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LancasterTown Board (elect 2)(I) John M. Abraham Jr. D, C, I, WF(I) Ronald Ruffino Sr. D, C, I, WFPatrick F. Sportelli RRobert E. Leary RWhat to know: The Lancaster Republicans are in an uphill climb to grab majority control of the Democratic Town Board in the council race. Political newcomers Patrick F. Sportelli and Robert E. Leary are looking to unseat well-entrenched i…

LancasterThe Lancaster Farmers Market is hosting a benefit event today for Geri Hens, a vendor who was seriously injured in a car accident and currently cannot work.Hens, the sole proprietor of Hens Bee Farm, has no medical insurance.The benefit will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, at the market, 4913 Transit Road, in the AMF Bowling Alley.All of the market’s vendors …

Women & Children’s Hospital has opened three more OB/GYN centers.The new centers are in Lockport, Lancaster and Hamburg.“We’re trying to extend access to the care at Women & Children’s,” said Dr. Gil Farkash, Kaleida Health’s chief of service for OB/GYN.Women & Children’s Hospital opened similar centers in the last two years in Kaleida Health’s DeGraff Memorial Hospital in…

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July 27, 1937 – Oct. 23, 2013Gerhard J. Neumaier, a co-founder of the Lancaster-based environmental services firm Ecology & Environment, died Wednesday in Buffalo after a short illness. He was 76.Mr. Neumaier was born in Covington, Ky., and graduated from Kaiser High School in Dayton, Ohio. He earned a mechanical engineering degree from the General Motors Institute and a m…

Gerhard J. Neumaier, a co-founder of Lancaster-based firm Ecology & Environment, died Wednesday, the company said.“He will be remembered as a visionary who played a pivotal role in E&E’s growth from a small, local firm to a successful global environmental consulting company,” the company said. “We cannot and will not forget the vision Gerhard provided to this company from …

An employee of a Cheektowaga nursing facility has been accused of falsifying a patient’s records to conceal her failure to provide care, according to the State Attorney General’s Office.Alissa DiBello, 20, of Lancaster, a certified nursing assistant at Elderwood Health Care at Maplewood, was arraigned Wednesday on two felony counts of falsifying business records. She plead…

A series of email exchanges about a routine resolution over a skate park erupted into angry words during the Lancaster Town Board work session earlier this week.Supervisor Dino Fudoli – the lone Republican on the five-member Town Board – lashed out at Councilman Ronald Ruffino Sr., demanding an apology for a recent email exchange between Fudoli’s secretary, Lynn M. Sacha, …

Even with the 2014-15 school budget vote still six months away, the Iroquois School Board is focusing on how to improve the budget process.The district will conduct at least three budget work sessions per year, increase signage, send out invitations to community groups and conduct an exit poll at every budget vote. Superintendent Douglas Scofield said last week he hopes th…

The much-talked about skate and bike park to be built in Bryce Buchholz’s memory in Lancaster cleared a major hurdle Monday night after town leaders approved its conceptual design.The proposal had stalled in recent months, as project costs were revised and increased, and other details were worked out. But the Town Board’s unanimous vote gave organizers hope. The park was t…

By Karen RobinsonNews Staff ReporterOne political battle in Lancaster centers on whether the Democratic hold on the Town Board will remain intact as Republicans challenge two council seats.But also commanding voter attention is what’s emerging as a hot race for town justice between two well-known attorneys – Mark S. Aquino and Anthony J. Cervi. Cervi lost a bid several yea…

The Independence Day celebration in the heart of Lancaster featured Fun for Everyone Shows’ amusement rides.But it wasn’t much fun for one Depew boy riding the Ferris wheel that day who was struck in the head by dislodged equipment. Nor for a carnival employee working on the same ride that same day, who fell and ended up losing a finger.After the carnival ended, the villag…

LancasterThe Lancaster Village Board has a special meeting at 7 p.m. Monday to hold a public hearing on possible Community Development Block Grant projects. The board meets in the Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway.A possible consideration might be to extend improvements to sidewalks and curbing one block north of the Central Avenue business district between Pleasant Avenue…

It’s tiny – by most standards – a span that can be crossed in about 12 steps.But as little as it is, the small, deteriorating Erie Street span in the Village of Lancaster, just east of Court Street, took center stage Thursday in a downtown Buffalo courtroom and officially was declared a bridge by State Supreme Court Justice Shirley Troutman.That means the Town of Lancaster…

At a time when it’s more difficult for retail developments – like doughnut shops, pizzerias and stores – to reap the benefits of tax breaks granted by industrial development agencies, Lancaster’s development arm is facing such a request from a fireplace business.Fireplace Outlet, with two locations in the Northtowns, is looking to close its leased Transitown Plaza site in …

Lancaster’s teachers will receive 3.8 percent yearly pay raises, including their step increment adjustments, under a two-year contract extension approved this week by the School Board.The salary increases cover teachers on a 21-step schedule, and would put the starting pay for a teacher with a master’s degree at $42,000, while the highest-paid teacher with a master’s would…