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An Erie, Pa., company has been awarded the contract to supply the Town of West Seneca with garbage and recycling totes.Rehrig Pacific Co. was among six companies that bid on the job. It will cost more than $1.4 million to supply, assemble and distribute the 17,500, 95-gallon garbage totes and 15,000, 65-gallon recycling totes.The Town Board voted on the contract at its me…

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The death of a 61-year-old Buffalo man found this morning on the sidewalk on Oak and Sycamore streets has been ruled as a suicide.Authorities initially believed the man was homeless, but further investigation determined he resided in North Buffalo. Homicide detectives, who were called to the scene, said he had entered an empty two-story building at 256 Oak St., where he st…

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Siren songJanne Sirén, the director of the Albright-Knox, looks like a work of art himself. Siren, who is from Finland, is tanned and fit as few Buffalonians are. His teeth are blindingly white. That and his Scandinavian blond hair add up to the kind of look that no native Buffalonian could possibly have, not even if all your ancestors were from Finland. No wonder Buzz, wh…

Mayor Byron W. Brown, Democratic challenger Bernard A. Tolbert and Republican Sergio R. Rodriguez will meet in an hourlong debate at 8 p.m. today in the WNED studios. Buffalo News Political Reporter Robert J. McCarthy will be one of the panelists.Go to BuffaloNews.com for a live video stream of the debate, as well as full coverage, analysis and reaction. Also see Wednesday…

Erie County overestimated how much it would have to pay to the state pension system during the state’s prior fiscal year.And that means the county will receive a credit of about $3.9 million in this year’s budget.The overcalculation – based on the state’s calculations – amounts to a win for county taxpayers, according to County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw, who released…

LOCKPORT – As of last week, more than 1,000 plastic ducks had been sold for this year’s Lockport Duck Race in the Erie Canal, organizer Jay Krull said.The race, which will benefit the Lockport Lions Club, will start at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the North Adam Street bridge. Festivities surrounding the race, including food, music and children’s activities, will run from 1…

LOCKPORT – The Niagara County Health Department’s proposed 2014 budget, unveiled by Deputy Director Victoria A. Pearson last week, showed a spending increase of more than $2 million, primarily caused by growth in preschool special education.The number of children in the state-mandated program increased by 8 percent in the 2012-13 school year, Pearson said in a memorandum t…

LOCKPORT – The Common Council agreed last week to sell two small parcels of land near the corner of Lincoln and Beattie avenues to the state Department of Transportation for a total of $1,000.The parcels, one 15 by 18 feet and the other 15 by 80 feet, were sought by the DOT as part of the plan to repave Lincoln Avenue in 2014. The land was needed to accommodate planned tur…

The Town of Tonawanda took the first steps Monday to test out a new countywide land bank program that could help it and other municipalities deal with abandoned properties.The Town Board at its regular meeting Monday asked the Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Improvement Corp., a nonprofit organization with the power to own and dispose of property, to acquire 45-55 Pyle Court in …

The SPCA Serving Erie County will offer free vaccinations Saturday to dogs 8 weeks old and older in certain postal ZIP codes to protect against canine parvovirus – commonly called parvo – a contagious and potentially deadly virus that affects dogs of any age, breed or sex.The common signs of the intestinal form are severe vomiting and diarrhea, usually bloody.Treatment oft…

DUNKIRK – Finance Committee members are hoping a private buyer can be found for a piece of harborfront property.Mayor A.J. Dolce told the group Thursday that a $50,000 mortgage payment is due on the former Bertges property on Route 5.He said that while the property is owned by the Dunkirk Local Development Corporation, the corporation will need a loan from the city of abou…

BATAVIA – Genesee Community College will begin its fall Civil War Lecture Series with a talk by historian and author Wayne Mahood at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 in Room T102 of the Conable Technology Building. His lecture is free and open to the public.Mahood, a distinguished service professor emeritus of education at Geneseo State College, has published a number of books about New Yor…

The festering controversy over Common Core testing standards bubbled up into a heated public exchange Monday during the Lancaster School Board meeting when a retired substitute teacher referenced Nazi Germany.Herbert Hough, the retired substitute teacher, voiced his criticism of the standardized tests and how they impact students, teachers and the overall learning environm…

More than a week has passed since Williamsville threw its pedestrian block party, but efforts to “take back Main Street” show no signs of slowing down.The village board Monday discussed new measures aimed at protecting Main Street from sloppy development and regulating signs put out by businesses and political candidates.The village is coming off Picture Main Street Live, …

Southtowns residents who were making plans to attend a fifth production of Hamburg Theatre Under the Stars this Labor Day weekend are out of luck.The director of the all-volunteer theater company known as HTUTS said he could not raise enough money for this year’s show.“We’re skipping a year, and hopefully we can return next year if we get the support,” said Tony Baksa.“We …