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Amherst, NY – The Amherst Museum has received a federal grant to help enhance tourism by linking to the Erie Canal.

The historic Erie Canal that once brought hundreds of thousands to the Western New York region is just 600 feet away from the Amherst Museum on Tonawanda Creek Road. Amherst leaders say it has always been a "dream" to bring the past and present together by linking the Canal and museum.

Buffalo, NY – Heavy snow on roofs continues to take a toll in the Buffalo area. One of the worst incidents in recent days occurred Thursday morning when accumulated snow caused a roof to slide off the top of a home on Ashley Street on Buffalo's East Side. It caused structural damage beyond repair. The home was later demolished. Its occupants were safely evacuated by firefighters.

Bill Raffel talks with Buffalo News Classical Music Critic Herman Trotter, who is retiring.

Buffalo, NY – After 35 years, the classical music critic for the Buffalo News is officially retiring today.

Herman Trotter started reviewing concerts as a free-lancer before replacing John Dwyer as the full-time classical reviewer in 1977. He had also written program notes for the former Buffalo Symphonette and the Philharmonic. while working other full-time jobs.

Buffalo, NY – After 35 years, the classical music critic for the Buffalo News is officially retiring today.

Herman Trotter started reviewing concerts as a free-lancer before replacing John Dwyer as the full-time classical reviewer in 1977. He had also written program notes for the former Buffalo Symphonette and the Philharmonic. while working other full-time jobs.

Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Common Council President James Pitts has been searching for some answers as to why utility bills were not paid at the Wiley Sports Pavilion at Jefferson and Best.

Buffalo, NY – Erie County Comptroller Nancy Naples is calling for a more formalized process for evaluating regional initiatives.

Naples says there needs to be more in-depth financial analyses of regional proposals coming before the County Legislature. She said such analyses were missing from two proposals approved by the Legislature in recent months -- the county's takeover of the city's garbage transfer station and this week's contribution of $5 million dollars for Dunn Tire Park improvements.

Niagara Falls, NY – Doctors at the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center are trying to determine if a Niagara Falls woman has cutaneous anthrax.

The 38-year-old woman went to the emergency room Saturday night with a lesion on her hand that bears some resemblance to the less severe, skin-based form of anthrax. She handles mail order returns for a clothing store at Summit Park Mall, Newport News outlet.

WBFO News photo Ray Marks

The Jamestown Prendergast Library system --  which serves Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties -- has a brand new director.  

WBFO News contributor Ray Marks traveled to the Southern Tier and sat down with Linda Mielke,  who comes to Western New York from California, where she held a similar position.

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