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Community concerns over an Iroquois School District bullying assembly spilled into yet another School Board meeting and revealed increasingly diverse opinions.The assembly in question featured gay speaker Jamie Nabozny, who spoke to middle and high school students on Oct. 24 and 25. Though some parents said their children felt it was a powerful program, most attending last…

The Lancaster School District is looking to kick-start a five-year facilities plan that could include big projects like a turf field for soccer, lacrosse and the district’s marching band – as well as extending the fieldhouse.Superintendent Michael J. Vallely announced that the district has identified the projects as candidates to be funded with the help of the Lancaster Ed…

Plans to increase parking at Frosty’s ice cream stand in Depew and add an exit-only drive from the parking area onto Babbette Drive are frosting some residents.Complaints about Dave Del Carlo’s proposal for his ice cream stand are raising safety concerns among residents who say their neighborhood already suffers traffic congestion. He also is looking to make the exit onto …

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A 210-year-old log cabin that is believed to be Erie County’s oldest surviving building is not exactly “surviving” anymore.The rotting Gipple cabin in Lancaster is now heaped in a pile of about 45 pine timbers.Thomas Jefferson was president when the one-room, 1½-story log cabin in Lancaster was built by New Englander Amos Woodard around 1803. And aside from Fort Niagara’s …

LancasterThe Bryce Buchholz Memorial Fund will make a big push this Christmas season to raise the final $32,000 needed to build a bike and skate park in memory of the 14-year-old Lancaster boy who was killed by a drunken driver last year while riding home on his bike with a friend.The fund is holding a Christmas Party at the Lancaster Country Club from 7 to 11 p.m. Dec. 14…

The Town of Lancaster is sporting a new website that will be maintained by designated town employees and will allow all departments to provide the most current information to town residents.New features include a calendar of events, alerts and notices posted on the home page. A forms library includes many standard forms required by town departments.The town’s new website a…

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No, it won’t have a glass elevator whisking seasonally attired characters up and down, and there’s no word whether any crystal chandeliers will be inside.But it’s true.Restaurateur Russell J. Salvatore wants to build a mausoleum for himself in front of his landmark Russell’s Steaks, Chops and More and the connecting Salvatore’s Grand Hotel at 6675 Transit Road in Lancaster…

The public can have its say Dec. 16 about a rezoning request in Lancaster that would pave the way for 156 upscale apartments on a section of Broadway, if ultimately approved by town officials.The Lancaster Town Board set a public hearing for 7:15 p.m. Dec. 16 on a proposed rezoning to multi-family residential – fourth district, from the current zoning categories of general…

The Lancaster Industrial Development Agency is meeting at 8:45 a.m. Dec. 10 in the Lancaster Town Hall, not Tuesday morning, Dec. 3 as previously scheduled. The agency’s monthly meeting is held in the board meeting room of Town Hall at 21 Central Ave.

LancasterThe Town of Lancaster’s newly-adopted 2014 budget of $31.3 million ended up containing an 11th-hour compromise between the Democratic-controlled board and Republican Supervisor Dino J. Fudoli, which restored funding for the full-time job in the tax office for a net increase of about $23,800.The finalized plan also increased by $1,600 to the debt service payment fo…

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A band marched through the center of Hamburg. Santa danced on Main Street in East Aurora. More than 100 fire trucks paraded through the Village of Lancaster.Communities throughout the region on Saturday offered a counterpoint to the harried crowds and long lines of corporate retail as they sought to lure people in with special events. Parades, tree-lighting ceremonies and …

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When members of the West Seneca High School marching band won the silver state championship cup this season – for the fourth time in five years, no less – they reveled in the unexpected rewards of their “sport of the arts.”And this time, it means they’ll be going to Jacksonville, Fla., to march in the halftime show of the Gator Bowl on New Year’s Day.“It only gets better e…

LancasterThe controversial temporary trailer sign outside the Broadway Deli in the Village of Lancaster has received a 60-day extension to keep the sign up until Jan. 21.Deli owner Michelle Thuerck got her wish when she appeared before Acting Village Justice Daniel E. Rinow on Tuesday.Her 4-foot-by-8-foot sign on wheels,which she says she bought for $3,500 about six years …

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Thousands of spectators line the streets to catch a glimpse of Lancaster’s holiday parade, which will showcase more than 100 fire trucks and rescue vehicles decked out for the holidays.The parade, now in its sixth year, kicks off at 6 p.m. and makes its way south from Lancaster High School, down Central Avenue to Broadway, next Saturday night. It ushers in the community’s …

Lancaster parent Heidi Indelicato told a heartfelt story Thursday of her 8-year-old son’s struggle last school year with the abrupt changes in school when the new Common Core standards began making their way into the classroom.Indelicato, a mother of three, said her son’s experience in school changed abruptly when January came with a whole lot of rigorous test preparations…