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Hamlin Avenue property keeps zoning amid changes in developer

Despite a change in ownership, the property at 41 Hamlin Avenue will stay zoned as a Residential-Group-New Townhouse. The move comes after the property was purchased by James Milks of Telco Construction hours before the Dec. 17 board meeting. Milks had requested the board keep the property zoned as RGN, as he plans to build eight, 1½ -story condo units. […]

Town Board moves forward with LED light initiative

The Aurora Town Board advanced plans to join the NYSEG LED streetlight program during its meeting on Thursday, Dec. 20. Deputy Supervisor Charles Snyder addressed the board on his findings with regard to the process of converting to LED streetlights. The supervisor next needs to send a letter to NYSEG asking for Aurora to have a spot on the program […]

Board approves Business Use permit for RT 16 Chicken Shack and Brewyard

The Elma Town Board approved a business use permit for a new restaurant called RT 16 Chicken Shack and Brewyard at the Dec. 19 meeting. The restaurant is located at 6272 Seneca St. and officially opened on Dec. 20. It is owned by Tom and Donna Pease, who also own the Blue Lantern Lounge. The business features southern fried chicken, […]

Deadline approaching for DEC photo contest

The deadline is quickly approaching for a photo contest aimed at female hunters. The last day to submit entries into the WomenHuntFishNY photo contest is Monday, Dec. 31. The contest, which began in November, aims to draw attention to the number of women who hunt in New York. “Women are the fastest-growing segment of adult hunters, and DEC is excited […]

ECRT forms Friends of the Trail Committee in Orchard Park

After holding a well-attended meeting on the potential Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail in November, the not-for-profit organization is starting a Friends of the Trail Committee in Orchard Park. The forming of the group comes after ECRT entered a 49-year rail banking agreement, with five 10-year extensions, with the Buffalo Pittsburgh Railroad in July to construct a 27-mile trail from Orchard […]

Comptroller’s Office partners with WNY Heroes to fulfill veterans’ Christmas wishes

Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr. and his staff supported WNY Heroes’ Adopt-A-Hero Family program to make Christmas a little brighter for one local family of six. Meeting with WNY Heroes President and CEO Chris Kreiger, an Iraq War veteran, Mychajliw delivered donations and learned more about the agency’s year-round efforts. “During our tour of WNY Heroes’ Offices, people […]

Legislators speak out against proposed pay raise for state leaders

The Erie County Legislature has passed a resolution in opposition to pay raises for state elected officials. The vote, which took place on Dec. 20, passed by an 8-3 vote. Recently, a four-member pay compensation panel proposed raising salaries to $130,000 through the next three years. Those increases would make New York State lawmakers the highest paid in the nation. […]

State funding announced for snowmobile trail maintenance

The state will provide $4.2 million for snowmobile trail maintenance and grooming across New York state, including more than $1.1 million for snowmobile trails in Western New York, state Sen. Patrick Gallivan said. The state has also designated Jan. 25-27 as a free snowmobiling weekend for all out-of-state and Canadian snowmobilers. During this promotional weekend, the requirement to register in […]

For the new year, try a new resolution: Volunteer

A new year is nearly upon us, and we’re sure that many of you have made resolutions to either put an end to a lingering bad habit or lose weight, which may be two of the most common types of resolutions. We know that sometimes it’s difficult to remain vigilant in keeping the promise to yourself and to hold yourself […]