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Motorists in Lancaster may have to adjust their commutes for the next month or so. Beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, Holland Avenue will be closed to traffic between Scott Street and Broadway. The closure will remain in effect while a bridge over Plum Bottom Creek is replaced. The closure is expected to last one month, according to Lancaster's Office of Emergen…

Business

A longtime dilapidated motel in Lancaster that was sold at auction is now poised to give way to a brand-new Candlewood Suites extended-stay hotel. The planned new hotel, which will be developed and owned by Paul Bliss, will be located at 50 Freeman Road, on the site of the former Buffalo Airport Inn. The Clarence construction contractor and developer purchased the 88-ro…

Local News

A Lancaster police lieutenant and a bystander on Sunday helped rescue someone trapped in a burning home. Police were called about 8:45 a.m. to a fire at 125 Pleasant View Drive, east of Transit Road, said Detective Capt. William J. Karn Jr. Finding the house engulfed in flames, Detective Lt. James Robinson Sr., a longtime volunteer firefighter, and another man, possi…

Lancaster

Bowmansville firefighters spent Sunday morning beating back the flames that consumed a ranch-style home in Lancaster and extended to three cars in the driveway. They were parked near the garage where the fire seemed to originate. When the first units arrived soon after 8:42 a.m., they were told occupants were still inside 125 Pleasant View Drive, a ranch-style home in a…

Erie County

Town justice is one of those elective posts that candidates, no matter their political party, try to garner as many lines on the ballot as possible. If they can't get the party endorsement, candidates can run in the primary to get the edge over their opponents, or even capture the major party lines and have an easier general election in November. In Lancaster and Orc…

Business

A new cidery planned for planned for the Town of Lancaster could start production by early 2019, said Michael Robb, chief operating officer. Clarksburg Cider, located at 4493 Walden Ave. at Ransom Road, will begin service with two seasonal ciders, said Robb. Apples, for now will come from orchards in Niagara and Wayne counties, he said. The company carries the name of a…

Lancaster

An audit released this week by the state Comptroller's Office states the Town of Lancaster needs to do a better job of keeping track of town-owned technology, better monitor non-work-related computer use and provide employees with technology security training. The audit also recommended the town develop a disaster recovery plan in case information technology services are d…

City of Tonawanda

Voters in Erie County will be going to the polls from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 13 for a variety of primary elections, to pick candidates for everything from governor to Collins town justice. Because New York holds closed primary elections, only voters enrolled in a specific party can vote in primaries for that party. Here's who will be on the ballot in Erie County: ST…

Saluting Our War Heroes

By the fall of 1942, Casimer L. "Casey" Bukowski decided he had learned enough about being a machinist and quit Emerson Vocational High School to put his skills to work in support of World War II. The 17-year-old from Coit Street in Buffalo had always been fascinated by airplanes. He'd built model planes since he was boy. So it was fitting that he found work at Uebohlor…

Construction and Growth

Motorists on Transit Road in Depew will face lane reductions and detours later this week due to roadwork, according to an alert posted Wednesday by the state Department of Transportation. The roadwork is part of a project to upgrade a portion of Transit in Depew. Transit between French Road and Walden Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction from 6 p.m. Thur…

Amherst

After a track record of success in the city, the Buffalo Living Tour is taking its show on the road - to the suburbs. For the first time, the tour of new residential apartment projects will be showcasing properties outside Buffalo, focusing on upscale developments in Lancaster, Clarence, Amherst and North Tonawanda. The free tour, which will be held Saturday, Aug. 25…

Business

Ramiro Chagolla Arreaga has been buying lottery tickets for years, just for the fun of it. The 29-year-old Lancaster roofer regularly goes through the routine of scratching off the number and checking it out, just to see what happens. He's occasionally won a few dollars, but nothing major. "The most I ever won was $500 one day," he said. Until now, that is — just …

Lancaster

A bear was seen in the southeast section of Lancaster on Monday. Lancaster Police reported on their Facebook page that a bear had been seen near Evergreen Drive and Simme Road. "We’re hoping it doesn’t run into trouble," said Capt. William Karn. The bear was last seen moving west, headed toward the more populated areas of town. It was seen traveling near Town Line…

Lancaster

A motorcyclist died Thursday after he crashed his vehicle on Transit Road while allegedly traveling over 100 mph, according to State Police. Nathan J. Knab, 29, of Lancaster, was northbound on Route 400 when he and another motorcyclist were observed by a marked State Police patrol unit stationed in a U-turn just before the Transit Road exit, State Police said. At abo…