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WIVB-TV (Channel 4) is expanding its “Wake Up!” team in January. Gabrielle Mediak, a Lancaster native and 2014 Buffalo State College graduate, will be an on-air and digital reporter, generate content for the morning program and contribute exclusive content for the web, News Director Lisa Polster said. Mediak has most recently worked for Spectrum News in Syracuse and …

Gusto

Mary McDonnell was scheduled to appear at SUNY Fredonia a few times in recent years. But the award-winning stage, television and film actress had to cancel coming to her alma mater each time. She was just too in demand as an actress to complete the journey. But nothing is going to stop her making it for the college’s homecoming weekend that starts Friday. “Each ti…

Education

The University at Buffalo attained all-time highs in the annual U.S. News & World Report ranking of national universities. UB moved up eight spots – to No. 89 – in the national university rankings, which were released Monday as part of the magazine's 2018 edition of "America's Best Colleges." UB was also among the top 50 public universities in the country for the…

Gusto

SUNY Fredonia is on a roll in the opera world. Danielle Beckvermit, a Fredonia alumna, is one of nine singers that will be competing Sunday in the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions Grand Finals Concert, held every year on the stage of the Met at Lincoln Center. Beckvermit, who is from what the Met considers the Eastern Region, advanced from the semifinals …

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Based on the calendar, we are almost a month into spring. By any notion of Western New York reality, that is a laugh. The winter jackets still hang on their hooks, above the boots near the door. The dogs need toweling off after walks in the woods, layers of ice and mud caught in their fur. We open the door in the early morning, searching for some hint of warmth, and …

Erie County

Volunteers on Thursday will begin collecting soil samples from nearly 300 spots in Tonawanda and Grand Island to determine how air pollution has affected neighborhoods around the Tonawanda Coke Plant. The soil sampling is a collaboration between the grassroots group Citizen Science Community Resources, the University at Buffalo and SUNY Fredonia. Funding for the $711…

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The Fredonia Police Department is warning that it plans to post on Facebook all the arrests its officers make in the village over the coming weekend. A press release issued Wednesday by Fredonia Police Chief Bradley C. Meyers did not specifically allude to why the department was taking such measures, beyond stating its "anticipation of the possibility of illegal activit…