Searching for Plum Pox

September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 6, 2010 at 7:15 AM EDT

September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 6, 2010 at 7:15 AM EDT

The plum pox virus still has area farms and now area residents on alert. That's the focus of a report in this week's Business First. A team of state and federal agriculture officials has begun surveying residential properties in Niagara County hot spots, hoping they won't find any more signs of the virus. Plum pox affects stone fruit trees and ornamental trees and shrubs. It was first found in Niagara County in 2006. Farmers had to destroy thousands of trees. The virus now appears to be on the decline, but officials tell Business First they don't want to take any chances.

In real estate news, former Buffalo Bills President and GM Tom Donahoe has sold his home on LeBrun Road in Eggertsville for $1,165,000, according to the Erie County Clerk's office. Business First says the sale price was 30 percent higher than what the Donahoes paid back in 2001. They remained in WNY after the Bills let Donahoe go.

Buffalo Filter is moving from Amherst to Lancaster. The company will break ground at the end of the month on a $5 million site at Genesee Street and Gunnville Road. Buffalo Filter makes surgical smoke evacuation equipment.