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Heading into this week, Justin Jacobs was a dissident shareholder arguing for a shakeup at Ecology & Environment. At lunchtime on Thursday, Jacobs was heading into his first board meeting at the environmental services company's Lancaster headquarters as one of two new directors backed by the activist Connecticut investment firm where Jacobs is a managing partner. …

Multiple firetrucks and emergency vehicles responded to a barn fire around 12:30 p.m. on 657 Aurora St. in Lancaster, where two full stories were engulfed in flames. https://twitter.com/Lanc_Depew_Bee/status/852609728970665985 Area roads were closed for a short period of time. https://twitter.com/sarapmeehan/status/852559347335016448 https://twitter.com/Kayla_…

Work has begun on Plum Bottom Creek in the Village of Lancaster to stabilize a deteriorating south bank. The creek is located on Central Avenue between Pleasant Avenue and Broadway, said Daniel Amatura, the Town of Lancaster highway superintendent. "The bank on the south side was weak and caused the washout of the embankment that abuts a building at 43 Central," said…

When the Lancaster Town Board unanimously approved a six-month moratorium on commercial solar development, it joined a growing list of municipalities that are revising their town codes to keep pace with the skyrocketing industry. Lancaster's moratorium will end Sept. 20, said Matt Fischione, Lancaster code enforcement officer. "I've received inquiries by phone and e…

      Lancaster police Thursday arrested two Rochester men minutes after the suspects robbed a credit union on Brunswick Road in the Village of Lancaster. Michael Frisch, 30, and Kevin Wood, 56, were stopped in their getaway vehicle at about 5:30 p.m. on Ransom Road by Lancaster police detectives Edward Wojtal and Mark Fowler, who received a …

Bicyclists participating in the fifth annual Ride for Bryce on May 7 will experience a different route through the village and town of Lancaster, village trustees were told Monday night. Anne Farmer, secretary for the Bryce Buchholz Memorial Fund, appeared before the Village Board to request assistance with traffic control from the fire and police departments. Fire C…

Kara Hassenfratz could feed an army of leprechauns with the 38-pound cabbage she grew in her great-uncle’s vegetable garden in Marilla. The fourth-grade student at St. Mary’s Elementary School in Lancaster lives in Alden and took state honors in an annual cabbage growing program sponsored by Bonnie Plants, a national producer of 250 varieties of vegetables and herbs…

Patricia Hudson and her daughter, Alexis, spent part of Valentine's Day evening together in a Christian meditation and yoga class. Hudson, 42, amped up her workouts last year after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She added yoga classes when her church parish, St. Mary of the Assumption in Lancaster, began offering them last fall in the St. Mary's Elementary School…

Rashida Johnson handled losing electrical power at her Lockport home by sitting in her running car for a few hours to warm up, listen to music and recharge her cellphone before returning for the night to her chilly house. Thursday morning, Andrea Nikischer was at her parents' Clarence home, wondering when New York State Electric & Gas crews would remove the utility …

A public hearing Monday night before the Lancaster Town Board to discuss a six-month moratorium on solar farm development drew residents from Alden and Buffalo who shed light on the advantages of solar energy. "When it comes to zoning laws, we are all addicted to electricity that comes down the energy grid," said a resident of County Line Road in Alden. "With legislativ…

The Connecticut investment firm that unsuccessfully offered to take Ecology & Environment private last year said the Lancaster-based environmental services company's board of directors has "eviscerated" shareholder value after five years of declining sales and profits. Mill Road Capital, which owns about 15 percent of E&E's Class A common stock and is seeking tw…

Two public hearings -- targeting solar energy farms and flag lots -- were approved by Lancaster lawmakers Tuesday night. A six-month moratorium on solar farm development was proposed by Councilmember John Abraham Jr. to review zoning regulations and determine revisions and amendments to the town zoning code. "We're not saying that no solar can be done," Council membe…

Area golfers itching to get their game out of winter hibernation can head to the Buffalo Tournament Club Golf Course in Lancaster, which will open for the next four days, the first time ever that the club has opened for play in February. The course at 6432 Genesee St., east of Ransom Road, is opening up for play from Tuesday through Friday, with riding carts allowed on …