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In the Village of Medina’s re-energized business district, just west of the second widest point on the Erie Canal, there are few vacancies among the 19th and early 20th century Medina sandstone and brick buildings that occupy several blocks of Main Street. Renovation projects of a long-shuttered, Civil War-era opera house and a 1930s movie theater are also in the works.Me…

The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care plans to temporarily lay off as many as 40 employees next year as it embarks on a major renovation of the inpatient unit at its Cheektowaga campus.The $8 million project involves renovation of 22 short-stay patient rooms, as well as upgrades to the kitchen and heating and air conditioning, relocation of a chapel, and construction …

Amherst man leads grueling workout routine named for his son Army Spc. Blake D. Whipple on second anniversary of his death while on patrol in Afghanistan. brightcove.createExperiences();

One out of three middle school and high school classes in the Buffalo Public Schools have 16 or fewer students enrolled – a situation that is costing the district $7 million each year without yielding any clear academic benefits, consultants found in reports released Monday.Not only are many classes not fully enrolled, but rampant student absenteeism leaves many high schoo…

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David Whipple has taken to cross-training on a regular basis since his son Army Spc. Blake D. Whipple was killed in 2010 in Afghanistan.But the grueling fitness routine that the Amherst resident endured with a gym full of exercise partners Monday was, in both deed and spirit, a hero’s workout intended to honor the memory of his son, who was fatally injured two years ago Mo…

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If they’re lucky, most vocalists can hope for a music career that lasts a few years, maybe even a decade.Roy and Joyce Mathis have those folks beat by a half-century.The North Buffalo couple on Sunday celebrated Roy’s 66th year as director of the Royal Serenaders male chorus, which has risen from a small African-American quartet to what supporters call a gem of the indepen…

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At 90 years old and with his mind fading, Emmanuel K. Nicosia finds himself reliving moments from the Second World War that for decades he refused to revisit.His wife, Kathryn, says that in just the last year, her husband has spoken more about his military service in Europe than in any of the other 65 years she has known him.They are not always happy memories, but they are…

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LEWISTON – Local residents benefit from a wide range of free recreation at the three major state parks in the Town of Lewiston, and all three parks are in various stages of expansion or improvement – but there are some growing pains.Although admission to the parks is free, operating them results in some local cost, and Lewiston town and village officials are struggling to …

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Giuliana and Bill Rancic, stars of the Style Network reality show “Giuliana & Bill,” brought a message of hope to the 870 people who attended Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s 22nd annual All Star Night Gala on Saturday in Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.Giuliana Rancic, an entertainment journalist and author who had a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast ca…

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A smirking Chuck Swanick – next to a grim-looking President Obama.That image, which appeared on fliers that landed in the mailboxes of voters in the State Senate’s 60th District this week, became a topic of contention between the candidates for the seat in a live video debate Friday at The Buffalo News.“This went to Republican and Conservative voters in this district,” cha…

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A decades-old eyesore on Bennett Beach finally has come tumbling down.County crews this week finished demolishing and removing the old bathhouse foundation wall, which has stood at the entrance to the beach on Old Lake Shore Road in Angola for years.It has long been a public safety hazard and a target for graffiti.Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz called the removal …

Young patients with cancer and blood diseases will receive care under one roof at a new children’s hospital in a plan announced Thursday to unify services now provided separately by Kaleida Health and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.Officials from the two institutions signed a memorandum of understanding that dedicates a floor of a new children’s hospital to Roswell Park’s p…

One of the construction industry’s worst-kept secrets – the illegal practice of minority contractors fronting for white contractors – is at the heart of a new settlement between local prosecutors and one of the nation’s largest building supply companies.Lafarge North America Inc. has agreed to pay $950,000 to the federal government to resolve allegations that it used a min…

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After 45 years on the bench and hundreds, if not thousands, of difficult cases, U.S. District Judge John T. Curtin doesn’t use words like “struggle” lightly.But that is exactly how Curtin described the 21-year legal battle waged by thousands of sick, poor and elderly nursing home residents, almost all of them now dead.The victims spent years trying to prove that New York S…