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A Buffalo priest removed in 2015 from a Lancaster parish due to an allegation of inappropriate behavior with a child was the target of similar complaints decades ago at two other parishes. A 37-year-old woman who is married to a Major League Baseball manager and now lives in Phoenix, Ariz., said the Rev. Dennis A. Fronczak repeatedly fondled her when she was 9 to 12 yea…

Erie County

Nearly three years ago, the Buffalo Diocese abruptly removed the Rev. Dennis A. Fronczak as pastor of Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Lancaster. Nobody at the parish was told why. A diocese representative announced Fronczak's departure at Masses at the church in October 2015, recalled Dick Wagner, 80, a long-time parishioner. "He told us Father Dennis was going on a…

Local News

Two initiatives launched by Lancaster police to control opiate abuse have largely gone ignored, said Chief Gerald J. Gill Jr. of the Lancaster Town Police Department. The first service is the confidential testing and identification of suspected narcotics and the paraphernalia needed to use them. This testing service is for parents who believe their children may be using…

Local News

Lawn burnouts, infield doughnuts and a fight during Wednesday night racing at Lancaster Speedway sparked officials to revamp its policy and substantially increase the admission. And if the problems persist, "grudge racing" will be discontinued. The Grudge Racing/Cruise Night combination at the Gunnville Road facility routinely attracted hundreds of fans and drivers. …

Construction and Growth

Robert Staebell eased slowly into retirement after 38 years with National Fuel, but behind the wheel of his torrid-red Dodge Charger, this grandfather is all about horsepower. "Jordan tells me all the time that he blames me for his love of speed," said Staebell, 73, as he waited to race his 27-year-old grandson on opening night of Grudge Drags at Lancaster National Spee…

Local News

Outer-ring suburbs in the northern and eastern sections of Erie County where new housing abounds grew faster than any other communities in Erie County over the last seven years. Clarence, Lancaster and Elma all grew more than 4 percent between 2010 and 2017, with Clarence's population rising by 6 percent, according to the latest Census population estimates. But 17 of…

Buffalo

Students at Olmsted School No. 64 in Buffalo wore their pajamas to school on Friday to raise funds for the family of a teacher who died in a Saturday night boating accident. "Pajamas for Przykuta" is a fundraiser for the family of Eric Przykuta, a Lancaster Middle School teacher. Financial donations will support his widow, Lori Przykuta, a second-grade teacher at Olmste…

Lancaster

March 25, 1975 - May 13, 2018 Eric D. Przykuta texted his sister-in-law on Saturday to see what he could bring to the family dinner on Mother's Day. He planned on fishing Saturday night with some friends and Przykuta wanted to make sure his family had everything it needed for dinner. "He had it all ready – Mother's Day cards, flowers," recalled Jennifer Przykuta. "Th…

Business

Marrano Homes has received final approval from the state Attorney General's Office to begin marketing and selling its planned new patio home community in South Lancaster, after years of delays. The new Summerwind Patio Homes project consists of 40 home sites, which are now available to home buyers. It's the sixth part of Marrano's larger Summerfield Farms development, w…

Environment

The draining of Como Park Lake earlier this week signals the first phase of a remediation that will include sediment testing and the replacement of two dam gates that regulate the flow of water. Residents who live near Como Park Lake in the Village of Lancaster have watched the steady decline of the manmade lake that once teemed with activity. They see the current em…

Buffalo

Two off-duty Lancaster police officers were on a fishing boat involved in a fatal accident near the Outer Harbor that killed Lancaster science teacher Eric Przykuta, Lancaster police Capt. William J. Karn confirmed Tuesday. Karn declined to identify the officers, but sources identified them as Lt. Michael Cronin and Officer Shawn D. Zaffram. Karn deferred all questio…

Business

The owner of the La Quinta Inn & Suites Buffalo Airport in Lancaster has bought the America's Best Value Inn & Suites in Clarence from his cousin. Martin Patel paid $1.2 million on Friday to buy the hotel at 9370 Main St., just east of Goodrich Road, from Atish Patel, according to Martin Patel and the deed filed with Erie County. Martin Patel said his cousin …

Business

After nearly two years of construction, an enormous new independent senior-living complex that rose up from a sprawling meadow in Lancaster is finally preparing to open its doors to more than 150 residents. Natale Development is wrapping up the finishing touches on The Belvedere, the newest addition to the area's living options for seniors. The project is designed to ap…

Education

Keyboarding class will return to second and third grades in the Lancaster Central School District if the $107.5 million proposed budget is passed May 15, said Superintendent Michael J. Vallely. Vallely made the comments during the annual budget hearing, held in the high school auditorium Monday. The budget represents a 3.5 percent increase over the previous budget of…