I knew I was different. I was sure th…

IRVING – A Western New York buyer will make an offer this week for Lake Shore Health Care Center, Chautauqua County Executive Gregory Edwards said Saturday night, leaving him optimistic about the Irving hospital’s future.Edwards said a proposal will be presented this week to the board of the hospital, which announced Oct. 16 that it planned to close the facility as of Jan.…

A new housing unit catering specifically to incarcerated veterans has been unveiled at the Erie County Holding Center.Member of the Veterans Administration and Buffalo Veterans Court Judge Robert Russell joined Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard last week for the official opening of the new housing area, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the state aimed a…

The parent who has accused a Buffalo public school principal of forging her name to various school documents said she intends to file criminal charges this week on the grounds of forgery, falsification of documents and identity theft.Timekia Jones, a parent leader and teacher’s aide at Harvey Austin School 97, said she felt compelled to pursue charges against Principal Bri…

A former Amherst woman was beaten to death inside her Florida home Thursday, and her two tenants are being sought as “persons of interest.”The body of Alisa S. Kerman, 52, was found in her bedroom in Port St. Lucie on Thursday evening. She died from blunt-force trauma to the head, Port St. Lucie Master Sgt. Frank Sabol said Saturday.One of the two tenants being sought is …

DAYTON – A Town of Tonawanda woman was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated Friday after her car slid intio a ditch and hit a tree in this Cattaraugus County community.State police said Sara Huey, 19, of Beyer Drive, told authorities she was driving from Tonawanda to Buffalo but got lost while following her GPS. She was carrying two passengers when the crash…

Amherst

Aug. 15, 1930 – Oct. 25, 2013William Haeseler III, a travel agent who led tours for three decades and visited more than 150 countries, died Friday in Buffalo General Medical Center after an illness that lasted about a month. He was 83.The Amherst resident, known as “Buck” to his friends, was born in North Tonawanda. He attended both South Kent Boarding School in Connecticu…