Depew’s new mayor ready to remake village

Steven Hoffman certainly looks the part. The new mayor of the Village of Depew wore a crisp white shirt Tuesday — his first official day on the job — embroidered with the word “mayor” on one side and the village’s seal over his heart. Hoffman is working out of a new office inside Village Hall, down the hall from the […]

Lancaster police station almost a go

The Lancaster Town and Planning boards will meet next week to finalize plans for a new police station. Four options, including a new building and renovating existing police buildings, were presented to the Town Board Monday night by representatives from Foit-Albert Associates, which is designing the project. Originally, the town pursued renovating and adding on to a building it owns […]

Mock party used as training exercise

Members of Depew High School’s Students Against Drunk Driving chapter, along with students from Batavia High School, participated in a recent mock underage drinking party at Ripa’s Restaurant in Lancaster as a training exercise for local law enforcement agencies. The training program, which was provided free as part of an Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws grant, ran from 8:30 a.m. to […]

Village Board schedules budget hearing

The Lancaster Village Board has scheduled a public hearing to discuss the tentative budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year, which begins on June 1. The public hearing is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Monday, April 11, in the Council Chambers of the Lancaster Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway. Members of the board still have some work to do before adopting the budget. […]

Depew student knows meaning of freedom


Emily Law, an eighth-grader at Depew Middle School, won top honors in the Lancaster-Depew Sertoma Club’s annual essay contest. In its 38th year, the contest’s theme for 2011 was “Freedom in America.” Forty-five students turned in essays while the entire seventh grade created posters. The essays were whittled down to 20, and teachers rated and ranked them. The top five […]

Lancaster Model UN wins big

The Lancaster Model United Nations Club, advised by Mary Ann Pantera, won top honors at the St. Bonaventure Model United Nations competition March 25 and 26. The club won for its representation of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Jordan Russ in the International Atomic Energy Agency and Alex Wukovits in the UN Environment Programme earned Individual Best Delegation Committee honor. […]

Lancaster Board of education reviews draft budget

The Lancaster Central School District reviewed its 2011-12 draft budget of $88,936,513 Monday evening at its last budget work session. The total would realize an increase of $3.1 million over the 2010-11 budget, or 3.6 percent. The tax levy shows an increase of $5.2 million, or 13.24 percent more than the current year. State aid received for the 2010-11 year […]

Families of Flight 3407 victims criticize amendment to aviation bill

An amendment to the FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2011, which was opposed by the Families of Continental Flight 3407, passed last week in the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 215 to 209. The amendment, put forward by Republican Rep. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania, would undermine aviation reform approved in the wake of the crash of […]

Depew school taxes could go up by 3 percent

The Depew Board of Education will consider on Tuesday, April 12, whether to ask taxpayers for more money in order to fund school operations. As presented at its Tuesday meeting, Superintendent Jeffrey Rabey’s proposed budget for 2011-12 stands at $37,872,147. That’s a 0.22 percent, or $81,831 increase, in spending over the 2010-11 budget. The spending plan includes a tax levy, […]

Safety should be first priority in airline regulation

Bee Editorial

The main thrust of Rep. Bill Shuster’s amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Bill is to allow for the setting of different standards for various segments of the airline industry. At first glance, that makes a certain amount of sense. A regulation could be appropriate for a certain sector of the airline industry but not apply to another. Shuster […]