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Rick Ohler sees writing as a means of testament and healing. He's taught adult courses in writing for many years in East Aurora. The way he gets rolling, at the beginning of a new session, is to ask students what topic they hope to write about. Seven years ago, on a snowy January night, his spring writing course started in typical fashion. Some of the students were regu…

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The owner of Antique World is seeking tax breaks for a $1.5 million expansion into a neighboring building that includes seven luxury apartments and a store featuring his most valuable items. The Clarence Industrial Development Agency would grant a payment in lieu of taxes agreement along with sales and mortgage recording tax breaks to Kelly Schultz for the project at 10…

After rejecting the option for years, the Clarence Town Board is considering leasing light duty work vehicles and small transportation vans instead of buying new ones. Highway Superintendent James A. Dussing said at the board's meeting Wednesday that the town has 21 vehicles it tries to replace on a revolving three-year cycle. But even with the trade-in, the town will n…

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The Clarence Town Board rejected plans for a nine-unit subdivision on the site of the Clarence U-Pick Blueberry Farm on Shimerville Road. But board members stressed after the meeting that the decision had nothing to do with the loss of blueberries. The plan does not meet town codes, they said. The proposal would have landlocked one of two houses on the 36-acre lot if…

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The new owner of the Clarence Blueberries U-pick farm plans to build a subdivision of nine single-family homes on the property. A concept plan filed with the town shows the proposed houses spread out on the 34-acre property on Shimerville Road north of Roll Road. But neighbors say they're concerned about the loss of the blueberry patch and about the proposed construc…

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Benderson Development Co. will expand a retail building in the Eastgate Plaza in Clarence to make room for a City Mattress store, part of a musical-chairs shifting of three businesses along the Amherst-Clarence border. Benderson this week received approval from the Clarence Planning Board for an addition that would double the size of its 4,500-square-foot building at 49…

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The owners of the Clarence Blueberries U-pick farm have sold their property, including the home that sits on the 34-acre parcel, for $990,000. Satnam Basra, and his wife, Rajinder, said the sale of 5685 Shimerville Road also included the equipment needed to tend to the thousands of blueberry bushes on the farm. The new owner has told them he intends to keep the business…

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By Aubree Shofner – Contributing Writer Recently, a client of mine stopped me mid-conversation and said, “I see the scale, and I am overwhelmed with discouragement and frustration.” We have been working together for over three months, diligently, inside and outside of the gym. Yet, despite their commitment to both personal training and nutrition services, nothing has ch…

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Two experts from the University at Buffalo will give a talk on cybersecurity next month at North Presbyterian Church in Amherst. Shambhu Upadhyaya, the associate dean for graduate education and research in UB's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and David Murray, the director of the Management School's Sleiman Information Assurance Lab, will talk about how the …

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Two people from Buffalo have been charged with robbing a store in the Eastern Hills Mall, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. Jamie Cordon, 27, and Chelsea Jeffords, 25, are charged with robbing the Bon-Ton store on Nov. 26. Victims reported a female subject stealing items from the store and a male suspect punching a store employee in the parking lot before t…

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A Clarence man faces a felony grand larceny charge after a family member reported more then $3,000 was taken from his home, according to the State Police. Jason Alberti, 20, was arrested after the victim reported the missing money on Monday, according to police. Small increments were taken over a period of three months, the victim told authorities. The family mem…

A family doctor in Clarence has sold a medical office building near his own practice to a Lockport development firm. Dr. Michael J. Bloom, a family doctor on Main Street, sold the Clarence Crossroads Medical Center at 9095 Main Street, near the intersection with Sheridan Drive, to Stephen Development Properties. The purchase price was $1.2 million. The building, whic…

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Homebuilder Essex Homes has completed the third phase of its newest luxury patio home project in Clarence, as it prepares to move into the final stage of the development. The developer has added 22 lots to the existing Essex Greens at Waterford project, including five that are currently under contract and under construction. That added another $10 million to the overall…

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The parent company of Buffalo Crushed Stone has paid $1.4 million to buy the neighboring Greatbatch Medical Inc. plant in Clarence which is set to close. New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co. on Thursday bought the 13.7-acre property at 4098 Barton Road, at Wehrle Drive, from a trust that benefits a relative of Wilson Greatbatch, the founder of the battery and medical devic…