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Paving work on a portion of Route 400 in Elma and Aurora will bring daily lane closures for roughly three months starting Monday, the state Department of Transportation said. The work will be done daily from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and cover the northbound and southbound lanes of the Aurora Expressway between Jamison Road and Route 20A, the agency said. Work zone spee…

Crime

Erie County sheriff's deputies say they are seeking the public's help in identifying a tractor-trailer involved in a hit-and-run collision that occurred Tuesday morning at the intersection of Transit Road and Clinton Street in Elma. According to deputies, the truck was traveling north on Transit Road at around 11 a.m. when witnesses observed it making a right turn onto …

Business

Steuben Foods wants to dramatically expand its Southtowns operations with a new warehouse and drive-in racking system, if the Erie County Industrial Development Agency is willing to help out with $460,000 in tax breaks. The food and beverage manufacturer, which focuses on dairy and plant-based products, is asking for tax breaks to support construction and equipping of a…

Gusto

When the lights went out in the North Star Tavern in 2013, people wondered if another family would step up to bring it back to life. The building, built in 1831, is older than the Town of Elma, whose people it has fed and watered for generations. According to the historical marker on the property, it was built next to an Indian trail that eventually became Seneca Street…

Business

As Bank of America Corp. prepares to vacate its operations center in West Seneca for new digs in Elma, the owner of the Transit Road property is now seeking a new tenant to take up the space. The Charlotte, N.C.-based banking company, one of the nation's biggest banks, announced last year that it would relocate to the former Motorola plant in Jamison Business Park at 61…

Business

Two Buffalo investors have purchased a pair of Elma manufacturing properties with three buildings in all from two developers – one of whom is under federal indictment for alleged mortgage fraud. Christian O. Gorino and John B. Collins paid $1.45 million through Maple Road Elma Holdings to buy the 2.6-acre parcel at 1221 and 1231 Maple Road in Elma, gaining 14,000 square…

Gusto

The first time Tom Pease publicly described his plans for a fried chicken restaurant in Elma, he hoped to open in April 2018. The year part came true, at least. On Dec. 21, after the completion of an extensive and thorough regulatory process, Rt. 16 Chicken Shack and Brewyard is officially opening at 6272 Seneca St. Owned and operated by Pease and his wife Donna, …

Columns

Like many of us, Michael Gernatt was moved and impressed by the tale of Cristino Almonte, an 18-year-old high school senior from Buffalo who repeatedly rode his bicycle 19 miles through  November rain and darkness to try out for an Exceptional Seniors all-star soccer tournament in Elma. “It’s just amazing,” said Gernatt, a Gowanda High School graduate who is now head co…

Beauts

Hours before their season opener Sunday, the Buffalo Beauts announced they have signed forward Meghan Fonfara, an Elma native. Fonfara finished her collegiate career at Elmira College with 65 points (34 goals, 31 assists) in 93 games. She had 26 points (12 goals, 24 assists) in 30 games as a senior. “Meghan came to our free agent camp and clearly showed that her athletic…

Business

Bank of America will move an operations center, with employees in various business lines, to Elma from West Seneca. The bank has signed a lease for space in the Jamison Business Park, at 611 Jamison Road, and will move there by the end of the second quarter of 2019, said Tara Burke, a bank spokeswoman. Bank of America will leave 2970 Transit Road in West Seneca, an 89,0…

The Erie County Sheriff's Office arrested a Mobil Express Mart employee Thursday after detectives determined that he stole more than $2,800 from the Elma business. Shawn Kois, 25, of Elma, faces a felony count of grand larceny, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. The store's management contacted the Sheriff's Office on July 18 after noting suspicious behav…

Business

A San Diego-area real estate investment firm, known for buying convenience stores and other retail sites to support the monthly dividends it pays to its investors, has acquired two more 7-Eleven stores in Western New York for a total of $2.7 million. Realty Income Corp. of Escondido, Calif., paid $1.41 million for a store at 402 Delaware St. in the City of Tonawanda and…

Business

Former NHL defenseman Jay McKee, who spent 10 seasons playing for the Buffalo Sabres through 2006 before moving on to other teams and then coaching, has finally sold his Western New York home. McKee and his wife, former Buffalo Jills cheerleader Nicole Malczewski, sold their five-bedroom home in Elma to Richard L. and Cynthia L. Betschen on Wednesday. The sale price was $…

Business

A paving contractor has sold part of the site where a longtime Jewish summer camp once welcomed children. Nicholas Capozzi of Capozzi Paving sold nearly 70 acres of the former Camp Centerland property at 2260 Bullis Road, along with a single-family home at 2280 Bullis, to an unknown entity called 2280 Bullis Road LLC. The buyer is registered to the address of law fir…

Business

Steuben Foods, the Elma-based food processor and maker of the Elmhurst line of vegan milks, added to its property inventory last week with the purchase of a single-family home next to its facilities. The company paid $350,000 for the three-bedroom house at 750 Jamison Road, formerly owned by Howard T. and Sharon A. Winkler. The 2,026-square-foot home was built in 1967 o…