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An agricultural company has acquired an Eden warehouse from a prominent family in the town, paying $2.566 million. Timac Agro USA of Reading, Pa., bought the facility at 8639 Depot St., formerly home to Eden Sanitation Service and Paul C. Laing Inc., from Laing Family Properties LLC. The 35,470-square-foot warehouse was built in 1906 on 0.81 acres. Timac Agro, which …

Health and Fitness

When Michael Kearns looked at the analytics of his 142nd Assembly District three years ago, he didn't like what he saw in terms of health and well-being. Erie County – including much of the Southtowns and Buffalo, which make up the district – ranked 54th out of 62 counties in the New York State health rankings. It would fall to 57th the following year. Despite ebbs a…

Business

Towne Automotive Group is growing again, acquiring the family-owned Schmitt's Audi Volkswagen dealership in Lancaster to add two new franchises and brands to its existing portfolio. Towne CEO Frank Downing Jr. did not say how much his group was paying to acquire the Schmitt's business, located at 5255 Genesee St. The acquisition, announced to employees this week, is exp…

Crisis Services, the nonprofit operator of the region's 24-hour emergency suicide-prevention hotline, has moved its offices to the Black Rock neighborhood, while selling its old building on Main Street to its new landlord. The agency, as of last month, is now ensconced in its new offices at 100 River Rock Drive, in a 51,000-square-foot building owned by Acquest Holdings…

Old computers, cellphones, televisions and other recyclable electronics will be collected from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the GM Tonawanda Engine Plant, 2995 River Road. The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning has partnered with the GM Tonawanda Engine Plant to offer the no-cost collection event for the past eight years. Local manufacturer Grief joined …

What's the state of Erie County politics? We asked our political reporter Bob McCarthy this afternoon following Mark Poloncarz's re-election, Sheila Meegan's surprising victory and more.  To read our election day analysis or see the complete breakdown of the polls, click on the links below: Erie County Incumbent Erie County Executive Poloncarz easily wins second term…

Art

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery's public art program has been busy. From "Shark Girl" to the glowing naked dudes perched atop steel poles that were unveiled at Canalside earlier this month, the county and city-funded program has already begun to visibly transform the visual landscape of the region. To help public art fans appreciate that growth, the gallery has put togethe…

Art

After years of uncertainty for cultural organizations in Erie County, it seems as if a new era of stability has arrived. Erie County's 2015 budget, proposed last month by County Executive Mark Poloncarz and approved with minor amendments by the legislature in one of the least contentious budget processes in memory, includes about a 1.4 percent increase in funding for loca…

Art

Meet “Shark Girl,” Buffalo’s newest piece of public art. She’s casually perched on a rock at Canalside, wearing a blue dress with a red sash and looking perfectly prim and proper. Except for the menacing shark head, that is. This disconcerting public sculpture, unveiled this afternoon, is the work of Cincinnati-based artist Casey Riordan Millard and the fist permanent pi…