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Sept. 19, 1952 - July 3, 2018 Edward P. Furlani, a theoretical physicist from Lancaster, created a technique to separate red and white blood cells using magnets, has had a hand in devising ways to kill germs on cell phones with ultraviolet light and creating implantable sensors to detect lung cancer, as well as innovations in ink jets for printers. He had 152 patents…

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A 65-year-old Lancaster man who went to a relative's home in the town to swim this week drowned in their pool, police said. The owners of the home on Bridlepath Lane, off Pleasant View Drive, welcomed their relative to swim in their inground pool Tuesday afternoon, said Lt. Jeff Smith. The homeowners left at some point, but their relative continued swimming on a day …

Lancaster

People living near Lancaster Speedway for years have griped about the loud noise from racing cars that would disrupt their summer night dreams. Many of them live on Genesee Street – separated from the speedway by the New York State Thruway – about one to two miles away. Some spend their nights indoors with windows closed to block the sound. "It's not a pleasant sound…

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Catalyst Fitness expects to spend up to $3.5 million to transform the former Dick's Sporting Goods store in Amherst into its newest gym. That's on top of the $3.4 million the company paid for the nearly 56,000-square-foot building at 281 Meyer Road, off Maple Road, on Thursday, public records show. Catalyst's purchase comes 3½ months after the lender took over the prope…

Business

The owner of Nichol City Realty in Lancaster has acquired the former office of the Brown Chiari law firm on Broadway. Shannon McNichol, acting through 5775 NCB LLC, paid $410,000 to buy the building at 5775 Broadway from BC Broadway LLC, which is controlled by Donald P. Chiari. The 5,169-square-foot former office of the personal-injury firm is a single-story red-bric…

Religion

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…