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Education

On Friday afternoons in the heart of Buffalo’s immigrant community, at a time when most kids high-five and welcome the weekend, Lancaster Central High School teacher Lynne T. Ruda and a small band of her students help children from around the world better appreciate a universal language. Music. Ruda is one of many music teachers who volunteer with Buffalo String Work…

Lancaster

New Lancaster Supervisor Ronald Ruffino is not happy with his salary. He had no problems saying so in public this week. During his first Town Board meeting in the elected office, Ruffino noted that his $71,098 salary is almost $18,000 less than the town clerk draws after his bid for a $5,000 stipend was denied for 2020. He also said his pay pales in comparison to the…

Obituaries

Aug. 3, 1949 – Jan. 4, 2020 Rosemary C. Penksa, known as “Aunt Rose” to many of the students and customers she greeted at Twin Village Music in Lancaster for more than 50 years, died Saturday in Erie County Medical Center of liver disease. She was 70. Born in Buffalo, the former Rosemary Lavelle began working full time in the store started by her stepfather, Rudolph …

Lancaster

The Village of Lancaster has suspended its overnight winter parking ban on village streets until Jan. 1, Mayor William C. Schroeder announced. If a significant snowfall is forecast, the parking ban will be re-instated. The relatively warm weather this week also prompted several other municipalities to suspend parking rules. Buffalo suspended its ban on parking on bus…

Courts

Lancaster Police Lt. Michael Cronin, who pleaded guilty to a speeding violation in the boating death of teacher Eric Przykuta, was fined $100 in addition to the one-year conditional discharge he received Monday in State Supreme Court, attorney Thomas H. Burton said. “He pleaded guilty to what, in essence, is a boating speeding ticket – a violation, not a crime – recogni…

Courts

A Lancaster man pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to conspiracy to distribute heroin, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. According to prosecutors, 28-year-old Kevin Hinca conspired with others between December 2015 and June 2016 to distribute heroin in the region. Hinca was identified as a heroin dealer during a 2016 U.S. Drug Enforcement Admi…

Crime

Jeffrey S. Belliveau, who stole computers and electronics twice each from Walmarts in North Tonawanda and Lancaster, is headed for state prison. Belliveau, 29, of Ontario Street, Buffalo, pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court in Lockport Friday to fourth-degree grand larceny for thefts totaling $4,610 worth of goods from the North Tonawanda Walmart July 31, 2018, and Ja…

Lancaster

The Lancaster School Board on Saturday voted to fire the district’s chief medical officer after he refused to allow a 12-year-old girl to compete on the junior varsity wrestling team, confirmed Patrick Uhteg, school board president. Dr. Michael Terranova of Lancaster-Depew Pediatrics was fired during a special session of the school board conducted at 8 a.m. Saturday. …

Amherst

It's getting closer to the end of the election for candidates whose races were close election night Nov. 5. There are five close races in Erie County, including the supervisor's race in Lancaster and council races in Amherst, Orchard Park, Aurora and the City of Tonawanda. The Erie County Board of Elections will rule on any challenges to absentee ballots Tuesday, and…

Business

A large industrial warehouse and distribution center in Depew that is leased to a supermarket and retail products supplier has been sold for $8.3 million. Foxfield Industrial, a real estate investment and operating company, has sold the 152,000-square-foot Bunzl Distribution Center facility at 3366 Walden Ave., to Emily Anne Properties LLC of Lloyd Harbor, N.Y., accordi…

Construction and Growth

Developer after developer tried to solve the puzzle that for six decades stymied Lancaster village officials and a community development corporation formed in 1996 for the sole purpose of transforming the outdated strip plaza on West Main Street. But Buffalo Billion II changed all of that in one $2.5 million swoop that will fund a road on which the village can build a f…

Crime

A felony hearing for a Lancaster man charged with criminally negligent homicide in connection with a fatal one-car crash earlier this year has resulted in a new set of charges for the defendant, according to Lancaster police. Police have additionally charged 49-year-old Allen J. Stirling with two counts of harassment, after receiving complaints that he had allegedly sen…

Cheektowaga

Political newcomer Frank J. Todaro declared victory in his election bid for the Erie County Legislature on Tuesday. Todaro, a Republican who was also on the Conservative and Independence party lines, upset Democratic incumbent John Bruso to claim the seat in the 8th Legislative District representing Cheektowaga, Lancaster and Alden. Todaro, 40, is owner of Collision …

Lancaster

Longtime Councilman Ronald Ruffino won a tight race with Councilwoman Dawn Gaczewski for the supervisor’s post in Lancaster. The seat is currently held by Johanna Coleman, who plans to retire at the end of the year. Ruffino, 58, ran on the Democratic, Conservative and Working Families lines. Gaczewski, who is 53 and was endorsed by the Lancaster Republican Committee. …