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A Cheektowaga man has been arrested following a rash of break-ins this month in the Clinton Street area, near the West Seneca-Cheektowaga border, according to the West Seneca Police Department. Liam Date, whose age police did not provide, was charged Wednesday with three counts of burglary, one count of attempted burglary and numerous other charges in connection wit…

Buffalo

For many years, Kristen Sikorski sensed that something of deep meaning was missing in her family. As a young woman in Kenmore, with seemingly no close relatives beyond her two sisters and their parents, Sikorski knew vaguely that her maternal grandfather was killed in a plane crash. She had no idea that disaster, involving an American Airlines flight from Buffalo, wa…

Education

West Seneca School District voters Tuesday approved a $75.5 million capital improvement proposition by a vote of 1,441 to 487. The project includes improvements and renovations to all of the district's five elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools — as well as the Potters Road administration building. “We’re very excited and encouraged,” School Sup…

Bisons and Baseball

Feb. 28, 1948 – Oct. 18, 2018 Steven W. Nelson lived with cancer for most of a decade, but that did not stop him from continuing to show others the power of kindness, said lifelong friend Pete Hermann, who recalled a recent example. “I was getting ready to coach my final basketball game in Georgia and I hear there is someone who wants to try out for the team,” recalled…

Business

The Mayer Brothers Cider Mill and Bakery in West Seneca is open from late summer to the mid-fall season, for those seeking locally made cider, baked goods and maple syrup. The 166-year-old family-owned business opened for the season on Aug. 8 and will remain open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Nov. 30, according to the cider mill's website, mayersbrother.com. Lo…

Erie County

Baby Blue had lost considerable weight by the time Dr. Helen E. Sweeney examined the anorexic koi in her West Seneca office. The fish had not eaten in weeks, yet it unleashed a flurry of tail flaps as the veterinarian approached its tank. Sweeney, unfazed, trained her eyes on the pale blue fish. As she reached into the tank with one hand, its tail began to redden, a sig…

Local News

When Gene Hart was growing up in West Seneca, Union Road was a tree-lined boulevard. "All those houses in Gardenville all had nice front lawns," said Hart, a member of the Town Board. But then the automobile grew in popularity and the population of the bedroom community nearly doubled from 1960 to 1970. Interstate highways and expressways were built, and state highwa…

Local News

There have been some testy exchanges between West Seneca Town Board members and residents, but if you miss the meeting, you don't see it. Not anymore: West Seneca Town Board meetings are now being live-streamed. Monday's meeting was the first to be broadcast on the town's YouTube channel, called West Seneca. There also is a link to the site on the town website. Th…

Columns

In an ideal world, Sjunseeargn Foxx would have loved to handle the task herself. Her son, Tremaine Brown, wanted to learn to ride a bike. Sjunseeargn wishes she could have helped him with it in the same way her own mother helped her, during her Brooklyn childhood. She wishes she could have held his bike and hurried alongside him outside their Williamsville home, letting…

Erie County

More than 21,000 first responders in Erie County, including officers in 11 police agencies, as well as civilians, know how to administer naloxone, the opiate rescue drug, to someone who has overdosed. But patrol officers in four communities do not carry the lifesaving drug, and mothers who have lost children to opioid overdoses are asking them to place the drug in their…

Local News

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…

Columns

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…

Local News

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…

Erie County

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…