Friday, May 7, 2021

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    WNY’s positivity rate drops below 3% for first time since late March: The five-county region's positivity rate, on a seven-day average, fell to 2.8% on Wednesday, state officials reported. The rate was 5.2% on April 16 and 8.8% in early January. Read more


    Williamsville School Board appoints new superintendent: Darren Brown-Hall, the No. 2 administrator in the Buffalo Public Schools, was officially hired Thursday as the next superintendent in the Williamsville School District. Read more

    Braymiller Market slated to open in downtown Buffalo: Downtown Buffalo’s first grocery store focused on fresh produce is expected to open in less than two months. The market is part of the $75 million mixed-use project at 201 Ellicott St.

    DA: Buffalo State student most likely died by suicide: Authorities believe a missing SUNY Buffalo State student died by suicide. Though her body has not been recovered, an "exhaustive" search for Saniyya Dennis tracked her last known movements to Niagara Falls State Park. 

    Brown didn’t budget money for speed zone cameras  but he’s not giving up on them: There’s no revenue line for the school speed zone camera program in Mayor Byron Brown’s 2021-22 budget proposal. Does that mean he’s walking away from the controversial program? His administration says no. 

    Intense final trailer released for ‘A Quiet Place Part II’: The final trailer is out for the Buffalo-made film and it takes us right to the terrifying start of the alien invasion. The movie will be released in theaters May 28. 


    A dank day: Steady rain this morning, with showers continuing this afternoon. Highs in the mid-40s. 


    Good Morning, Buffalo: Dream deferred to cap lifetime of unforgettable moments for longtime Bisons fan

    The sofa when the bed is tucked into the ceiling.

    Robert Kirkham / Buffalo News

    Now you see it, now you don’t: West Side apartments first in nation to offer unique bed: The Cloud Bed is something you'd expect to see in a much more crowded city with limited real estate and sky-high prices to match the heights of its buildings. It’s an electronically driven bed that enables a single area to double as both a living room and a bedroom. 


    New UBMD OB-GYN program can help women find the best birth control for their needs: There are dozens of formulas of birth control pills, as well as other ways to prevent pregnancy. Those with medical conditions or complex medical needs may have a harder time finding the best one with the fewest side effects. A new UBMD Obstetrics & Gynecology complex contraceptive care program aims to change that in the region. 


    AFC East draft review: Grading the hits and risks for Bills' rivals: The Buffalo Bills’ AFC East rivals loaded up on prime picks in the 2021 NFL draft. Mark Gaughan reviews how the Buffalo Bills’ competition fared in the draft. 

    Bills' selection of Spencer Brown 'just thrilling for everyone' in his Iowa hometown: Lenox's population is 1,407. Late last Friday, it seemed as if 1,406 members of the community were celebrating along with one of their own, Spencer Brown, after he became a third-round pick of the Buffalo Bills and his town's first contribution to the NFL. 


    The Wraparound: Sabres clinch NHL's worst record with 8-4 loss to Penguins: The Sabres received two goals from fourth-line winger Drake Caggiula to keep pace early, but the Penguins pulled away behind four goals from Jeff Carter for an 8-4 win on Thursday night. 

    Sabres have mistake-filled night in Pittsburgh: Here are Lance Lysowski's observations from the game. Is Caggiula playing himself into a permanent role? 


     A man who is trekking across the nation on his electric scooter made a stop in Lancaster this week. Las Vegas native Alex Simon is on a 3,000-mile journey that will take him from Boston to Oregon. Spectrum News’ Ted Goldberg says the trip will take a month as Simon logs about 120 miles each day in hopes of bringing attention to e-scooters and electric transportation. 

    • Many of us need no reminder that allergy season is moving into high gear. Spending time in a salt cave could help people who suffer from sinus or respiratory issues, reports WIVB’s Gabrielle Mediak. She visited a unique business in East Amherst that offers salt therapy sessions in a "calming atmosphere."

     A local student’s passion for transit systems helped propel him into the top 10 in NPR’s Student Podcast Challenge. SUNY Buffalo State student Bennett Cook talks with WBFO’s Jay Moran about his podcast titled “Subway Symphony.” Cook's affinity for all-things-transit have also inspired him to build miniature trains using LEGOs and drawing transit maps by hand.

     Today would have marked the 71st birthday of the late Tim Russert, a Buffalo native who was the longest-serving moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Visit Buffalo Niagara posted this tribute to Russert a couple of years ago that includes a peek at his preserved NBC office that is on display at the Buffalo History Museum.

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    Walter D. “Pete” Mairs, 81, died peacefully on July 23, 2021. Born in Avon, N.Y., on Sept. 3, 1939, Pete was a longtime resident of Geneva, N.Y., and these past many years in Buffalo, N.Y., as well as his beloved Silver Lake. Pete is survived by his wife, Linda Bergstrom Mairs, a loving and true companion; children, Mimi C. Mairs, Jonathan B. Mairs; sisters, June Huff, Helen Dole; brother, Thomas Mairs; stepchildren, Daniel Brinkworth, Jennie Ramsey; sister-in-law, Anne Bergstrom, eight beautiful grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. A service and celebration of life is planned for the fall when all can share the joy of Pete’s life together. Arrangements by Stephenson – Dougherty Funeral Home, Avon, N.Y.

    Editor's Note: It was a privilege knowing and working with Pete Mairs during his presidency of the Silver Lake Institute. He was a kind and gentle man, but also firm in his leadership. I served as Treasurer and Chaplain of SLI during those years and I could always depend on Pete's presence in the worship service. He was a man of faith and a gem of a human being. May he rest in God's care.


