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Aug. 8, 1920 – Aug. 10, 2013John L. “Jack” Beilman, of Lancaster, an award-winning engineer who led teams that developed experimental airplanes, died Friday in GreenFields Continuing Care Community, Lancaster, after a short illness. He was 93.Born in Buffalo, he moved with his family to Lancaster in 1933, where he attended St. Mary’s Elementary School and St. Mary’s High S…

LancasterThe Town of Lancaster Highway Department’s pre-engineered storage building has hit a delay, with town officials last week rejecting all bids received on the building.Town leaders said bids came in too high on the structure, at slightly more than $1 million.As a result, the town is planning on decreasing the size of the building to bring its cost under the bond amo…

Lancaster village officials Wednesday pointed to two town documents identifying the deteriorating Erie Street Bridge, just east of Court Street, as a bridge and, therefore, the responsibility of the town.The continuing debate over whether the village or town should fix or rebuild the span, which lies in the village, led to a presentation Wednesday evening by village specia…

A man on the roof of a commercial building around William Street and Transit Road jumped off the structure, ending a standoff that began at around 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, Lancaster police said.Thomas Bailey, 37, of Lancaster, was given first aid and transported by ambulance to ECMC with internal injuries, police added. He will be held for a mental evaluation.The incident bega…

In the Village of Lancaster, a battle is under way over what is known by some as the Erie Street Bridge, just east of Court Street.But to Town of Lancaster officials, this span over Spring Creek in an industrial section of the village is known as the Erie Street Culvert.The flap, which is causing commotion in official circles on either side of Broadway, boils down to which…

The pesky rat issue in Lancaster is not going away – even though a handful of residents are speaking to the issue before the Town Board.Monday was no different, when Tobian Breidert, of Riemers Avenue, spoke strongly to the board, again demanding more action and insisting that the town consider buying garbage totes to help abate the problem, like many neighboring communiti…

LancasterLancaster village officials last week signed off on Mayor Paul Maute submitting a grant application for $200,000 to the state Office of Community Renewal to help continue revitalization efforts for the village.The village is re-applying for additional funding through the New York Main Street grant program, after having received $200,000 in grants dating to 2008. T…

Lancaster village officials Monday averted jeopardizing about $900,000 in combined federal and state money earmarked for the long-awaited demolition of nearly half of the hulking Lancaster Village Partnership Complex.A special Village Board meeting that otherwise contained rather routine business items ended up yielding significant action when the board agreed unanimously …

LancasterThe town’s indoor baseball training facility finally has construction contracts in place after the Town Board this week approved them, but now there’s talk of possibly tweaking how fast the bond is paid off for the project.The Lancaster-Depew Baseball League will pay the town back on the $1.7 million bond, which has been planned for a 15-year payback period. The l…

A developer’s intention to construct 42 single-family homes north of William Street in Lancaster has town officials chatting about whether to auction off a few undeveloped “paper” streets owned by the town that would be needed for another subdivision.Natale Builders is interested in building homes in an area to the north of William Street and east of Penora Street in what …

Fans of goat milk in all its forms – raw, pasteurized, cheese, yogurt – have started to notice Castle Farms, a small farm in Brant with a big menu of products.Customers buy milk at the farm (1051 Route 249, Brant, 549-3282), and cheese and yogurt at farmers’ markets. “Right now we’ve got 76 goats, and we’re milking 32 of them, getting about 15 gallons a day,” said George C…

The proposed Lancaster indoor baseball training facility got a major green light Tuesday night when town leaders awarded $1.53 million in multiple construction contracts for the complex to be built in Westwood Park.The town will end up owning the 16,200-square-foot baseball training facility and is borrowing $1.7 million to build it, but the Lancaster-Depew Baseball League…

The Village of Lancaster puts itself on the map each year when the community celebrates the popular “Christmasville” event.Now, a new event is brewing for this fall. This one is dubbed “Zombieville,” and it is being eyed for the last two weeks of October, leading up to Halloween.Village Special Events Coordinator Dawn Gaczewski brainstormed the idea, and Monday evening she…

LancasterWhether the Buffalo Lancaster Airport should expand and cleaning up town zoning to clarify just what is allowed in the town’s light industrial zoning district continue to be hot topics at Town Hall.Town officials are still weighing several matters pertaining to the airport, while a pocket of residents – many who are part of the Safe Aviation Coalition of Lancaster…

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One week before Western New York’s biggest and best-known gardening showcase, Garden Walk Buffalo, green-thumbed homeowners from Amherst to Lancaster proved Saturday that it doesn’t take an Olmsted-designed parkway in your front yard to have a landscape worth showing off. The tail end of a storm early in the day did not deter gardening enthusiasts from flocking to suburban…