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At a time when it’s more difficult for retail developments – like doughnut shops, pizzerias and stores – to reap the benefits of tax breaks granted by industrial development agencies, Lancaster’s development arm is facing such a request from a fireplace business.Fireplace Outlet, with two locations in the Northtowns, is looking to close its leased Transitown Plaza site in …

Lancaster’s teachers will receive 3.8 percent yearly pay raises, including their step increment adjustments, under a two-year contract extension approved this week by the School Board.The salary increases cover teachers on a 21-step schedule, and would put the starting pay for a teacher with a master’s degree at $42,000, while the highest-paid teacher with a master’s would…

The Town of Lancaster is looking to unload leaves it collects.The Town Board on Monday gave the green light for its Highway Department to dispose of leaves at Adam’s Nurseries on Genesee Street and Good Earth Organics Corp. on Broadway from Nov. 1 through Oct. 31, 2014.The year-long arrangements will not cost the town anything and the leaves are to be used for composting a…

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Lancaster town residents would see a second consecutive year of tax decreases under the 2014 budget proposal of $31.3 million by Supervisor Dino J. Fudoli. Taxes would drop despite a 2 percent spending increase largely tied to debt service for the town’s new police and courts facility.The budget from Fudoli, the lone Republican on a Democratic-controlled Town Board, does n…

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Adrian Harris bagged his first peak with New York’s Mount Marcy in September 1996. The following year, he climbed three more high points in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. Soon after, the South Buffalo resident declared his intent to climb the highest points in 48 contiguous states.This summer, Harris achieved his goal when he scaled Kings Peak in Utah at 13,528 feet. Th…

LancasterThe Town Board has set trick or treating hours on Halloween.The designated time is from 6 to 8:30 p.m.Also this week:• Lancaster School Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in Como Park Elementary School, 1985 Como Park Blvd.• Lancaster Town Board meets in a work session at 6:30 p.m. Monday, followed by a regular session, in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.• Lancaster Industria…

Kenmore Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Road, Kenmore. Jack Schifferli, Town of Tonawanda forester, will discuss trees that thrive in the area and the best locations to grow them. Town officials will present certificates of appreciation to the Adopt-a-Box participants. Guests welcome....Evans Garden Club will meet at …

The races are taking shape for this November’s elections in the Town of Lancaster, where Republicans are fighting an uphill battle to wrest control of the Democratic-controlled board; the Town of Tonawanda, featuring the spirited return of a Republican who nearly won last time; Kenmore, where the battle for trustee appears to be over; and Amherst, where tens of thousands o…

Women & Children’s Hospital has expanded its network of neighborhood OB/GYN centers to three new locations, the hospital announced.They are Lancaster OB/GYN in the TOPS-Rehm Plaza, 6363 Transit Road; Lockport OB/GYN, 475 S. Transit Road; and McKinley OB/GYN, 3860 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg.The hospital also operates two centers in Buffalo and one in North Tonawanda.Each cen…

LancasterLancaster High School biology teacher Amy Balling has been named the 2013 Outstanding Biology Teacher for New York. The recognition was created by the National Association of Biology Teachers in 1962 and has become one of the association’s most prestigious awards. Each year, the program seeks to identify the best biology and life science teacher in each of the 50 …

The races are taking shape for this November’s elections in the Town of Lancaster, where Republicans are fighting an uphill battle to wrest control of the Democratic-controlled board; the Town of Tonawanda, featuring the spirited return of a Republican who nearly won last time; Kenmore, where the battle for trustee appears to be over; and Amherst, where tens of thousands o…

A motorcyclist was in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center this morning after he was involved in a collision with a car Tuesday night on Southwestern Boulevard, Orchard Park police said.The motorcyclist, Michael Fridmann, 50, of Lancaster was eastbound on Southwestern when he collided with a car that was turning onto Southwestern at about 9:14 p.m.Fridmann suff…

LancasterThe Town of Lancaster has announced that ground breaking for the much-awaited $1.53 million Lancaster Depew Baseball League Indoor Baseball Facility at Westwood Park will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 30.The groundbreaking will be at the construction site, located near the west entrance of the park, just off Schwartz Road. Construction is expected to be completed by the…

Anniversaries

Mr. and Mrs. James Sterlace of Lancaster celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at home. Mr. Sterlace and Harriett A. Clementson were married Sept. 12, 1953, in Kensington Methodist Church, Buffalo. He is a retired systems engineering manager for Xerox, Rochester. They have two children and two grandchildren.

Anniversaries

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Killian of Lancaster celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a renewal of marriage vows in Blessed Mother Teresa Catholic Church, Depew, followed by a reception in Falcons Hall, Depew. Mr. Killian and Geraldine Wieczorek were married Sept. 7, 1963, in St. Augustine Catholic Church, Depew. He is retired from Scott Aviation, Lancaster. They have fo…