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Lancaster village officials hope to launch their search by the end of the month for an engineering firm to guide a $2.5 million construction project to extend West Main Street. The Empire State Development grant will fund the planning, design, engineering and construction of the extension from its current terminus to Pleasant Avenue, said Trustee Lynne Ruda. “It will…

Amherst

Post-blizzard concerns over possible flooding took center stage Sunday, as mild temperatures reached 50 degrees and were expected to be several degrees warmer Monday. The snow melt is expected to challenge pedestrians forced to navigate large, sloshy pools of water, and threatens to flood basements and overtake rivers and creeks in the aftermath of last week's blizzard.…

Lancaster

The Lancaster Village Board didn't have much of a debate about a proposed group home in the community. Trustee Lynne T. Ruda said there was nothing to debate. “I can’t even envision the concept of saying no. Part of our responsibility as a community is to be accepting of all,” Ruda said. “There was no reason to take it to a public hearing and create controversy when the…

Buffalo

With dangerous wind chills and heavy snow predicted this week, school superintendents are keeping an eye on the weather map to help them find the sweet spot between closing too soon before a forecast is set, and giving parents enough notice to find child care. For a city district like Niagara Falls, which has about 2,500 students walking to school, wind chill appears to…

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It took decades to convince Americans to throw paper, tin cans, glass jars and plastic milk jugs into the recycling bin instead of the garbage. And now, some of those recyclables are ending up in the landfill. Recycling is not going away, but because of a shift in the worldwide market, the system is undergoing changes that will dictate everything from what we can rec…

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Lancaster recreation director Robert Giroux may be new to the top job, but already he is making history by holding the department’s first public recreation forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Lancaster Senior Center, 100 Oxford Ave. Giroux, who served the Town of Lancaster Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department for 40 years, would like to see young adults ages 13 to 18 …

Business

A Lancaster developer who is already working on a project in the village has acquired a Cheektowaga retail plaza on Walden Avenue with four tenants for $1.375 million. Tommy Sweeney, owner of Glassco Management, bought the 1-acre strip center through his limited-liability company, Upstate Apartments. The seller was Rene D. Riffel, trustee of the the Marvin Spindelman Fa…

Watchdog

It’s what you don’t see, smell or hear that separates Elderwood at Lancaster from poorly run nursing homes. There are no pungent odors from incontinence that often are a telltale sign in low-rated nursing homes. The air smells clean. The floors shine. There is no undercurrent of tension. At short-staffed nursing homes, conversations between staff and residents someti…

Buffalo

The Buffalo Diocese has offered a $650,000 settlement to a man who accused a priest of aiming a gun at his head and molesting him when he was a child in the 1980s. It’s the highest settlement offer revealed publicly to date under the diocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, topping a $400,000 offer. Amherst attorney Steve Boyd said Tuesday that …

Depew

Thirty children who attend the Depew-Lancaster Boys & Girls Club in Depew will find a bicycle under their Christmas trees, thanks to the work of A.B.A.T.E. of Buffalo and Erie County. Donations collected at the group’s 28th Annual Toy Run in September allowed the motorcycle enthusiasts to purchase 15 girls' and 15 boys' bicycles, plus helmets, said Elias Argen, ABAT…

Education

Voters in two Erie County school districts approved propositions for capital projects Tuesday. Lancaster School District voters approved a proposition that calls for $77.1 million in capital projects, by a vote of 1,417 to 217, according a spokeswoman for the district. The capital projects package in Lancaster — the larger of the two districts — calls for upgrades an…

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Reconstruction of the Stony Road Bridge in Lancaster is complete. The two-year, $1.6 million project began in 2017 with the replacement of the existing, deteriorated culvert at the bridge site. This year, the Department of Public Works replaced the old twin-span steel bridge first built in 1956. The new bridge is a single-span, steel multigirder bridge spanning 115 feet…

Amherst

And you thought the elections were over. That's not the case in several Erie County school districts, which will be holding referendums on capital projects that, if approved this month, would cover everything from new roofs to parking lots to turf fields. Why December, when some voters may be preoccupied with the impending holidays, or have already left town for warm…

Watchdog

A deceased former Buffalo Diocese priest is accused of pointing a gun at the head of a teenage boy he was molesting in the mid-1980s. The sexual abuses are alleged to have happened after Buffalo Diocese officials were told the Rev. Michael R. Freeman had molested other boys and young men, but kept him in ministry. Freeman was serving as associate pastor at St. Mary p…

Lancaster

The Town of Lancaster will roll out its tote trash removal system in February. The new service will cost the town $2.5 million. And as with most services, residents will pay. A 2.78 percent tax increase means town property owners will pay a tax bill of $953.88 for a home assessed at $100,000 — or $25.73 more than they did in 2018. Lancaster village residents, mean…