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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…

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 …