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One issue has emerged early as a priority as the Town of Lancaster and villages of Lancaster and Depew set out to develop a joint comprehensive plan – traffic. "We have a lot of it in Lancaster and not necessarily the fastest routes to get people where they need to be," Councilman John Abraham Jr. said. Public input on traffic and other issues is welcome during an …

Trees. Utility poles. Mailboxes. All have been struck by errant motorists – sometimes repeatedly – in recent years on an S-curve of Bowen Road in the Town of Lancaster, according to residents. Several residents of the 3700 block of Bowen, between William Street and Broadway, told the Town Board on Monday they're concerned for pedestrians heading to nearby Como La…

There was something about the healing vibration of the balaphon that made Jordan Dicioccio want to express herself. “Wah, wah, ya, new coco, everybody, everybody bring your Calabash,” she chanted along with fellow cancer survivors as drum instructor Griffith Brady struck the wooden planks of the African-inspired xylophone. “I’d never heard of the instrument b…

The town of Lancaster and the villages of Lancaster and Depew are looking to residents for help in guiding future growth as officials work on updating the three municipalities' master plan. An informational session for the public will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 18 at the Opera House, 21 Central Ave. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. so residents can review maps and rela…

Barbara Albi and her food service staff in the Depew school district generally do their jobs without accolades. May 5 was different. Students across the district celebrated School Lunch Hero Day by drawing thank-you notes, writing poems and giving gift cards. Similar celebrations – inspired by the popular “Lunch Lady” kid’s novels by Jarrett J. Krosoczka …

Rob Jones lost his wife in 2013, six years after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Colleen Jones was 53. She told her husband she wasn't afraid to die but didn't want to leave their loved ones behind. Beverly Jasinski was diagnosed with breast cancer nearly four years ago, seven months after her husband died from colon cancer. Marcia Heaney has survived more than…

Milling on an 800-foot stretch of William Street east of Transit Road will continue through Friday, according to Lancaster Town Supervisor Johanna Coleman. The roadway – damaged by an Erie County Sewage Department project last summer and fall – must be milled, paved and striped, said Coleman. Traffic will be rerouted around the work area.  

Jackson Buyea was born 16 weeks early in a small hospital outside of Indianapolis while his parents were on a road trip to pick up their two older sons visiting relatives in Kansas. The baby, weighing 1 pound, 12 ounces, was kept alive by a respiratory therapist. “She stood for an hour or an hour and a half with two fingers on Jackson’s chest and a little pump j…

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…