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Police breakup 80-person underage Halloween party


CLARENCE, N.Y. -- Police broke up an underage Halloween party this weekend where about 80 teens were present.

The Erie County Sheriff’s say they were called to the scene of a house party after receiving an anonymous tip about an under-aged party with alcohol.

When police arrived to the house on Heather Road in the Town of Clarence, teens were running away from the house and they could hear loud noises from inside the house. About 80 teenagers were in the basement.

About 30 of the teens were detained and then released to their parents.

Doctor sentenced for unlawful distribution of Oxycodone


CLARENCE, N.Y. -- A doctor from Clarence will serve the next 36 months in prison for the unlawful distribution of Oxycodone.

Dr. Matthew Bennett, 49, was sentenced on Monday for unlawfully distributing and dispensing Oxycodone, a controlled substance. Along with spending 36 months in prison, Bennett also had to surrender his medical license and forfeited $19,000.

Investigators say between May and July of 2012, Bennett issued prescriptions for controlled substances to undercover law enforcement officers without a proper medical exam. On several occasions, Bennett also gave prescriptions to undercover officers in exchange for items like paper products and a gas grill.

Dr. Robin Kimmerer Plans Buffalo Presentation on ‘The Honorable Harvest’

Dr. Robin Kimmerer Plans Buffalo Presentation on ‘The Honorable Harvest’

Today’s news reports are full of buzzwords about the environment. Climate resiliency. Sustainability.

And it’s no surprise why. Humankind has left quite a mark on our land in the last couple hundred years. While we celebrate our new technological advancements, many of them separate us from the land even further. The scientific community analyzes our impacts and suggests ways to best manage our land. We struggle to find ways to lessen our footprint.

But not so long ago, indigenous peoples were sustained by this land for countless generations. What can we learn from native peoples as we look to the future?

Dr. Robin Kimmerer believes that the scientific community can apply traditional ecological knowledge in a way that respects and protects indigenous knowledge to reconnect people with the land.

Christmas in the Country is Ready to Feed Your Holiday Spirit

Christmas in the Country is Ready to Feed Your Holiday Spirit

When you make your way to Christmas in the Country Nov. 5-8 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, make sure you bring your Christmas gift-buying list, your holiday spirit ... and your appetite! 

This year, Western New York’s most-anticipated holiday event is adding local distillers, brewers and wineries who will be on hand sampling their crafts inside “The Tavern” at Christmas in the Country. The Tavern will also include indoor seating for patrons of the numerous food trucks and mobile food stands.  

“Food and beverages are becoming a significant part of the new craft movement,” said Dan Kaczynski from Premier Promotions, organizers of the event. “Local breweries and distilleries have joined wineries and are becoming more and more popular with a discerning buying public who see the value in keeping their dollars in the community.” 

Drug Epidemic Increases Need for Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors

Drug Epidemic Increases Need for Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors

 

The facts are clear, and very disturbing — the region’s drug epidemic is worsening by the day. In fact, during a recent 24-hour period, 10 heroin overdoses were reported in Western New York. 

“With the increase in drug addiction comes the need for more qualified healthcare professionals to help handle the problem,” said Monica Farrar, director of The Resource Training Center in Amherst. The nonprofit organization offers the 350 hours of chemical dependency education required by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to become a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). They also offer individual classes for those who are re-credentialing.

Roycroft Book Author to Take Part in Upcoming Events

Roycroft Book Author to Take Part in Upcoming Events

 

Local writer Joe Kirchmyer, author of “Head, Heart & Hands: Continuing the Handcrafted Tradition of the Original Roycroft Artisans,” will be selling and signing copies of his book at two upcoming events.

On Friday, Dec. 4, Kirchmyer will be at the Larkin at Exchange Building, 726 Exchange St., Buffalo, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. And on Dec. 5 and 6, he will be taking part in the Roycrofters-At-Large Winter Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the East Aurora Main Street School located across from the historic Roycroft Campus.

No Frills to release ‘When the Lights Go Out’ by Michael Farrell on November 10

No Frills to release ‘When the Lights Go Out’ by Michael Farrell on November 10

 

A barroom guitarist strumming between two lives. A faded bluesman drunk on his own legend. A rock pianist who responds to a higher calling. These compelling characters clash to drive the drama of author Michael Farrell’s second Buffalo-set novel, “When the Lights Go Out,” set for release by No Frills Buffalo on Nov. 10.

Farrell — whose debut novel “Running with Buffalo” was released in 2007 — returns to introduce readers to local musician Johnny “Nighthawk” Nolan, a downtown Buffalo favorite who spent his evenings exhaling covers and originals, all while basking in the adulation of devoted revelers. To Nolan, those nights under the lights meant everything — until he needed to walk away.