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Mr. and Mrs. Salvator J. Caci of Cheektowaga celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a family dinner. Mr. Caci and Rosalie Pacicca were married Sept. 11, 1948, in St. Columba-Brigid Church in Buffalo. He retired from Barcalo Manufacturing. They have three children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

WILSON – The Wilson Town Board intends to do something that hasn’t been done in nearly half a century when it adopts an updated master plan Wednesday, according to Supervisor Joseph A. Jastrzemski.If the Town Board adopts the document at its 7 p.m. regular board meeting, the Wilson Village Board intends to follow suit and adopt the joint document the following day at its 7…

Fort Erie Race Track officials are pitching a multiyear agreement to the province of Ontario that they say would provide the track with longer-term stability.The nonprofit Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium is requesting a three-year “evergreen” contract covering racing at the facility. In other words, as each new year starts, at least three years of racing seasons would be …

Erie County

The oldest man in the world, Salustiano “Shorty” Sanchez, of Grand Island, died Friday at Riverwood Health Care Center at the age of 112.Mr. Sanchez – whose long life would take him from the sugar cane fields of Cuba to the coal mines of Kentucky before he settled down in Niagara Falls – ascended to top of the Guinness World Records list following the death of 116-year-old…

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Buffalo’s school district is no comedy club, but there are laughs to be had.Take a buttoned-down guy and dip him in chaos. Place an organizational man in a surrealistic landscape. Take a beacon of responsibility and immerse him in bureaucratic fog. Even absent a pie in the face and a pratfall, you can see the sitcom possibilities.Buffalo’s schools are, of course, more grim…

Don’t tell Sergio R. Rodriguez that Tuesday’s Democratic primary signaled the end of the mayor’s race. Rodriguez, a Republican, isn’t fazed by the fact that city voters haven’t elected someone from the GOP to lead the city in the last half-century. “We’re just getting started,” he said. “As far as we are concerned, now is the real fight.” Rodriguez’s opponent, Mayor Byron …

Buffalo

It’s a Buffalo tradition – one that used to draw men in tuxedos and ladies in finery.It’s a venue to raise money for a local organization that gives children with special needs a chance to ride horses.And, it’s a chance for horses like Mickey - that’s short for Mick-O-Angelo - to clear sequences of hurdles the size of kindergarteners, all around a timed course, to the deli…

Erie County

Huge traffic backups were reported today because of a repair job that shut down the southbound span of the south Grand Island Bridge.Motorists trying to get onto Grand Island from the south were backed up more than a mile into the Town of Tonawanda, and motorists trying to leave the island on the south end were backed up more than two miles to Whitehaven Road, State Police…

Buffalo

A test to gauge public interest for a future beer garden at Canalside will occur today and Sunday at the Buffalo Maritime Festival on the waterfront.The experiment will be sponsored by the Liberty Hound bar and restaurant, one of the proprietors under consideration by Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. to open a beer garden and restaurant next year at the former Memorial …

Crime

Two men have been arrested and charged with felonies in the beating and robbery of a 15-year-old Orchard Park male in a wooded area near Green Lake about 8 p.m. Thursday, police reported Saturday. Charles Pellis, 21, formerly of Orchard Park, and Donald Reardon, 22, of Oswego, were charged with the felony crimes of second degree robbery, second degree assault, grand larc…

Police arrested a 24-year-old Sinclairville man early Saturday after he crashed and rolled over his car on Pickard Road.The vehicle was in flames when the man, who was already wanted for a violation of the terms of his probation from a previous incident, fled the scene, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies reported.Deputies and State Police tracked down Christopher E. Dell…

Two Erie County residents face felony and misdemeanor drug charges following an investigation into crack cocaine dealing in the rural communities of Oakfield and Alabama.Cindy Ann Battistoni, 41, of Greenbush Road, Akron, and Sakeel D. Hilson, 20, of Stevens Street in Buffalo, were arrested Friday after an investigation by Genesee County’s local drug enforcement task force…

Erie County

NIAGARA FALLS – Words of wisdom. Songs of strife and sacrifice. Characters with courage.The city’s contribution to the Underground Railroad will be celebrated at next weekend’s Freedom Trail Festival.This year’s event, the 14th annual, will include re-enactors, storytelling, singers, musicians and poets, said organizer and co-founder David Blackburn.“The event is basically…

Amherst

Until Bailee Russell arrives in Peru on Thursday morning and begins two weeks of baton twirling in parades, orphanage visits, gala dinners and mingling with beauty queens, mayors and governors, the 16-year-old Williamsville girl’s twirling accomplishments have come with lower-key fanfare.People applauded for the performance that won her sixth place in a national tournament…

LOCKPORT – Niagara County legislators learned this week that counties aren’t allowed to require advance building inspections of apartments to be rented to welfare recipients.The county had created a special committee to work on the issue, which met for the first time Wednesday, only to be greeted by word from county Social Services Commissioner Anthony J. Restaino that wha…