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The former Miller's Restaurant on Clinton Street in West Seneca will reopen in several months, the prospective owner of the property said. That's despite the misgivings of next door neighbor Brian Doster, who said at a public hearing Monday that there were problems with loud music on the patio bar, people shouting, lights flashing in his window and unruly behavior by pa…

Taxpayers in Hamburg Central and Frontier Central school districts can pay school taxes at three M&T Bank branches in Hamburg. Payments by check, bank check or money order will be accepted at M&T branches located at 23 Lake Ave., 5771 Camp Road and 6000 South Park Ave. Residents also may continue to pay their taxes in person at the town clerk’s office in To…

West Seneca has a new finance director. The Town Board created the position Monday night, and appointed Megan Wnek to the position. The position is "budget neutral," Supervisor Sheila Meegan said, because the town will no longer need to contract with outside accounting firm Drescher & Malecki for $140,000. Wnek will be paid $70,000 a year. Her salary and the c…

West Seneca landlords who don't live in their rental properties will have to register with the town under a landlord licensing law approved by the Town Board Monday night. The law aims at controlling properties -- particularly those owned by absentee landlords -- where there are numerous police calls for nuisance and criminal activities, such as illegal drugs, domestic …

There hasn't been a Republican primary for supervisor in Orchard Park in 20 years. And rather than two party insiders battling it out Tuesday, this primary is between a retired dentist who is the incumbent and a contractor who has party leaders scratching their heads because they don't know much about him. Supervisor Patrick J. Keem and Edward M. Shanahan have some…

The big primary election Tuesday in Hamburg may be the Democrat supervisor's race between James M. Shaw and Dennis Gaughan, but there are other races. Highway Superintendent Tom Best Sr., the only candidate on the Republican line, and Ted Casey, the only candidate on the Democratic line, are seen as the main candidates for highway superintendent. But each has a primary …

Jack Connors, publisher and president of Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal, will speak at the next breakfast installment of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce Leaders of Western New York series at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 21 at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant, 3785 South Park Ave., Blasdell. Connors has been with Business First since its launch in Buffalo in 1984 as a…

East Aurora School Board members have postponed a public hearing on spending money from a reserve fund until Oct. 11. The hearing on a proposal to spend $35,000 from the district's repair reserve fund to repair the air conditioning at Parkdale Elementary School originally had been scheduled on Wednesday, Sept. 13.      

Several West Seneca residents on Thursday endorsed a landlord licensing law being considered by the Town Board. "This law is exactly what is needed," said Pat Metz of Jasmine Avenue told board members at a public hearing on the proposal. A couple landlords asked questions, and District Attorney John J. Flynn spoke in support of the law. The law is aimed at controllin…

The Chautauqua County Veterans Council and American Legion will conduct a 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony at noon Monday in front of the Chautauqua County Courthouse, 1 N. Erie St., Mayville. The program will honor and remember the more than 3,000 Americans who were killed Sept. 11, 2001 when terrorists hijacked four planes and crashed them into the World Trade Center in New …

West Seneca Councilman William P. Hanley Jr. and Dave Monolopolus have known each other 30 years, but that didn't mean that Monolopolus would not challenge him for his Town Board seat in the Democratic primary election Tuesday. "Nobody should be given a free pass. Now I'm giving people a choice," Monolopolus said. There is no Republican candidate running for the offi…

Residents on Jasmine Avenue in West Seneca noticed their new neighbors had a lot of visitors, but they didn't stay long. The rental house — just a block from West Seneca West High School — had become a haven for drugs and drug addicts. In addition to other problems with the house, there have been three to four drug overdoses treated by emergency responders, neighbor…

Archaeologists intend to excavate the site of the first natural gas well in the United States at 85 Main St. in Fredonia this month. Evidence gained from the effort, dubbed I Dig Fredonia's Firsts, will strengthen the efforts of the Hart Gas Well Committee for historic site status with the state Historic Preservation Office. Douglas Perrelli, a University at Buffalo …

You won't find fifth- and sixth-graders at Gowanda Middle School sitting in neat rows of desks this year. Students now have the option of working at standing desks, bounce ball tables, Japanese pillow floor seating, comfort couch reading areas, as well as tabletops they can actually write on in double-sized classrooms. The school's Curriculum Director Paula Troutman …

Homeschool Mondays start next week at the Buffalo History Museum. The museum's new education series examines themed topics based on the exhibits featured in the museum: the John R. Oishei Pioneer Gallery, the John R. Oishei Native American Gallery and For Home and Country. Native Americans in Western New York are featured in September, early American life is the theme f…