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A public hearing Monday night before the Lancaster Town Board to discuss a six-month moratorium on solar farm development drew residents from Alden and Buffalo who shed light on the advantages of solar energy. "When it comes to zoning laws, we are all addicted to electricity that comes down the energy grid," said a resident of County Line Road in Alden. "With legislativ…

The Connecticut investment firm that unsuccessfully offered to take Ecology & Environment private last year said the Lancaster-based environmental services company's board of directors has "eviscerated" shareholder value after five years of declining sales and profits. Mill Road Capital, which owns about 15 percent of E&E's Class A common stock and is seeking tw…

Two public hearings -- targeting solar energy farms and flag lots -- were approved by Lancaster lawmakers Tuesday night. A six-month moratorium on solar farm development was proposed by Councilmember John Abraham Jr. to review zoning regulations and determine revisions and amendments to the town zoning code. "We're not saying that no solar can be done," Council membe…

Area golfers itching to get their game out of winter hibernation can head to the Buffalo Tournament Club Golf Course in Lancaster, which will open for the next four days, the first time ever that the club has opened for play in February. The course at 6432 Genesee St., east of Ransom Road, is opening up for play from Tuesday through Friday, with riding carts allowed on …

Robert H. Giza Sr. was a Town of Lancaster leader for decades, but the success of the former supervisor went beyond the town hall boardroom. His devotion to children – as physical education instructor and Boys & Girls Club executive director – was legendary, said family and friends. "He would take calls at 2 in the morning from club kids who were arrested…

LOCKPORT - A Lancaster man who stole more than $17,000 worth of property and fixtures from an abandoned house in the City of Lockport was sentenced Wednesday to 16 months to four years in state prison. Andres R. Moore, 32, of Brandel Avenue, last year pleaded guilty before to third-degree grand larceny and was admitted to a court-supervised drug treatment program, but …

Some Depew voters aren't satisfied with just saving their village from being eliminated. Now they want Depew to become a town. Less than five minutes after elections officials announced Tuesday night that Depew residents had rejected a referendum to eliminate the village government, some voters in the crowd at Village Hall began urging that Depew flex its muscles again …

The village of Depew is here to stay. Depew residents voted 3,006 to 1,165 on Tuesday to keep their 124-year-old village government intact, rejecting a proposal to merge the village with the towns of Cheektowaga and Lancaster. After months of haggling over Depew’s future, weighing potential tax savings against the prospect of 170 village workers losing their jobs a…

Depew residents came out strong Tuesday to determine the fate of their village. As of 6 p.m., 2,900 people had voted, or about 30 percent of the village's 10,044 eligible voters, on a referendum that will determine if the village government gets dissolved and the village merges with the towns of Cheektowaga and Lancaster. [Gallery: Depew dissolution vote] At time…

Seneca Falls may be the birthplace of the women's suffrage movement, but the rural Finger Lakes village of 6,681 people has made other notable history. At the end of 2011, it became one of the biggest of more than 50 New York villages to dissolve since 1900. Four years later and 20 miles down the road, residents of Lyons, the county seat of Wayne County, found themse…

The Village of Lancaster's tree population is thinning and in a compromised state. More than 60 percent of the village's trees were damaged in the October 2006 surprise ice storm. More than 10 years later, that storm left many trees unable to grow properly, according to village officials. "We've had to trim and take down so many trees because the ice took so many le…

A standing-room-only crowd of about 100 people rocked Depew Village Hall Monday night with their passion to save their 124-year-old village from dissolving when it faces a community vote next Tuesday. Twenty-one taxpayers spoke before the Village Board, and the overwhelming theme was determination and anger to preserve the government overseeing the village of 15,000 peo…

Lancaster's village economic development agency unexpectedly found itself Wednesday re-examining its purpose while in the midst of trying to sell a nearly 5-acre chunk of West Main Street eyed for reviving the downtown business district. Before negotiations on the sale can proceed, the Lancaster Community Development Corp. board needs more details from Revitalize Lancas…

With the new year comes pay raises for about 105 Lancaster government part-time and full-time non-unionized workers that closely align with the 2 percent raises that some other unionized town employees were granted last fall. The Town Board Tuesday adopted a standard salary schedule for a smattering of part-time and some full-time staff. Supervisor Johanna M. Coleman…