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Where We Live: West Seneca

West Seneca

Two projects involving Route 400 in West Seneca are among almost $21 million in improvements announced last week by state Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, R-Elma.

The bridge carrying Route 400 over Route 240/Harlem Road will undergo a $7 million replacement, while eight miles of roadway along Route 400, between its intersection with the Thruway and Pound Road in Elma, will be fully repaved.

The money is coming from New York Works State Highway and Bridge Project Acceleration Program.

“Improving and enhancing infrastructure projects in Western New York have been a top priority of mine in the Senate,” Gallivan said. “Ensuring our roads and bridges are modern and safe will improve vehicular traffic and bolster existing economic developments efforts in the region.”

Also this week:

• Registration has been extended until Friday for the Oct. 5 baked pie contest that is part of the Burchfield Nature & Art Center’s Fall Festival. There is a $5 entry fee and contestants are limited to two pies. Visit to download a registration form, or stop by the center at 2001 Union Road; hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

• Southtowns Family YMCA, at 1620 Southwestern Blvd., is celebrating its 10th birthday with community events and a special deal on memberships through the end of September. For more information and a schedule of events, call the Southtowns YMCA at 674-9622 or visit