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West Seneca's temporary library will close at 6 p.m. Friday while staff members put the final touches on the new library inside the West Seneca Community Center and Library building in a week. The library plans to open its doors to the public at 10 a.m. June 25. Any books due the week the library is closed will have the due dates automatically extended so patrons wil…

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The Rev. Robert Beiter is a cemetery person. Some people are and some people are not, he told me last week. That is a matter of intensely personal choice. He understands both perspectives. For his part, he finds peace in whatever time he can spend on his knees in the graveyard, trowel in his hand. I met Beiter by chance. He was at the old Buffalo Cemetery in Cheektow…

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Veterinarian Dr. Helene Chevalier likes to talk about the man who had been out of work for a year. He had just gotten a new job, but his dog had developed a severe skin disease, and he couldn't afford to get it treated. He took it back to the SPCA Serving Erie County, where he had adopted it several years ago, with the intention of surrendering it. That's when staff mem…

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West Seneca's code enforcement officer is accused of making renovations to his house without getting a building permit, two sources said. John A. Gullo was placed on unpaid administrative leave May 4 as a result of disciplinary charges, according to the sources. The sources, who both have knowledge of the charges but did not want to be named, said a discrepancy i…

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A section of West Seneca's Charles E. Burchfield Nature & Art Center building will reopen this month. The entire building was shuttered in January 2017 after the hardware started popping off windows and it appeared the building was structurally unsound. Town Supervisor Sheila Meegan announced Monday the classroom area, which includes restrooms and the kitchen are…

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The Seneca Nation of Indians will commemorate the 176-year-old Buffalo Creek Treaty with a ceremony May 18 at the Burchfield Nature and Art Center Park, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca. The observance, which is open to the public, will start at 10:30 a.m. with a color guard from the Seneca Nation preceding Seneca, local, state and federal officials to the amphitheater, whe…

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The Town of West Seneca has suspended its senior code enforcement officer. John Gullo was suspended without pay Friday, and the town issued disciplinary charges against him, according to a statement by the board released by its public relations firm. The board plans to appoint an independent hearing officer to make a determination on the validity of the charges a…

Education

West Seneca Central School District's music department has been designated a "Best Community for Music Education" for the second year in a row, and that's not the only accolade for West Seneca musicians. Dan Scott, a 2005 West Seneca West graduate, won a daytime Emmy award for his work on "Disney's Broadway Hits at Royal Albert Hall (Broadway HD)." The program won in th…

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You thought the winter was long. It was. But before we could catch our breath, we charged right into construction season, where getting from here to there like usual may take a little longer. Southtowns residents learned that the hard way Tuesday morning, when their trip into Buffalo slowed to a crawl on Route 5 in Buffalo because of rehabilitation of the Skyway. …

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There's another petition drive in West Seneca. This one would increase the size of the Town Board from three to five by adding two council positions. This will be the second time residents will vote on increasing the size of the board after the 2009 referendum that reduced the size to three members. "Everybody thought that we would save money by eliminating two po…

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has decided to keep the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center in West Seneca, administration officials said Tuesday afternoon. The decision ends five years of protests, demonstrations and pleading by families, former patients, staff and elected officials to keep the highly regarded center on the campus known for its sprawling lawns and wood…

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Supporters of the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center want the state comptroller to investigate Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who vetoed legislation that would have kept the center in West Seneca. The Save the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center Coalition, including former patients, family and community members, has been fighting for years to keep the cent…

Clarence

"Welcome to Potholeville," says the sign on a bad stretch of Lakeview Road in Hamburg. It could be a sign in virtually every Western New York community. That's because cracks that were just bumps in the road a few weeks ago have opened into craters on city streets, county highways and state byways. "It is a safety hazard," said Hamburg Highway Superintendent Ted C…