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There’s nothing like high school football on Friday nights under the lights.And it’s bound to get even better in Lancaster with the additional pizzazz of a just-installed $22,500 scoreboard for the high school’s Redskins football team, complete with bright and LED bulbs. It replaces the original scoreboard, which dates from 1960, the year the field opened.“This is a huge d…

Orchard Park Garden Club will host “A Salute to the Movies: A Standard Flower Show” from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 1 Fox Run Lane, Route 20A and California Road, Orchard Park. Open to the public; free admission....Hamburg House and Garden Club will host its 25th annual Tour of Homes and Gardens from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets, $12, will be available from n…

Lancaster town officials caught an earful Tuesday night about what some residents termed expensive office furniture for the town’s new public safety building - with figures mentioned as high as $12,000 for furniture for the police chief and several thousand dollars for other desk ensembles.In the end, though, the board voted 4 to 1 - with just Supervisor Dino J. Fudoli opp…

A West Seneca man was arrested for driving drunk early Saturday after he swerved out of his lane and almost struck a state police car, New York State Police officials reported Monday. 42-year-old Scott T. Scarcello of Briarhill Road was driving on Pleasantview Drive in the Town of Lancaster at about 3:25 a.m. when his Dodge Charger crossed the center line, nearly colliding…

LancasterThe start of the Lancaster School Board’s meeting last week resembled a mini-graduation ceremony, as the board individually acknowledged students who received their diplomas after completing necessary requirements through the district’s summer school program.In all, eleven high school students received diplomas.Superintendent Michael J. Vallely lauded the students…

Anniversaries

Mr. and Mrs. Ethan L. Peters of Lancaster celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a renewal of marriage vows by the Rev. Joseph Klos in Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Bowmansville, followed by a family dinner in Red Mill Inn, Clarence. A Caribbean cruise is planned in the fall. Mr. Peters and Rosemarie Pillittere were married Aug. 24, 1963, in Holy Cross Cat…

The Erie Street Bridge drama in Lancaster is about to play out in the courtroom.After back-and-forth arguing between the village and town over whose responsibility it is to repair or replace the deteriorating span hit a wall this week, village leaders ultimately decided to sue the Town of Lancaster.The village is accusing the town of failing to take responsibility for main…

Lancaster School Superintendent Michael J. Vallely went out of his way this week to let the district know its teacher evaluation plan had been approved by state education officials.Even though approval was expected by the district, it was still a big deal. If the state had not approved of the annual professional performance review for its teaching staff, the district would…

Business

Terry Galanis Jr. thought Sealing Devices’ first foray into solar power went so well that he’s quadrupling the Lancaster manufacturer’s commitment to green energy.Sealing Devices last week started work on a second solar energy system at its Lancaster factory and headquarters, 4400 Walden Ave. The project will install a solar energy system on the roof of its Lancaster facil…

The festering controversy over Common Core testing standards bubbled up into a heated public exchange Monday during the Lancaster School Board meeting when a retired substitute teacher referenced Nazi Germany.Herbert Hough, the retired substitute teacher, voiced his criticism of the standardized tests and how they impact students, teachers and the overall learning environm…

LancasterChanges have been made to locations of where the Village of Lancaster stations school crossing guards, as well as the times the guards will be there.The times and locations for guards in the village only are listed at lancastervillage.org for review.Any questions or concerns regarding crossing guards should be directed to the Village Clerk’s Office Monday-Friday, …

Anniversaries

Mr. and Mrs. William P. Martin of Lancaster celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a renewal of marriage vows in Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church, Lancaster, followed by a surprise party in Salvatore’s Garden Place Hotel, Lancaster. Mr. Martin and Nancy C. Adamski were married Aug. 17, 1963, in Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Buffalo. He is a retired supervisor for…

LancasterLearn how to can the best of what summer has to offer at two canning demonstrations to be held in Lancaster today.The first will be held at 10 a.m. at the Lancaster Farmers Market, 4913 Transit Road. The second will be at 2 p.m. at the Lancaster Historical Society, 40 Clark Street. The event at the historical society will include the unveiling of a 100-year-old re…

The girlfriend of a man killed in 2011 after being hit by Taser fire from Lancaster police is suing the town and several officers who were on the scene at the time of the incident.Sarah Faltisco filed the lawsuit this week in U.S. District Court Western District as administrator of the estate of Nicholas A. Koscielniak, who was the father of their young son, Nixon Koscieln…

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May 31, 1937 – Aug. 15, 2013John J. Phillips, of Lancaster, president and chief executive officer of William Pfohl Trucking Co., died Thursday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 76. Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Canisius High School. He worked with his father and uncles in Phillips Brothers Garage on Genesee Street, an aut…