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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…

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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…

Health and Fitness

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…

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The security guard who suffered a fatal heart attack on July 3 at the Lancaster Village Independence Days Celebration was not on duty when he helped subdue an unruly patron at the event's beer tent, Lancaster Town Police and village officials said. The identity of the deceased guard, Robert Gajewski, 58, an employee of the Peace Officer Training Academy, was conf…

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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…

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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 …

A security guard at a village event in Lancaster became involved in a incident with a patron and another security guard on Monday, then collapsed about 25 minutes to a half an hour later, and died, Lancaster Town Police told The Buffalo News on Wednesday. Lancaster Police Capt. William Karn said that based on an autopsy done on Tuesday, there were no signs of trauma on…

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A 6-month-old baby and her mother suffered second-degree burns Tuesday night in the Town of Lancaster when they were struck by fireballs from malfunctioning fireworks, police said. Lancaster Town Police Capt. William J. Karn Jr. said a 38-year-old male was lighting fireworks about 9:40 p.m. at a home on Westwood Road when one malfunctioned and began shooting fireballs t…

The Lancaster Town Board wants to see how much Dawson Field is worth before it decides whether to purchase the historic ballpark from the Depew Union Free School District. So on Monday night, it approved the hiring of an appraiser for $1,800 –  but it was not a unanimous vote and discord was also registered by a few residents who attended the regular town board meet…

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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…

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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, born on this date in 1966, “Everyone has a plan ‘till they get punched in the mouth.” . . . DOG STARS – Lancaster Unleashed Inc., which wants to create a community dog park, will co-sponsor the second annual Patriotic Paws Parade at 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the center of the village. Dogs will be dres…

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Few people start to seriously about gender inequality, poverty and homelessness at age 6. Muskan Virk is a rare exception. It helps explain why the now 10-year-old, from Vancouver, B.C., has embarked on a tour to promote her first book, “365 Days of Gratitude: My Attitude of Gratitude.” “She is a very special young lady,” said Jill O’Hara, a holistic health…