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Construction and Growth

Extensive renovations throughout the Lancaster Central School District have closed the building this summer, said Superintendent Michael J. Vallely. The construction of a black box theater and art gallery, both expected to be complete by the opening of school in September is only a part of the improvements going on throughout district schools. The black box rehearsal…

Courts

A Lancaster man pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge Tuesday, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Jeremy Casey, 24, pleaded guilty before Erie County Court Judge Suzanne Maxwell Barnes to one count of possessing a sexual performance by a child. The charges stemmed from a July 4, 2018 incident in which prosecutors said he had sexual contac…

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Incumbent Diane M. Terranova beat newcomer and endorsed candidate Cynthia A. Maciejewski in the Democratic primary for Lancaster town clerk Tuesday. Terranova had 55% of the vote to Maciejewski's 45%, with 100% of precincts reporting. Terranova also had an easy victory on the Conservative line at 81%, over Donald Biondo, 58, who got 9% and Brian Sabatino, 44, who had…

Robert-James Sales Inc., an industrial manufacturing firm, is planning a $2.65 million expansion at its Walden Avenue site in Lancaster, confirmed Paul Leone, consultant to the Lancaster Industrial Development Agency. The acquisition of 45 additional acres at 4543 Walden Ave. and the planned construction of a 100,000-square-foot warehouse represents the second phase of …

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Three ballot lines are up for grabs in Lancaster town clerk primaries. The supervisor’s post and two board seats will also be contested Tuesday. Incumbent Clerk Diane M. Terranova, 61, a Democrat, is seeking the Democratic, Republican and Conservative lines. She was endorsed by the Lancaster Conservative and Republican committees, respectively, after she failed to recei…

Construction and Growth

The long-awaited replacement of waterlines – some dating to 1929 – is underway and construction is expected to continue through September, according to Lancaster town officials. Replacement work on Pleasant View Drive from Transit to Stutzman roads and from Harris Hill Road extending east approximately 800 feet will require lane closures and may cause traffic delays, of…

Business

One of the largest companies in the United States plans to move into a $25 million building in the Town of Tonawanda where its employees will prepare packages for the final leg of delivery to local customers. The developer uses the code name "Project Bruno" and won't confirm the Fortune 100 tenant is Amazon, as The Buffalo News previously reported. But the plans for …

Crime

An out-of-town patron remains hospitalized after a fight with another man Sunday evening outside a Lancaster hotel, Lancaster police reported. Police from Cheektowaga and Amherst also responded to the altercation that occurred around 8:15 p.m. in the parking lot of the Hospitality Inn, 6627 Transit Road, police said. Both men were transported to Erie County Medical C…

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Lancaster residents may now leave their unbagged grass clippings at the curb for pickup, said Daniel Amatura, highway superintendent. Tree branches – no longer than 8 feet long and 6 inches in diameter – twigs, shrubs, stumps, roots and logs left at the curb will also be removed by the town. Items will not be picked up if they are in bags, Amatura said. Residents are…

History

A $115,000 upgrade planned for the Lancaster Historical Society Museum will replace its front porch, repair windows and apply a fresh coat of paint. “While we have been able to raise the funds needed to repair and redecorate the interior of the building, the exterior was extremely deteriorated and needed immediate attention,” said Therese Wolfe, society president. “Gues…

Courts

A Lancaster man who admitted to engaging in sexual conduct with an underage girl on several occasions has been sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller to 20 years in prison, followed by 20 years of post-release supervision, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 40-year-old Shannon Vickers will also be required to re…

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A $5 garbage removal fee imposed earlier this spring heated up the GOP primary race for town clerk in Lancaster. Anne V. Desiderio, a political newcomer, launched a petition drive to repeal the fee residents must pay to place extra garbage bags at the curb for collection. Desiderio, 54, who will off against incumbent Diane M. Terranova, called the fee “Terranova’s Ta…

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Mel Szymanski of Lancaster flew 28 missions during his time in the Air Force while serving in Korea, and documented every one them right after each bombing run. Like a meticulously kept diary, Szymanski "penciled in" details of the mission in blue or black ink and supplemented the narrative with photographs and maps, which he has kept in a binder for nearly seven decade…

Local News

The death of Eric Przykuta in a boating accident last May shook many residents in Lancaster who struggled to deal with the loss of the middle-school teacher and coach. While the community and Przykuta's family struggled, Michael Cronin mourned the loss of his best friend. And now Cronin has been charged in connection with the fatal accident. Cronin, 46, an off-duty p…

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A 41-year-old Akron woman died in a one-vehicle crash Monday night in Lancaster, police said. The crash happened at about 10 p.m. on William Street near Bowen Road, Lancaster police said Tuesday. The victim, who was ejected from the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. A 47-year-old Lancaster man involved in the accident was transported to Erie County Medical C…