Few details on man’s death in custody

Lancaster police are releasing little information about a man who died Tuesday morning after officers attempted to subdue him. According to the department, officers were called to a “violent disturbance” by a resident of a home in Lancaster. Chief Gerald Gill declined to specify the street name or identify the deceased, citing respect for the family. “Officers were confronted by […]

Last days of summer

Lightning strikes Bowmansville home

Last week’s wicked thunderstorms are to blame for lightning damage to a Sterling Place home. Bowmansville Fire Co. members responded a little before 2 a.m. on Aug. 25 for the report of a possible lightning strike and the smell of natural gas. “When we got there, there was gas coming out of the laundry room of the house and visible […]


Residents help places, people affected by hurricane

About one dozen people from Lancaster and Alden are helping with relief efforts after Hurricane Irene pounded parts of New York State. While the storm was downgraded as a hurricane before making landfall over the weekend, it walloped downstate New York and Long Island, flooding homes, washing out bridges and damaging infrastructure. Two crews from Bowmansville Fire Co. and two […]


Street party marks 30 years of performances

The Lancaster Opera House will celebrate 30 years of live performance with a party on Clark Street at Central Avenue at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. Erin Sydney Welsh of Clarence Center will perform live music, Adam Michael Magic will perform magic and make balloon animals, and Nimals Puppetry Troup will do street performances. For a small donation, food and […]

Pet Connection plans adoption, fundraising events

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla, will be participating in several special events during the month of September. Pet totes and other goodies will be available for sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 and 24, in the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga. Look for Pet Connection volunteers from […]

Lenihan to remain committee chairman

Leonard R. Lenihan Jr., who has served as Erie County Democratic Committee chairman for the past eight years, was set to step away from the position in June, but he’s decided to hang onto the spot a bit longer. Lenihan, 62, accepted a new role with the party, to serve as a member of the New York State Democratic Committee, […]

Hollywood, the Civil War, and Town Line

¦ This year marks the 65th anniversary of the hamlet’s rejoining the Union.

While perhaps not every northerner agreed with President Abraham Lincoln’s handling of the South’s agitation, residents of Town Line took their feelings a little further than most. Those who lived in the hamlet, half of which is in Alden and the other half in Lancaster, voted 85-40 in 1861 to secede from the Union. “It’s kind of interesting that as […]