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A public hearing Monday night on a revised Comprehensive Master Plan for the Town of Lancaster and the villages of Depew and Lancaster drew a standing room only audience to Lancaster Town Hall. A majority of the residents who addressed the Lancaster Town Board trustees lived on Peppermint Road, a rural neighborhood in  northeastern Lancaster that is home to horse barns,…

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Ever since Tom the turkey was unceremoniously removed from his favorite Amherst intersection last November, we've wondered which critter would take his place wreaking havoc on the area's roadways. We've found a contender: the Depew beaver. Around 11:20 p.m. Saturday, a Lancaster police officer who was driving through the intersection of Transit Road and Broadway repo…

Business

Clarence construction contractor and developer Paul Bliss has completed his acquisition of the Buffalo Airport Inn in Lancaster following a foreclosure auction several weeks ago. Bliss, owner of Bliss Construction LLC, paid $1.35 million to buy the 88-room motel from Harjinder K. and Kabal S. Virk, through Singh Lodging Inc. Following the deal, he closed the motel, whil…

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Jonpaul Okal and Robert Swierat have never met. They grew up in separate parts of Western New York, and their lives took different turns. But they share the same wounds. Both say they were sexually abused as children by Catholic priests in their communities, accounts supported by their families. One says he was assaulted in the basement recreation room in his home, t…

Amherst

Wegmans customers can now order groceries online, then pick them up at the curb at three more locations in Buffalo, Depew and Amherst. Pickup is available at Wegmans' stores at 601 Amherst St. in Buffalo, 4960 Transit Road in Depew and 675 Alberta Drive in Amherst. The store at 3740 McKinley Parkway in Hamburg began piloting the program in January. Customers can shop…

Cheektowaga

Lancaster Unleashed, a group of Lancaster dog owners whose plan to build a dog park in the eastern suburbs has gained momentum, has found an ally in newly elected County Legislator John Bruso. "They're a unique group whose members have done an awful lot of prep work already," Bruso said. "I have toured Como Lake Park looking for possible locations. I'm trying to help th…

Amherst

New data from state regulators confirms what some consumers suspected all along: The companies that provide cable and wireless service aren't very good at responding to customer complaints. Who does the best? Gas and electric companies – a result that may come as a surprise to some customers. Those are the general findings from a Public Service Commission index that …

Crime

A 21-year-old Buffalo man was arrested overnight and charged with assaulting another man in a room at the Motel 6 Buffalo Airport, Lancaster police said Tuesday. Jeremy W. Hanks faces a second-degree assault charge after what police described as a domestic incident reported at 3:13 a.m. at the Freeman Road address. The victim suffered bleeding from his ears, a left e…

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Some of the area's newest and planned recreation destinations are described as "slam dunks" and "home runs." But they have nothing to do with basketball or baseball. The Town of Tonawanda's 4-mile rails to trails path has been getting rave reviews from joggers, bicyclists and dog-walkers for nearly two years. The City of Tonawanda is trying to capitalize on its confl…

Lancaster

Three motorists struck deer over roughly 12 hours between Thursday night and Friday morning on an approximately 1.8-mile stretch of Genesee Street in Lancaster, according to police. None of the drivers reported injuries but did sustain damage to their vehicles, Lancaster police said. The first deer-car collision was reported at 6:38 p.m. Thursday on Genesee near Vall…

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Wreckmaster, the Canadian-based training center for tow-truck drivers, is one step closer to opening a Lancaster location a public hearing Tuesday before the Lancaster Town Board. Wreckmaster --  founded by Justin Cruse in 1991 in Beamsville, Ont. -- is seeking a special use permit to operate an outdoor vehicle training facility and storage yard at 5500 Genesee St., sai…

Business

There's an extra $200,000 in the pockets of Paul Michael Bliss, and he's certainly not complaining. The Clarence construction contractor and developer won Thursday's court-ordered foreclosure sale for a Lancaster hotel — just one week after he nearly paid significantly more at a public auction for the same property. With his bid of $1.35 million, Bliss gained the rig…

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The Village of Lancaster is the latest community to relax its overnight winter parking restrictions due to unseasonably warm temperatures and no snowfall forecast. Mayor William C. Schroeder announced Wednesday morning the village's parking ban is lifted until March 6. Cheektowaga officials on Tuesday announced the town's ban is suspended until March 1 when it will b…

Amherst

Tops Markets said Wednesday its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing would not affect the more than 14,000 employees at its headquarters in Amherst and its network of stores in three states. But those workers, most represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local One, will keep a close eye on proceedings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern Di…