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Erie County is providing $7,000 to study whether it makes sense to open a cooperative market in Williamsville. The group of volunteers working to bring a co-op to the village said the feasibility study likely will cost a total of $10,000. Legislators Edward A. Rath III and Tom Loughran sought the money in the 2018 county budget. The Village Co-op Market of Williamsvi…

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For as long as anyone can remember, Amherst was usually a reliable Republican stronghold. Town GOP leaders are still scratching their heads, trying to figure out what went wrong on Election Day 2017. Democrats surprised many by sweeping the Amherst races for supervisor and two Town Board seats, resulting in what will be an all-Democratic board on Jan. 1 for the first ti…

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The Town of Amherst wants to buy a 57-acre East Amherst property, a move that would scuttle a developer's plans to build an 80-house subdivision there. It's the latest twist in a project that has pitted neighbor against neighbor and revived a split between the Town Board and Amherst's Zoning Board of Appeals. Outgoing Amherst Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein said he wan…

Sports

While the attention of most Western New Yorkers turns to skating, skiing and sledding, Lily Zhang is thinking of driving, chipping and putting. The fourth-grader at Forest Elementary in Williamsville is looking forward to April 1, when she'll compete at Augusta National Golf Club, the home of the Masters Tournament, in the national Drive, Chip & Putt contest. She'll…

The state Liquor Authority on Wednesday ordered the emergency suspension of a Cheektowaga strip club's liquor license after a series of fights and other disturbances. Town police have been called to Tryst on Aero Drive 77 times over the eight months between February and October, including calls for assaults, fights and shots fired, the authority said in a news release. …

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Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. has completed its $220,000 purchase of a nearly 15-acre parcel in Amherst owned by the Williamsville School District that will allow it to build a second access road into its proposed Muir Woods development. The School Board approved the sale of the vacant land at 520 Campbell Blvd., which the district has owned for 50 years, in October and t…

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The family that wants to sell 57 acres in East Amherst to make way for an 80-home subdivision doesn't want to wait until March for the Town Board to act on its request to rezone the property. Instead, the family has asked the town Zoning Board of Appeals for a ruling that would pave the way for the $35 million project – and take its fate out of the hands of the Town Boa…

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Amherst's newest road, Shoreline Parkway, connects residents of the Dockside Village apartment and townhome complex to Millersport Highway and the Lockport Expressway to the south. But Highway Superintendent Pat Lucey says making a left turn from Shoreline onto the five-lane, 55 mph state highway is unsafe for motorists. It's the only intersection of a town road and sta…

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Amherst residents may obtain a 2018 ID card from the town's Youth and Recreation Department starting Dec. 18. The cards may be purchased for $5 at the department's office at the Northtown Center, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive. Proof of residency and a new photo taken at the time of registration are required for new and renewal cards. A resident ID card is required to regi…

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The Boulevard Mall, the oldest enclosed shopping mall in the region, has a new owner after Forest City Enterprises gave up control rather than go through a foreclosure. But there aren't likely to be any changes for shoppers and tenants in the near future. Forest City, which was facing a legal seizure after defaulting on its $92 million loan, turned over the deed on t…

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East Amherst's traffic-blocking turkey is now East Concord's "free-ranging" turkey. And he's doing just fine there, said Kate Watson, operator of Nora's Ark, a wildlife rehabilitation center. The male Eastern wild turkey known as Tom to many was for years a regular sight at the intersection of Paradise and Klein roads where he blocked lanes, pecked at tires and circl…

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The Amherst Planning Board on Thursday reconsidered its approval of a $2.5 million daycare center proposed for a busy corner of town — and came to the same decision it did the first time. The re-review of the EduKids center planned for 6286 Main St., at Stonham Way, came at the request of the Amherst Town Board, which acted after residents of the Greythorne gated commun…

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Tom the turkey has a new home far from the East Amherst roost he ruled for years, authorities said. The male Eastern wild turkey routinely seen blocking traffic at Paradise and Klein roads was relocated Wednesday to the Nora's Ark rescue and wildlife rehabilitation center in East Concord,  Amherst Police Animal Control confirmed Thursday. Nora's Ark, on its website, …

The daylong "Holiday in the Village" is Saturday in Williamsville and it includes special activities throughout the village. Photos with Santa are from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the historic Water Mill on Spring Street, where horse and wagon rides will also be offered. Stuff your stockings "trick-or-treat style" from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at merchants throughout the villag…