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Nik Rivers has enjoyed plenty of travel, social gatherings and brushes with celebrities during two decades as a radio personality. Until last spring, he had 50 extra pounds to show for his professional career, too. Crazy hours, fast food meals and vending machine snacks were part of the mix at stints at stations in New England, Florida, Albany, Rochester and, for the…

Some people lust after designer bags, take expensive trips to the salon and are only happy with the latest luxury car. Personally, I splurge on a new purse from Target once a year, wax my own eyebrows and plan to drive my eight-year-old Prius – the car I gave birth in, mind you – another 100,000 miles at least. For me to covet something, it has to be really good. It…

Following are real estate transactions over $5,000 as listed in records of the Erie County clerk’s office for the week ending Aug. 18, 2017. AKRON • 5 Shepard Ave., Betty A. Williams; Robert W. Williams to Deborah A. Hehnen; John E. Hehnen Jr., $170,000. • 12 Hart St., Stephen L. Kraatz to Heather M. Cayea; William J. Cayea, $96,000. ALDEN • 12705 Uebelhoe…

Following are real estate transactions over $5,000 as listed in records of the Niagara County clerk’s office for the week ending Aug. 4, 2017. LOCKPORT • 5312 Stone Road, Bmg Property Holdings; Milhap Capital Group to Adam J. Newman; Amanda R. Newman, $143,000. NEWFANE • 6333 Rounds Road, James Mathews to Daniel S. Roy; Tammy L. Roy, $160,000. • 6155 Prosp…

Health care leaders from The Eden Alternative, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University at Buffalo will share insights on aging during a panel discussion Nov. 3. The event will take place at Templeton Landing in Buffalo. The event -- "Improving the Health Status of the Community: Person-Centered Care for our Aging Population" -- will explore clinical, social …

Paul S. Crews, currently the deputy health care system director for the San Francisco VA Health Care System, has been named interim director of the VA Western New York Healthcare System’s Buffalo VA Medical Center. The assignment takes effect on Oct. 1. Brian Stiller, the former director, will assume a new position within the Veterans Integrated Service Network off…

D.F. Stauffer Biscuit Co.'s  plant in Allegany County, which makes a variety of cookies and crackers, will close at year's end, eliminating 51 jobs. The company said it will close the Cuba plant and combine the site's manufacturing into "higher production facilities" in York, Pa., and Santa Ana, Calif. The company is headquartered in York, where it made its first ani…

SolarCity has agreed to pay $29.5 million to settle allegations that it lied to the federal government by submitting inflated claims through a solar energy stimulus program, the Justice Department said Friday. The settlement resolves a federal investigation that has been underway since 2012 into allegations that SolarCity submitted thousands of claims that overstated th…

Western New York’s uninsured rate of 3.68 percent is 39 percent lower than the statewide uninsured rate of 6.06 percent and 57 percent lower than the national uninsured rate, according to a Univera Healthcare analysis of new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. “Credit goes to the collaborative environment in Western New York, in which the health systems and the physic…

Five Star Bank's parent company said it generated net proceeds of about $29.8 million through its recent "at-the-market" stock offering. Financial Institutions, based in Warsaw, launched a stock offering of up to $40 million in late May. The recent trading window for sale of shares under the offering closed Sept. 15. "We will continue to assess our capital needs …

Summer is over. The last of the swimsuits are on clearance racks. And stores have begun selling ornaments, artificial trees and other Christmas merchandise. Yes, Christmas. When it comes to the holidays, some national chains have no chill. Macy's has started decking the halls as if Santa were coming down the chimney tonight. Big Lots put out its Christmas wares we…

Looking for work? Seasonal hiring has begun at many local retailers, as stores begin stocking up on workers to help with the busy holiday shopping season. -- Macy's announced it will hire roughly 80,000 seasonal employees to work its Macy's and Bloomingdale's stores, call centers, distribution centers and online fulfillment centers across the country for this year's hol…

A Facebook executive and the former CEO of the Huffington Post will be among the seven judges who will pick the winners of next month's 43North business plan competition. The judges will listen to two-minute pitches from each of the 10 finalists and then have five minutes to ask them questions during the contest's finals, which will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 in Shea's Perf…

The main insurers in Western New York received above-average results in the latest annual ratings of health insurance companies by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The committee rated more than 1,000 plans for 2017-18, including 20 private, 30 Medicare and seven Medicaid plans in New York state. The national group examined three general categories – co…

Steve Records believes in the power of entrepreneurs, but he sees a big challenge on the small business landscape. “The Great Recession cost the U.S. about 4 million small businesses that have not come back,” said Records, national vice president of field operations for SCORE, a business mentoring group. Records said SCORE’s 300 chapters and 10,0000 volunteers …

The Buffalo Niagara job market is tight. But it’s far from hot. New federal job data is painting a more detailed picture of the local labor market, and that picture has elements of good news and bad news. The good news is that wage growth is finally starting to heat up after barely rising faster than inflation for most of the last five years, pay jumped in a big wa…