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Ecology & Environment recorded a fourth-quarter loss of $3.8 million, up sharply from a $945,000 loss a year earlier and concluding a down year for the company.The Lancaster-based environmental services firm’s revenues fell 19 percent from a year ago, to $29.8 million. It recorded a net loss per share of 90 cents, compared to a net loss per share of 23 cents a year ago.E&…

Temporary road closings in Lancaster to allow for replacing two box culverts on Lake Avenue, south of William Street, are under way and expected to last four weeks. The part of Lake Avenue south of William Street will be open to local traffic only.

LancasterThe 2014 Lancaster proposed town budget of $31.3 million drew a peppering of questions this week, mostly centering on the fact that the town’s 143 full-time employees do not contribute toward their health insurance coverage.“I find this board to be fiscally irresponsible,” said resident Tom Kazmierczak during a public hearing on the budget held Monday night. “I th…

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In the heart of Lancaster, a “monstrosity” is being torn down to clear a path on West Main Street that hasn’t been accessible for more than 40 years.When the path is clear between Central Avenue and Aurora Street, and the huge structure known as the former BOCES Building is razed sometime before Christmas, the original West Main Street will be restored. And with that, a mo…

Western New York Hosta Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Town of Aurora Senior Center, 101 King St., East Aurora. Award-winning leading hosta breeder Olga Petryszyn of Valparaiso, Ind., will present “My Hosta Journey.”...East Aurora Garden Club will meet at noon Monday in St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 374 Main St., East Aurora, for a Christmas arrangement demon…

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It’s tempting to think of film-to-stage adaptations, such as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Sister Act” or “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” as recent phenomena. Broadway history, though, offers plenty of examples that far predate the current Disney-driven movie musical craze. Take “Promises, Promises,” the Broadway show based on the 1960 film “The Apartment,” which brought toge…

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It’s tempting to think of film-to-stage adaptations, such as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Sister Act” or “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” as recent phenomena. Broadway history, though, offers plenty of examples that far predate the current Disney-driven movie musical craze. Take “Promises, Promises,” the Broadway show based on the 1960 film “The Apartment,” which brought toge…

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Oct. 18, 1952 – Nov. 3, 2013Dennis F. Talani, of Lancaster, a retired tool-and-die maker who regularly played Santa Claus, died Sunday in Sisters Hospital after a long battle with heart disease. He was 61.Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Grover Cleveland High School and earned an associate’s degree in engineering from Erie Community College in 1987. He worked as a too…

Western New York voters on Tuesday elected the first Native American state judge in New York.Mark A. Montour, a Lancaster town justice for six years, defeated Paul B. Wojtaszek, a law clerk and a Niagara County legislator, by a margin of 132,426 to 118,914, capturing 52 percent of the total votes.Montour won on the strength of a 27,843-vote advantage in Erie County. He als…

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The Democrats’ 17-year reign over Lancaster town government spirals forward, much to the Republicans’ dismay.But the town Republican machine scored in the town justice race with Anthony J. Cervi’s win over Democrat Mark S. Aquino for the open seat vacated by retiring 38-year Town Justice J. Michael Kelleher, according to unofficial election results. Many political observer…

The controversial 252-unit apartment complex that Bella Vista Group wanted to build along Harris Hill Road in Lancaster drew the ire of nearby residents Monday night, the same day the town received official word that the developer withdrew its proposal.But the developer could still come back with another proposal for the same site at any time.Town leaders said they’d just …

Sixteen-year-old Lancaster High School student Andrew Moreno, who was reported missing Sunday in the forested mountains of southern Puerto Rico, has been found safe with only a few scratches and bruises, his brother reported Monday.Andrew had flown to Puerto Rico with his father, the Rev. Robert Moreno, and other relatives to celebrate the 90th birthday Saturday of his gra…

Two political newcomers aim to unseat two incumbents looking to remain on the Lancaster Town Board and maintain the years-long Democratic hold on town government.Those in the Lancaster GOP ranks, hoping for “a comeback team,” preach reform, leadership, transparency and accountability. The Democratics hold firm to what they terms a record of success.Republicans Patrick F. S…

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The question of just who Lancaster’s new town justice will be is dominating the town’s political landscape much more than many would have imagined.The hard-fought campaign features Democratic candidate Mark S. Aquino, a homegrown Lancaster man, and Republican Anthony J. Cervi, a Lancaster High School graduate who grew up in south Cheektowaga.In other communities, the races…

LancasterTown Board (elect 2)(I) John M. Abraham Jr. D, C, I, WF(I) Ronald Ruffino Sr. D, C, I, WFPatrick F. Sportelli RRobert E. Leary RWhat to know: The Lancaster Republicans are in an uphill climb to grab majority control of the Democratic Town Board in the council race. Political newcomers Patrick F. Sportelli and Robert E. Leary are looking to unseat well-entrenched i…