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While there might not be any mules named Sal, there's lots to be done this week by the Erie Canal. (Sorry if that song gets stuck in your head). Aside from the Erie County Fair, Canal Fest of the Tonawandas offers the longest opportunity to take part, touching on two separate weekends and five weekdays with activities to appease both kids and adults. The bustling can…

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Williamsville is closing in on its first brewery of the new craft beer era. The brewing system was delivered and installed this week on a patch of land along Ellicott Creek that once was home to a blacksmith shop. Britesmith Brewing Company will open sometime in the fall. “That gives me until Dec. 20,” principal owner David Schutte said with a smile this week, as …

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Williamsville will soon be cheesier. The family owners of The Cheesy Chick food truck have announced they will take over the former Apple Wood Cafe, at 5385 Main St., to open the Cheesy Chick Cafe. Simone Fancher, her son Jonathan Rowan and daughter Stephanie Rowan unveiled more details after teasing the news on the truck's Facebook page Wednesday. The trio of owners…

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The Arc Erie County, a nonprofit human services agency formerly known as Heritage Centers, has opened its new administrative hub and service location in Williamsville, expanding its ability to serve clients and making it more convenient for those in the Northtowns while also cutting operating expenses. The agency, which serves individuals with developmental disabilities…

Festivals

Unexpectedly, I wound up watching a marathon of "Fixer-Upper" on HGTV last weekend. As a devoted viewer of "Chopped" on the Food Network, it wasn't hard to grasp the practical appeal of HGTV, even if Buffalo's buyers market isn't exactly ideal. The Buffalo Home Show comes to town this weekend and next, with celebrities, designers and local businesses all showcasing thei…

Food and Drink

The best part about writing titles for the Weekend in WNY, which rounds up a wildly diverse cast of Buffalo events, is that they almost never make sense on their own. For instance, if you pictured a clown sipping Krupnik while listening to Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places," you totally get my point. While Arkells, Badfish and Perks' first "Parks and Rec" trivia nigh…

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Iskalo Development Co. has completed its purchase of a Williamsville office building next to an 1850s-era brewery that it bought last year, reunifying two properties that share a parking lot. The developer paid $810,000 to buy the building at 26 West Spring St. in the village from Walter A. Kammer, owner of engineering firm Scipar, which occupies the two-story brown bri…

Crime

A Williamsville man was arrested for the theft of medical products valued at more than $2.5 million from his employer in Rochester, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York announced. Antonio Rivera, 35, faces several charges after being arrested in Rochester Friday. Rivera, a senior assistant purchasing associate for CVS Pharmacy since 2007, alle…

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There’s no denying it’s tough but not impossible for a team to win four games in six days. But how about winning five elimination playoff games over the course of six days? It’s a gauntlet for sure, but one that a Section VI champion completed in the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association tournament to turn its ultimate title dream into reality. Will…

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Erin Roland stopped playing travel ice hockey to focus on field hockey, her stronger sport. But ice hockey has always been part of her life so she opted to play for Williamsville this season. Now she has an opportunity to play in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association final four twice in her hometown area. The Williamsville North field hockey t…

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While Emma Roland has been lighting the lamp and piling up points with regularity this season, twin sister Erin has quietly done her part in the defensive zone to contribute to Williamsville's success. It turns out the defenseman also has a scorer's touch. She showed it off at 2 minutes, 10 seconds of overtime by netting one of the biggest goals in Williamsville girl…

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The effort to start a new cooperative market in the Village of Williamsville is now one-third of the way toward the membership goal that its founders need to reach before they can open its doors. More than 280 people have signed up as members of the proposed Village Co-op Market of Williamsville, after paying the one-time fee of $150 per family to gain one share of owne…

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Senior night at Hamburg Town Ice Rink went according to script as far as Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park is concerned. Longtime contributors to the program were honored, including a post-game reception. FLOP junior Brooke Becker attained a historic milestone. Most importantly, the defending state champions earned the No. 1 seed for the coming Section VI Tournament. …

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These days, David Leggio feels happy and healthy. Nearly a year after suffering a scary, life-changing concussion, the goalie is enjoying his 11th pro season. “I’m probably better off as a person because of it,” Leggio told The News of his concussion ordeal by phone from Germany. “Yeah, at the time, it wasn’t the most fun.” Earlier in his career, the Williamsville na…

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A few generations ago, a preponderance of the families immigrating to Buffalo arrived from Italy, Germany and Greece. As they settled in and opened business to support their families and feed their new community, the city’s restaurant landscape evolved. In the last decade, Burmese immigrants, more than any other nationality, have added new flavors to the Queen City’s me…