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The Village of Attica is getting a new ambulance, thanks to a $160,000 loan and grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Program, Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced.The funding, which comprises a $136,000 loan and a $24,000 grant, will help the village improve its emergency response service.

NIAGARA FALLS – A program in the city to provide construction training for the unemployed and fix up run-down homes is getting a boost from its latest donor.KeyBank is donating $35,000 to the Isaiah 61 Project. A news conference announcing the donation is planned for this morning. The funds will be used to complete the renovation of a vacant home at 540 16th St.

Additional confirmed cases of West Nile virus in local mosquito populations have been reported this week – in the Southern Tier and Southern Ontario, according to respective environmental reporting agencies there.Officials in the Niagara Region of Ontario reported Thursday that an adult man from West Lincoln tested positive in the region’s “first human case of West Nile v…

The Food From the Fair Feeds WNY canned food drive, which began as promotion to boost donations to the Food Bank of WNY during the slow summer months, is now on the verge of becoming the biggest food drive in local history.Erie County Fair officials report that the campaign, which gives discounts on admission prices to fairgoers in exchange for food donations, has collecte…

The National Federation of the Blind of Buffalo will hold its annual hot dog sale Aug. 24 and 25 in the Best Buy plaza at Main Street and Transit Road, Clarence, chapter President Mike Robinson said.The sale was originally scheduled to take place in Walmart, Sheridan Drive and Bailey Avenue, Amherst, but the store canceled because of a lease agreement with a Subway restaur…

SILVER CREEK – Appointments and resignations in preparation for the new school year consumed the agenda of the Silver Creek School Board on Wednesday evening.Music teacher Nicole Zenns resigned, and Robert Oberst resigned as the modified wrestling coach. Shannon Near’s appointment as a summer school teacher was approved. Near also accepted an appointment as the elementary…

Federated Holland Garden Club will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Holland United Methodist Church and carpool to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave. After a guided tour of the gardens, members will have lunch at Curly’s Grill, 647 Ridge Road, Lackawanna. For information, call Linda Savage, 537-9445, or Diane Doyle, 537-9039. New members wel…

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His nickname is Abuelo – Spanish for grandfather.It’s a sign of respect and a fitting moniker for Enrique Padilla Sr.He’s been a beloved figure to people in his community for many years.Like the way he gently tugs the earlobes of family members, friends and just about anyone he meets. It’s a sign of affection he has used for as long as anyone in his family can remember – …

Lancaster

May 31, 1937 – Aug. 15, 2013John J. Phillips, of Lancaster, president and chief executive officer of William Pfohl Trucking Co., died Thursday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 76. Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Canisius High School. He worked with his father and uncles in Phillips Brothers Garage on Genesee Street, an aut…

LOCKPORT – A gutted industrial building, left alone by a Texas businessman who intended to clear the site after a run-in with state officials, will be demolished by Thanksgiving.Terry Kish, on-scene coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said Thursday that 89 Mill St., across from the Flintkote plant, will be torn down after crews complete work on a temp…

Three Buffalo men were arrested Thursday morning for stealing 20 bundles of roofing shingles from a backyard on Herkimer Street, according to police.Officers responding to a suspicious person call charged Brian J. Lauer, of Grant Street; Hector Sanchez, of Herkimer Street; and Diane B. Faatz, of Grant Street, with larceny, officials said. Police made the arrests after obse…

A woman who wouldn’t let a passenger out of her sport utility vehicle as she drove recklessly around Buffalo has been charged with assault, Buffalo police said Thursday.Authorities said Ellen Lucas, 62, of Dodge Street, drove throughout the West Side and North Buffalo for 20 minutes, swerving in and out of traffic and running red lights, to prevent the passenger from lea…

Education

At an Erie 1 BOCES open house Thursday evening in Cheektowaga, parents and students from two of Buffalo’s worst-performing high schools got a firsthand look at the array of vocational programs they stand to benefit from this school year, thanks to a state-mandated partnership between the regional education service provider and Buffalo Public Schools. The tour of the Harkn…

A contractor reported that someone stole a $10,000 excavator hammer weighing 1,000 pounds from a job site on Broadway, according to Buffalo police.The theft occurred between 7 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. Wednesday, authorities said. The work site is between Playter Street and Sweet Avenue.

SHERIDAN – A report on the Sheridan Summer Youth Recreation Program was provided to members of the Town Board meeting Thursday in the community center. There were 86 children registered and participating in the program, which featured volunteer efforts to collect items for military personnel, helping to wash the tank at the Sheridan VFW Post and donating pennies to a loc…