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LancasterThe town’s indoor baseball training facility finally has construction contracts in place after the Town Board this week approved them, but now there’s talk of possibly tweaking how fast the bond is paid off for the project.The Lancaster-Depew Baseball League will pay the town back on the $1.7 million bond, which has been planned for a 15-year payback period. T…

A developer’s intention to construct 42 single-family homes north of William Street in Lancaster has town officials chatting about whether to auction off a few undeveloped “paper” streets owned by the town that would be needed for another subdivision.Natale Builders is interested in building homes in an area to the north of William Street and east of Penora Street in…

Fans of goat milk in all its forms – raw, pasteurized, cheese, yogurt – have started to notice Castle Farms, a small farm in Brant with a big menu of products.Customers buy milk at the farm (1051 Route 249, Brant, 549-3282), and cheese and yogurt at farmers’ markets. “Right now we’ve got 76 goats, and we’re milking 32 of them, getting about 15 gallons a day,”…

The proposed Lancaster indoor baseball training facility got a major green light Tuesday night when town leaders awarded $1.53 million in multiple construction contracts for the complex to be built in Westwood Park.The town will end up owning the 16,200-square-foot baseball training facility and is borrowing $1.7 million to build it, but the Lancaster-Depew Baseball League…

The Village of Lancaster puts itself on the map each year when the community celebrates the popular “Christmasville” event.Now, a new event is brewing for this fall. This one is dubbed “Zombieville,” and it is being eyed for the last two weeks of October, leading up to Halloween.Village Special Events Coordinator Dawn Gaczewski brainstormed the idea, and Monday eve…

LancasterWhether the Buffalo Lancaster Airport should expand and cleaning up town zoning to clarify just what is allowed in the town’s light industrial zoning district continue to be hot topics at Town Hall.Town officials are still weighing several matters pertaining to the airport, while a pocket of residents – many who are part of the Safe Aviation Coalition of Lanca…

One week before Western New York’s biggest and best-known gardening showcase, Garden Walk Buffalo, green-thumbed homeowners from Amherst to Lancaster proved Saturday that it doesn’t take an Olmsted-designed parkway in your front yard to have a landscape worth showing off. The tail end of a storm early in the day did not deter gardening enthusiasts from flocking to subu…

For decades, Lancaster Central School athletes have lived by the popular chant “Once a Redskin, always a Redskin.”But they may soon have to change their tune.Thursday’s news that the district is considering changing the “Redskins” nickname it uses for its sports teams drew reaction from both sides of the passionate topic.Students at the school took to the Interne…

This weekend is a busy one for local self-guided garden tours. Six of them are scheduled. The real biggie – Garden Walk Buffalo with more than 380 gardens – takes place July 27 and 28; see www.gardenwalkbuffalo.com. But there are plenty of gardens in local communities to enjoy this Saturday and Sunday. And the Ninth Annual Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens and Sta…

LancasterThe Lancaster Board of Education last week approved several administrative appointments at its meeting on Monday.Marie Perini, who has been director of secondary education at the Lancaster School District since 2007, was recommended by new Superintendent Michael J. Vallely, to be his successor in the role of assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction and …

If someone calls you and says you’re in trouble for a bounced check, don’t believe it.Lancaster police have issued a warning on their Facebook page about a telephone scam reported recently by several residents.Someone identifying himself as a federal law enforcement officer has been calling people and telling them they’re in legal trouble because of a bounced check. …

Tom Campbell of Lancaster has a problem that has no good solution, only a bad outcome and a not-quite-as-bad outcome.Campbell, editor and publisher of WNYLaborToday.com, an online labor union newspaper, and host of its online show, Western New York Labor News, needs to find a home for his two 11-year-old cats, Hobbs, an orange striped male, and Little Girl, a long-haired b…

LancasterThe Lancaster Village Board meets at 6 p.m. Monday in a work session, followed by a 7 p.m. regular business meeting in the municipal building at 5423 Broadway.Also this week:• The Lancaster Town Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Board Room at 21 Central Avenue.• The Lancaster Village Historic Preservation Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. Wed…

Erie County deputies made DWI arrests on land and water Thursday.A 26-year-old driver with a blood-alcohol content more than three times the legal limit was arrested following a traffic stop in the Town of Elma, Erie County sheriff’s deputies reported this morning.Deputy Tim Christian pulled over a vehicle being driven erratically about 8:20 p.m. Thursday night on Bowen…

Three teenagers and the operator of a football camp who were injured in an electrical accident Monday afternoon on an athletic field behind Lancaster High School remained hospitalized Tuesday, according to police.A 15-year-old Lancaster boy, who was the most seriously injured of the four, is beginning to respond to treatment and communicate with medical staff at Women & Ch…