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Super Flea & Farmers Market in Cheektowaga may be the only place you can buy a “Ghostbusters” lunchbox, apples, tires, vacuum cleaners, jewelry, soy candles, a Lex Luger wrestling figure, purses, cheese, and coats for dogs, as well as get a haircut while you’re at it.The only thing the Walden Avenue market and its more than 200 vendors have been short on this holiday seaso…

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Bypassed for the draft because he was married and the father of two young children, Donald F. Ferris said he still felt compelled to serve his country in World War II, so he enlisted.At age 29, he was still in top-notch physical condition after being a three-letter varsity athlete at Holley High School.Uncle Sam, he figured, could put his muscle to work.But when Ferris arr…

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ALBANY – Hopefully, they won’t become New York State’s version of Julius Caesar and Marcus Calpurnius Bibulus.Come Jan. 1, Sens. Dean G. Skelos, a Republican from Long Island, and Jeffrey D. Klein, a Democrat from the Bronx, will embark on dual leadership to run the State Senate, the first time anything like that has been attempted in New York.The two senators would do wel…

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The beloved 54-year-old grandmother, known simply as “Miss Ida” to her close friends in the Fillmore Avenue neighborhood where she lived, was remembered Sunday night by nearly 100 mourners who held a prayer vigil in her memory at the site where she died tragically Thursday night at the hands of a suspected drunken driver.Those gathered along Fillmore Avenue – across the st…

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Alyse Kelm is usually just a server at the Olive Tree Family Restaurant on Broadway in Lancaster. But on the morning of Nov. 24, she became a lifesaver.She was going about her job at the restaurant when a woman started choking on a chunk of steak. Kelm immediately approached the woman from the back and performed the Heimlich maneuver. The food became dislodged, and the you…

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By Richard E. BaldwinNews Niagara reporterNIAGARA FALLS – Andrea Frizzell is having a hard time making ends meet on her small, intermittent and undependable income, and she is staring at two birthdays and Christmas coming within 10 days of one another.It’s not for lack of effort. Frizzell wants to work. She earned her GED diploma and a license to provide skin care. She eve…

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A request from a dedicated gardener and volunteer is creating quite a buzz in Lancaster.Betsy Moll wants to keep honey bees in her backyard.Moll hopes the bees will help pollinate her milkweeds, cornflowers and black-eyed Susans, and she believes keeping bees is a boon to the natural world, so she’s asked the Village Board for permission to install a hive.“Everyone says y…

Investigators are trying to piece together how a routine traffic stop Thursday evening near Martin Luther King Park turned into a horrific tragedy that left a suspected drunk driver dead and a woman who just happened to be on the sidewalk fatally crushed under a utility pole nearly a half mile away. Read the full story here and watch Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Dere…

A group of Amherst residents opposed to the potential construction of a six-story hotel near the site of the present two-story Lord Amherst Motel on Main Street in Snyder began a petition drive Thursday aimed at derailing the project before it is officially proposed.“We don’t know what may be proposed,” Town Planning Director Eric W. Gillert and his assistant, Gary B. Blac…

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Investigators were trying to piece together how a routine traffic stop Thursday evening near Martin Luther King Park turned into a horrific tragedy that left a suspected drunk driver dead and a woman who just happened to be on the sidewalk fatally crushed under a utility pole nearly a half mile away.The sequence of events began at about 6:45 p.m. when two Buffalo police of…

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ALBANY – State Thruway officials say they are now looking at all alternatives to a 45 percent toll increase on trucks, and they are not ruling out a broader increase that will also hit passenger cars as a way of helping raise the $90 million annually envisioned by the planned increase on large trucks.The agency’s board is set to meet Dec. 17 to consider plans for a new dow…

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WASHINGTON – If you’re sick of what you see as out-of-control federal spending, you’re about to get your way Jan. 1 if Congress does nothing.All of a sudden, under a series of congressionally mandated automatic cuts that virtually no one in Congress endorses, spending would be slashed by $1.2 trillion over a decade – not with a scalpel, but with a scythe.It’s all part of t…

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Capt. Grant Story taxied Federal Express jet N268FE toward the cargo terminal at Buffalo Niagara International Airport at 10:08 a.m. Wednesday – not unlike the plane’s previous 39,448 landings.But when Story powered down the plane’s engines just a few minutes later, it marked the end of the 33-year-old aircraft’s journeys around the world and the beginning of a new career …

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A man who shot his wife in the face Wednesday – before holing up in his Campbell Boulevard home in the Town of Lockport with their 3-year-old daughter, then killing himself – had a violent history of crimes against women.Morris Tucker, 44, whose body was found in the afternoon following a terrifying three-hour ordeal, had spent seven years in prison after the fatal shootin…

East Aurora school officials expressed shock Wednesday at the arrest of a high school teacher on drug charges and said they had been unaware of at least one of his previous brushes with the law.District officials said they did not learn of the arrest of Ryan J. Ellis, a technology teacher and golf coach, until Tuesday afternoon, more than 18 hours after police stopped his …