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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…

Erie County

A small crossroads community between Alden and Lancaster holds a peculiar footnote in American history.Town Line is the only community north of the Mason-Dixon Line believed to have voted to secede from the United States during the Civil War. It didn’t officially rejoin until about 85 years later, at the end of World War II.Earlier this month, a historical marker commemora…

A company that operates several local golf clubs in the area is accused of stealing tips from its workers.Texas-based Century Golf Partners, which does business as Arnold Palmer Golf Management, operates the Fox Valley Club in Lancaster, the Brierwood Country Club in Hamburg and the Tan Tara Golf Club in North Tonawanda. A class-action lawsuit filed against the company in …

The Lancaster Town Board on Monday night approved a 205-unit townhouse complex off Juniper Boulevard that will feature a clubhouse, pool and dog park. The board’s approval of the Pleasant Meadows Apartments was one of a handful of small development issues the board handled with little fanfare.The board’s unanimous approval of the Pleasant Meadows Apartments submitted by Ma…

Lancaster

Bill Buchholz had held tight to his dream that a Lancaster skate and bike park to be built in memory of his 14-year-old son killed by a drunken driver a year ago would be open by now.But it’s not. Instead, the father is learning a lesson in patience and perseverance. His family and friends of his son Bryce wanted a skate and bike area in a section of the town’s Keysa Park …

LancasterThe town will do emergency repairs to the deteriorated Erie Street Bridge in the Village of Lancaster that has sparked a contentious debate between village and town leaders over who is responsible for fixing it and paying for it.Town Supervisor Dino J. Fudoli told The Buffalo News that the emergency work will be done, and that preliminary engineering work already …

Business

The 43-year partnership between the four founders of Ecology & Environment crumbled this year in a sometimes raucous dispute over the riskiness of some of the Lancaster environmental service firm’s projects, coupled with a plunging stock price that reflected the steep declines in the company’s sales and profits.“We’ve had a conflict going with the board about the direction…

The final chapter should be written in October to a more than decade-long controversy surrounding the Town of Lancaster’s former Colecraft Manufacturing Building at 3949 Walden Ave.That’s when the town’s sale of the 74,000-square-foot building to Erie Engineered Products of North Tonawanda for $1.27 million is expected to be finalized.It’s been a long time coming, since th…

Santa Claus is not expected for months, but Lancaster village trustees are grappling with how the village-run Christmasville can compete for sponsorship dollars with the separately organized Christmasville Fire Truck Parade that benefits the local firefighters history museum.“We’re hoping to obtain more sponsorships and reduce the tree-lighting cost,” Dawn C. Gaczewski, vi…

Erie County’s hottest suburban primary ended in victory for both candidates, with 100 percent of vote results reported.Republican Barbara S. Nuchereno, the Amherst council member who is running for town justice, held onto the GOP line with 1,127 votes despite a challenge from attorney Kara A. Buscaglia, who had 683 votes.But Buscaglia isn’t finished. Both candidates on Tue…