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Jeff Cooke will smoke just about anything. Barbecue is a specialty at This Little Pig (4401 Transit Road, Clarence), the restaurant he opened in 2017 with his wife, Mandy. But the entire menu is one big smoking section. Peanuts were smoked for dessert, specifically peanut brittle to accompany the former edition of refrigerator cake. Now there's smoked peanuts on the …

Business

Clarence businessman Daniel Snyder has donated $100,000 toward construction of Brothers of Mercy's $17.5 million addition to an assisted living facility and memory care building in the town. Snyder is president and CEO of inLighten, a Clarence-based media and digital sign company. Its headquarters is on Wehrle Drive, near the Brothers of Mercy campus. "I believe one …

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Less than a month after Thin Man Brewery opened its second location, on Chandler Street, co-owner Mike Shatzel has announced a Thin Man Williamsville taproom will replace the banquet room in the rear of Brennan's Bowery, at 4401 Transit Road, Clarence. Shatzel also owns Brennan's, in tandem with his brother, David Jr., and his father, David Sr.; the bar-restaurant will …

Crime

A Clarence woman has been charged with a felony for pulling a fire alarm at an Allentown bar when there was no fire, according to police and court records. The incident happened at Allen Street Hardware on Allen Street at 9:40 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Buffalo police report. Katie D. Lovell, 33, was charged with second-degree falsely reporting an incident, a cla…

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Where you choose to spend the bulk of your St. Patrick’s Day weekend (or week) isn’t always about finding the hippest venue. Is this because it’s hard for hordes clad in goat-hair sweaters, Kelly green Chuck Taylors or sheepherders’ wool caps to appear hip? Possibly—but it has more to do with the impetus of the celebration. It’s one for family and friends to laugh and s…

Local Homefinder Features

For over 60 years, Marrano Homes has been a leader in new home building and design. Today, the West Seneca home builder continues that legacy with the grand opening of a brand-new home design in Clarence. “We’re committed to always offering trend-setting designs built with high-quality materials to homebuyers in Western New York,” said John Manns, executive vice preside…

Clarence

A man involved in two fights Friday night in a Clarence bar was charged with menacing after he tried to re-enter the bar with a shotgun, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said Monday. Deputies responded to Marvin's Bar & Grill, 7675 Goodrich Road, at about 1:25 a.m., but the suspect had already left the area, according to the Sheriff's Office. Witnesses told deput…

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For a greasy spoon diner to be truly excellent, there is one important criterion that must, above all else, be met: freely flowing, good quality coffee. Buffalo Joe’s Cafe exceeds this standard. Our mugs were kept regularly topped off with a robust, tasty brew. We never had to look desperately around to catch a harried wait staff. Our friendly server, Michele, whose smi…

Crime

A driver with three passengers under 16 in his vehicle was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after a collision Tuesday in Clarence, according to the State Police. Troopers charged Christopher Sansone after the collision on Greiner Road, near Old Goodrich Road. Sansone's vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and sideswiped another vehicle, police said…

Clarence

A pharmaceutical salesman from Clarence who admitted to a $5.8 million health care fraud scheme is scheduled to be sentenced May 1. Scott Trapp, 50, pleaded guilty in federal court in Buffalo last week to conspiracy to commit health care fraud in which compounded medications were fraudulently filled, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Ne…

Crime

A Clarence woman faces a driving while intoxicated charge after a Christmas Eve crash, according to the State Police. Kathryn Smith, 63, struck a vehicle stopped at a red light while trying to make a turn from Harris Hill Road onto Main Street, state police said. No one was injured in the crash and Smith, who was wearing a Santa Claus hat when her mug shot was ta…

Clarence

Charges are pending against a truck driver who allegedly struck and injured a woman who was walking her dog Dec. 4 on Harris Hill Road in Clarence, according to a Facebook post Wednesday from the Sheriff's Office. According to the Sheriff's Office, the driver of the truck turned himself in. The victim was a 51-year-old Williamsville woman walking her dog, who was hit…

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The Erie County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help identifying a truck that allegedly struck and injured a pedestrian Dec. 4 on Harris Hill Road in Clarence, according to a Facebook post from the Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's deputies responded to the call at about 5:40 p.m. The Sheriff's Office said initial reports were that a 51-year-old Williamsville woma…

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Indian food has a reputation for being painfully hot, which it came by honestly, since it includes dishes so fraught with chiles they earn me a stern rebuke from my digestive system. Yet it would be wrong to lump the culinary inventions of a billion cooks under the flamethrower tag, since its diverse cuisines include many dishes that have oodles of flavor, but no discernib…

High Schools

By Bond Brungard, Special to the News MIDDLETOWN – The Clarence boys’ soccer team traveled nearly six hours to play in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s final four over the weekend. After a thrilling 1-0 victory in Saturday’s Class AA semifinal against Section VIII’s Port Washington, the Red Devils came up against a talented Monroe-Woobury,…