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Lancaster Town officials voted Monday night to curb runaway development by imposing a moratorium on rezoning that could conflict with an impending comprehensive plan. The six-month freeze would stop the processing of rezoning applications and avoid land use development that could counter the master plan that officials hope to complete by March 2018. Lancaster Town Co…

Steve Metz, the father of 14-year-old James Metz who was killed in a plane collision in 2014, thanked the Lancaster Town Board Monday night for allowing the installation of signage at Keysa Park's twin basketball courts. The James Metz Memorial Basketball Courts were rebuilt in September 2016 to mark the life of James, who was killed along with the pilot when two small …

A public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday the Depew Senior Center, 85 Manitou St., will discuss a joint comprehensive plan for the Village and Town of Lancaster, and the Village of Depew. The plan will help guide and development decisions in the three communities, said John Abraham, Jr., Lancaster Town councilman.deas Officials invited residents to share their ideas on…

Lancaster Village officials unveiled a public survey Monday night that they hope will help turn the wheels on the stalled development of its downtown district. The survey, part of the economic feasibility study piloted by LaBella Associates, is designed to help ensure that development decisions mirror the public's perceptions of downtown as well as the types of new bus…

Lancaster Opera House has teamed up with the University at Buffalo Department of Sociology to present a free community film series. The films will focus on hot-button topics including health and healthcare, gender equality and racial justice. The films are meant to engage community members with key sociological questions about how to build fairer and more supportive…

The annual Civil War Candlelight Tour of the Hull Family Home and Farmstead in Lancaster will take place Sept. 30. The unique event presents theatrically scripted Civil War scenarios by candlelight. Small group tours are led from scene to scene by a docent guide throughout the evening. This year's tour will feature all new scenarios centered on events, people and their …

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, …