    Gerald C. Sahrle, 80, of Perry, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born on Oct. 10, 1941, in Wayland, N.Y., to the late Charles A. and Helen I. (Blowers) Sahrle. Gerry was a line foreman for 32 1/2 years for NYSE&G, working out of the Perry and Hamburg locations, and was a Town of Perry Councilman. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Constellation Lodge -404 in Perry. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and woodworker. He is survived by his wife, Valary A. (Conley) Sahrle; 1 son, Gerald (Pamela) Sahrle II of Silver Springs; 2 sisters, Millie Edmond of Greece, Bonnie Fink of Winston-Salem, N.C., 3 brothers, Ronald (Linda) Sahrle of Dansville, Robert (Susan) Sahrle of Springwater, Kenneth Sahrle of Dansville; 5 grandchildren, Bradley Musscarella, Stone and Winston Sahrle, Conley and Cooper Gayton; along with many nieces, nephews and friends. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Sahrle, who passed away in 2012. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Gerry will be laid to rest in West Perry Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Perry Center Fire Department, P.O. Box 204, Perry, NY 14530. For more information, please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence, visit Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street, Perry, NY 14530.

    Editor's Note: Gerald and Valarie could always be seen in the family pew with Pamela, Stone and Winston at Perry First United Methodist Church and continue to be loved. Gerry will be sorely missed. Both were supporters of the Arts at the Silver Lake Institute and Valarie was active in painting and participating in the Annual Show in August. Valarie's presence was always valued and appreciated.


    "Kathy P." passed November 8, 2021, of Hamburg and Boston, NY. Beloved daughter of Joseph and Barbara Michalak; loving sister of Daniel Michalak; devoted wife of the late Jeffrey Praczkajlo; cherished mother of Jennifer (Shawn) Jump; loving babcia of Lily Jump; also survived by many beloved family members and friends who became her family. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

    Editor's Note: "Kathy P." as she was better known to us at Silver Lake was an annual summer visitor for most of the last number of years at the invitation of Silver Laker Julia Hoffner. She stayed at the Hoffner Cottage, and became known as both the fun visitor with the vivacious smile to the neighbors at the intersection of Haven Ave. and the Ames Walkway. Kathy P. and Julie could be seen walking and talking between the cottage and the Hoffner boathouse where they could be close to the water. She was also occasionally seen at the Saturday morning breakfasts at Stoody Hall. Her stay was anywhere between 4 days and a week where she had the opportunity to develop a love for Silver Lake. She was not yet eligible for retirement when late last week she developed "a cold" and had to remain home from her job. She did not update her condition over the weekend so the local police made a wellness visit and found her deceased on Monday. She was one of those many people who found Silver Lake and friendship for brief respites where she also found new strength and energy to return to work. She is being particularly mourned by those in the Haven/Ames neighborhood. She will be memorialized next summer at the annual Celebration of Life Memorial Service at Epworth Hall.


    Brenda Joan Paddock, 82, of Perry, born April 15, 1939, now resides in heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Brenda met Jesus as her Savior in 1965. She met him in person on Nov. 14, 2021. She had a beautiful homecoming with music, singing and praying, leading her into Glory. Her last words were “I am well, I am well.”

    Brenda’s greatest loves were her family and friends. Brenda had five children with her husband Roger: Don and Daelene Paddock of Florida, Jody and Tim Von Sanden of Pavilion, Bradley and Jeanie Paddock of Warsaw, Jennifer and Paul Guy of Massachusetts, and Nathan and Jill Paddock of Perry.

    Brenda dearly loved her grandchildren: Jessica Morillo, Nikki and Clint O’Brien, Luke Paddock, Paul Paddock, Ian and Brooklyn Paddock, Joe and Louana Paddock, Burke and Megan Paddock, Aaron Paddock, Ellen Paddock, Andrew Paddock, Rachael Paddock, Abigail Paddock, Erik and Cassandra Von Sanden, Jacquelyn and Michael Jones, Tim Von Sanden, Brandon and Brandee Paddock, Jamey and Laura Paddock, Peter and Kara Guy, Candy and Jay Waitkevich, Marlo and Ryan Bolger and Jenna and Rory Peterson.

    Brenda was blessed and loved her great grandchildren: Chloe, Olivia and Nicholas Von Sanden, Joshua and Jaxon Morillo, Jameson and Cassandra O’Brien, Atlas Paddock, Noah and Ezra Jones, Colton, Brantley and Charlotte Guy, Cameron Waitkevich, Amelia Bolger and Brennen Leonard.

    Brenda is also survived by her brother and sister in laws; Frank and Emma Paddock, Viva and Jim Phillips-Richardson and Kurt and Lynn Paddock.

    Brenda first started working as a secretary at Perry Central School. She then assisted her husband building Paddock’s Breeding Service. Roger and Brenda together built and ran the Sandsabarn teenage nightclub. Brenda was owner and operator of Serendipity Travel. Brenda’s pleasures included playing organ and piano. She played at a number of area churches along with performing for her loved ones. UPDATED -- Brenda also played with conviction at both indoor and outdoor services at the Silver Lake Institute where her grandson, Luke, sang at Epworth Hall on several occasions and was appreciated by all who heard his inspiring voice.

    Brenda was preceded in death by her parents Noble and Freda Buckland, her husband Roger and son Bradley.

    A Committal service at West Perry Cemetery will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, November 17 at 11 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at LaGrange Baptist Church at 4 p.m.

    Memorial donations may be made in Brenda’s honor to the LaGrange Baptist Church 7092 LaGrange Rd. Perry, NY 14530 or to the First Congregational Church P.O. Box 156 Perry, NY 14530. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St., Perry, N.Y. 14530. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit

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