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Lancaster Highway Superintendent Daniel J. Amatura on Wednesday questioned the town's possible purchase of a Depew baseball field, saying Lancaster lacks adequate soccer and lacrosse facilities. "We have 2,800 kids in Lancaster playing soccer, and lacrosse is going crazy," said Amatura. "We need eight multipurpose fields for lacrosse and soccer. To make Dawson Fiel…

Remediation work on the dam at Como Park Lake in the Village of Lancaster will start in late August. The work will replace the damaged lower-level gates in the dam that help control water flow. The project should help alleviate the mounting silt deposits that have plagued the lake for years, said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. Como Park Lake will …

The fight to get the lead out of Buffalo homes is on again -- this time amid the fight to also see who will be in charge of the effort as mayor for the next four years. Candidate and city Comptroller Mark J. F. Schroeder revived the issue this week by laying out a plan to change the way the city tests for lead. If elected, he would hire certified lead inspectors a…

The new owner of a Dairy Queen Grill & Chill in front of the Regal IMAX theater on Transit Road in Lancaster plans to update the building to Dairy Queen's newest concept design before reopening the restaurant. Carl Group Enterprises LLC bought the freestanding building for $790,000, including the equipment and assets. The building, which includes a drive-thru, had b…

The grumbling around bingo tables in churches and clubs started in June as word spread of a new state law that prohibited people under the age of 18 from playing bingo. "It's not like you're taking them to a casino," said Sue Koepnick, who started playing bingo at age 10. "Why can't they play a little bingo?" Like many of today's bingo enthusiasts, Koepnick, 47, …

At one point during this busy concert season, Lancaster's Carnival Kids Steel Orchestra performed 12 shows in 12 days, said longtime music teacher Ken Kowalski. The orchestra, an extra-curricular organization for Lancaster middle and high school students, is heading for one of its biggest performances of the summer. "Seniors Send-Off" will bid farewell to band m…

A new project under construction in Lancaster will feature a rare dual-branded hotel operation, with two different Hilton brands side-by-side under the same roof when it opens next year. The four-story facility under development by Emerald Hospitality Associates Inc. will include both a Home2 Suites and a Tru by Hilton, with a total of 165 rooms - 86 extended-stay sui…

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submission…

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submission…

The Lancaster Village Board and Lancaster Fire Department Chief James S. Volpe Monday night commended the heroic actions of an off-duty Depew firefighter during a recent fire on Central Avenue. Early on the morning of June 29, firefighter Marc Adamberger reported a structure fire in a building occupied by Happy Tails Doggie Day Care at 36 Central Ave., Volpe told Villag…

Lancaster Town Police are refusing to identify a security guard who died after breaking up a July 3 disturbance in a beer tent at a Village of Lancaster event but have identified the man accused of causing the disturbance. Ryan A. Manuella, 24, of Cheektowaga, got into a tussle with a private security guard at 10:26 p.m. in the beer tent as he was being escorted out of …