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Don’t tell these senior citizens to stay home and knit doilies.Orchard Park seniors have been in the trenches at Buffalo Bills games – including Sunday’s home finale – selling beer and beef on weck.It’s all to make money for a new senior center.Sure, they sell candy bars, pancakes, Victorian tea, Christmas ornaments, note cards and chicken barbecue the rest of the year. Bu…

The 50-acre site along Hopkins Road in Amherst has been known as Margaret Louise Park for nearly a quarter-century.Now the town has decided to change the name to Hopkins Road Park.But in a few weeks, it may be Margaret Louise Park again.If you’re confused, it’s because the park is caught in the middle of a political squabble.Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein said the park is u…

Albany and its merry band of politicians have a problem.It’s not just the litany of lawmakers-gone-bad. It’s not just the sheer number of scandals.It’s that the state’s lawmakers seem to think the public differentiates between the good ones and the bad.The month started with legislators bristling at the broad picture of unethical behavior painted by the governor’s anti-cor…

Buffalo

Paul W. Culligan says the only thing he ever won in life was the draft lottery for the U.S. military while the Vietnam War was going hot and heavy.But his status as a junior at Le Moyne College in Syracuse allowed him some time to continue his education and pick the branch in which he wanted to serve.“I decided to take a look around and took testing for the Navy and Air Fo…

A 29-year-old Pavilion man was killed early today when his sport utility vehicle collided head-on with a tractor-trailer on Route 63 in the Town of Batavia. The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office said John P. Dow died at the scene after the 2005 Chevrolet Envoy he was driving southbound collided with a Freightliner tractor-trailer driving north at 1:42 a.m. The cause of the c…

Town of Evans police today were looking for the driver of a sport utility vehicle who drove off after fatally striking a man walking on Route 5 near Gold Street overnight.Police believe the victim, Barry Moss, 52, of the Town of Evans, was killed by a Ford SUV traveling west toward the Town of Brant sometime overnight. The driver fled after the accident, which occurred on…

Erie County

Power has been restored to about 10,000 or 11,000 of the 39,000 National Grid customers who lost power in Western New York overnight, but some homes may not get power back until Tuesday, company officials said this afternoon.Some 18,500 homes in Niagara County and 9,300 in Erie County were among those hit when rain turned to ice and coated power lines throughout the region…

Grand IslandWho knew Grand Island was a tourist destination?More than a dozen homeowners on the island have been advertising their properties online as short-term rentals and tourist homes, which is not allowed under local law.The town was alerted to the problem after neighbors next to the rented homes began complaining.“We got our first complaints this summer,” said Town …

Southern Erie CountyAfter more than 40 years in education as a teacher, principal, superintendent and most recently President of Holy Angels Academy, Joan Thomas decided to give retirement a shot. She quickly realized that life was not quite suited for her just yet, and now she will serve as interim superintendent for the North Collins Central School District until June 30…

BuffaloThe Common Council will meet in regular session at 2 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers. The Council meeting was moved from Tuesday because of the Christmas holiday. Lawmakers are expected to approve a request to establish an entertainment complex on Ganson Street, known as Buffalo RiverWorks. The Council has been supportive of the project, and the Legislation Committe…

AKRON, Ohio – Vicki Vespoint pulled on her boots and parka and headed into the winter weather in search of ugly Christmas sweaters.You know the kind – the ones so hideous they make babies cry. So disgusting they evoke groans from adults. Threads revolting enough to earn the top prize at the company’s annual Ugly Christmas Sweater contest. But bah humbug! The Grinch must ha…

Amherst

This is a busy time of year for licensed massage therapist Rachel Minniefield. Holiday stress, she said, drives people to her door, as does the pending expiration of last year’s gift cards.The 35-year-old graduate and instructor at the New York Institute of Massage works at Buffalo Body Work, a business she started at the new YMCA in Amherst. Minniefield recently completed…

West SenecaA new set of stairs planned for Burchfield Nature & Art Center will make access easier from the small parking area closest to the building.Last Monday, the Town Board authorized the purchase and installation of built-in steps from The Vinyl Outlet at a cost of $7,908.“We’re putting the staircase right into that hill,” Town Supervisor Sheila M. Meegan said. Event…

CheektowagaAn Erie, Pa., firm has been awarded the contract to provide recycling totes to the town sometime next year.Rehrig Pacific Co. submitted the sole bid. It will supply 35-, 65- and 95-gallon totes. The contract was awarded during last Monday’s meeting of the Town Board.Earlier this month, Allied Waste Services of North America was awarded a five-year contract, effe…

Aurora/East AuroraTeachers concerned about the emphasis of testing in grades 3 through 8 have organized an informational meeting next month to work on persuading the state that there’s a better way.“We’re hoping to educate the public about what’s going on in our public schools,” said Todd Hathaway, an East Aurora High School teacher and parent of young children. He is the …