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The Erie Street Bridge drama in Lancaster is about to play out in the courtroom.After back-and-forth arguing between the village and town over whose responsibility it is to repair or replace the deteriorating span hit a wall this week, village leaders ultimately decided to sue the Town of Lancaster.The village is accusing the town of failing to take responsibility for main…

Lancaster School Superintendent Michael J. Vallely went out of his way this week to let the district know its teacher evaluation plan had been approved by state education officials.Even though approval was expected by the district, it was still a big deal. If the state had not approved of the annual professional performance review for its teaching staff, the district would…

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Terry Galanis Jr. thought Sealing Devices’ first foray into solar power went so well that he’s quadrupling the Lancaster manufacturer’s commitment to green energy.Sealing Devices last week started work on a second solar energy system at its Lancaster factory and headquarters, 4400 Walden Ave. The project will install a solar energy system on the roof of its Lancaster…

The festering controversy over Common Core testing standards bubbled up into a heated public exchange Monday during the Lancaster School Board meeting when a retired substitute teacher referenced Nazi Germany.Herbert Hough, the retired substitute teacher, voiced his criticism of the standardized tests and how they impact students, teachers and the overall learning environm…

LancasterChanges have been made to locations of where the Village of Lancaster stations school crossing guards, as well as the times the guards will be there.The times and locations for guards in the village only are listed at lancastervillage.org for review.Any questions or concerns regarding crossing guards should be directed to the Village Clerk’s Office Monday-Friday…

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Mr. and Mrs. William P. Martin of Lancaster celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a renewal of marriage vows in Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church, Lancaster, followed by a surprise party in Salvatore’s Garden Place Hotel, Lancaster. Mr. Martin and Nancy C. Adamski were married Aug. 17, 1963, in Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Buffalo. He is a retired supervisor f…

LancasterLearn how to can the best of what summer has to offer at two canning demonstrations to be held in Lancaster today.The first will be held at 10 a.m. at the Lancaster Farmers Market, 4913 Transit Road. The second will be at 2 p.m. at the Lancaster Historical Society, 40 Clark Street. The event at the historical society will include the unveiling of a 100-year-old re…

The girlfriend of a man killed in 2011 after being hit by Taser fire from Lancaster police is suing the town and several officers who were on the scene at the time of the incident.Sarah Faltisco filed the lawsuit this week in U.S. District Court Western District as administrator of the estate of Nicholas A. Koscielniak, who was the father of their young son, Nixon Koscieln…

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May 31, 1937 – Aug. 15, 2013John J. Phillips, of Lancaster, president and chief executive officer of William Pfohl Trucking Co., died Thursday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 76. Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Canisius High School. He worked with his father and uncles in Phillips Brothers Garage on Genesee Street, an a…

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Aug. 8, 1920 – Aug. 10, 2013John L. “Jack” Beilman, of Lancaster, an award-winning engineer who led teams that developed experimental airplanes, died Friday in GreenFields Continuing Care Community, Lancaster, after a short illness. He was 93.Born in Buffalo, he moved with his family to Lancaster in 1933, where he attended St. Mary’s Elementary School and St. Mary…

LancasterThe Town of Lancaster Highway Department’s pre-engineered storage building has hit a delay, with town officials last week rejecting all bids received on the building.Town leaders said bids came in too high on the structure, at slightly more than $1 million.As a result, the town is planning on decreasing the size of the building to bring its cost under the bond a…

Lancaster village officials Wednesday pointed to two town documents identifying the deteriorating Erie Street Bridge, just east of Court Street, as a bridge and, therefore, the responsibility of the town.The continuing debate over whether the village or town should fix or rebuild the span, which lies in the village, led to a presentation Wednesday evening by village specia…

A man on the roof of a commercial building around William Street and Transit Road jumped off the structure, ending a standoff that began at around 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, Lancaster police said.Thomas Bailey, 37, of Lancaster, was given first aid and transported by ambulance to ECMC with internal injuries, police added. He will be held for a mental evaluation.The incident bega…

In the Village of Lancaster, a battle is under way over what is known by some as the Erie Street Bridge, just east of Court Street.But to Town of Lancaster officials, this span over Spring Creek in an industrial section of the village is known as the Erie Street Culvert.The flap, which is causing commotion in official circles on either side of Broadway, boils down to which…

The pesky rat issue in Lancaster is not going away – even though a handful of residents are speaking to the issue before the Town Board.Monday was no different, when Tobian Breidert, of Riemers Avenue, spoke strongly to the board, again demanding more action and insisting that the town consider buying garbage totes to help abate the problem, like many neighboring communi…