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Plans for the construction of a 101-room, four-story hotel on Freeman Road near the Buffalo Niagara International Airport will be presented Wednesday evening to the Lancaster Planning Board. The $10 million project proposed for Candlewood Suites calls for the demolition of the former 88-room Buffalo Airport Inn at 50 Freeman Road, according to documents submitted to the…

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Some Western New York residents are about to learn firsthand that the cost of throwing stuff out is going up. Lancaster residents who want to have an extra bag of non-food waste picked up at the curb on garbage day will now be paying $5 per bag, according to Town Clerk Diane Terranova. The $5 will purchase a bright yellow "extra capacity" sticker to be placed on the …

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A public hearing has been set in Lancaster to discuss the installation of small-cell wire devices that will enable its residents to access 5G internet service. The mini-towers, no larger than a pizza box, would be placed on streetlights, buildings and existing utility poles, said Matt Fischione, supervising code enforcement officer. In addition, concealment techniques w…

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A Republican primary for Lancaster town clerk could be the next hurdle for incumbent Diane M. Terranova, a registered Democrat who received the endorsement of the Lancaster Republican Committee. Terranova, 61, was snubbed by town Democrats, who endorsed Cynthia A. Maciejewski, 49, a clerk in the Lancaster Building and Zoning Department. But now another candidate, Rep…

Gusto

The Lancaster Opera House started spring cleaning early this year, cutting ties in March with its two remaining production partners, Rocking Horse Productions and Lancaster Regional Players. The actions by director David Bondrow mark the shift from a community-based theater model to a professional in-house production company, a change he confirmed in a fundraising lette…

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Yard sale permits are required by Chapter 49 of the Code of the Town of Lancaster. They must be obtained at least ten days in advance, said Diane Terranova, Lancaster town clerk. Applications are available at 21 Central Ave. in the town clerk’s office, and must be completed and filed with the town clerk before a permit will be issued. The office is open from 9 a.m. t…

Local News

The towns of Amherst and Tonawanda don't see eye to eye – or curb to curb – when it comes to the overnight parking bans that most of Erie County's suburbs impose during the winter. Tonawanda is often the first community to lift the parking ban in March or even February when the forecast is favorable. And the town sometimes delays the start of the parking ban in the fall…

Crime

Acting Lancaster Chief of Police William J. Karn Jr. hopes to bolster training for town dispatchers in the event of active-shooter situations. The initiative is one of several planned by the new chief, who succeeded former chief Gerald J. Gill Jr. on March 1. Karn, who was captain of the detective bureau, joined the force in 1996. He is a Lancaster native and 199…

The Village of Lancaster on Wednesday joined the growing list of Western New York communities that are putting an early end to their winter bans on overnight street parking. In a news release, Mayor William C. Schroeder said that the parking ban is being lifted immediately. He noted that it usually expires April 1. “The ban is suspended,” he said, “but should a signi…

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Robert G. Kilgore, a former commanding officer of the 107th Attack Wing at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, was promoted from colonel to brigadier general Sunday in a ceremony at the base. Brigadier Gen. Timothy LaBarge, assistant adjutant general of the New York Air National Guard, pinned on Kilgore's first star. Master Sgt. Brandy Fowler, unit spokeswoman…

Cheektowaga

Mayors, trustees and justices will be on the ballots in nine Erie County villages during annual elections March 19. They include: Akron: Mayor Carl E. Patterson and Trustees Michael R. Middaugh and Brian T. Perry, all Republicans, are unopposed. Polls are open from noon until 9 p.m. at Village Hall, 21 Main St. Alden: Incumbent Mark Casell of the Castle Party a…

Amherst

The most important decision after who to marry is where to get married. Buffalo's brides and grooms have a dizzying array of venue choices — from rustic barns to vast banquet halls, from refurbished historic buildings to hotel ballrooms. Today, established banquet facilities and event spaces in the suburbs are investing in upgrades to win over couples in the face of …

Obituaries

June 24, 1925 – Feb. 23, 2019 Bob Deutschlander hadn’t yet received his high school diploma when he led the Lancaster Central School Board as president in the 1960s. That came later. Like many young men during World War II, he was eager to serve his country and left Lancaster High School in 1943 before he graduated – persuading his mother to sign papers for him so…

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Lancaster Town Board members will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday to interview candidates for police chief. Chief Gerald J. Gill Jr., 57, who has served on the village and town police departments for more than 30 years, is retiring Thursday. There are five candidates on the civil service list, and the board will interview the top three candidates, Supervisor Johanna M. Cole…

Crime

A Lancaster elementary school principal was arrested last week in Clarence and charged with drunken driving, State Police reported. Amy B. Moeller, 40, of Amherst, was arrested just before midnight Feb. 14 after she failed field sobriety tests and provided a breath sample showing a blood-alcohol level of .13 percent, police reported. Moeller, the principal of Hillvie…