First-grader’s penmanship wins contest hands down

Ethan Quinn takes his handwriting seriously. At Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Depew, his diligence is well-noted, according to teacher Debbie Szczepanski. The first-grader “takes a lot of time when he does his work,” she said. “He’s one of the last ones to finish because he’s taking so much time.” The attention to detail has paid off. The […]

Voters approve school budgets

Depew Union Free

Depew Union Free School District residents gave their superintendent a vote of confidence on Tuesday. By a vote of 629 to 267, residents approved Superintendent Jeffrey Rabey’s $37.4 million budget. Tax rates are estimated at $33.98 per $1,000 assessed value, up 92 cents, for Cheektowaga, and $21.07 per $1,000, up 57 cents, for Lancaster. Both figures represent a 2.82 percent […]

Lancaster Central

Voters in the Lancaster Central School District apparently like the direction in which the school community is going. Residents who headed to the polls approved all four propositions on the ballot, including Superintendent Edward Myszka’s $91.5 million spending plan. That proposition passed 1,824 to 1,308. It carries an estimated tax rate of $16.12, an additional 24 cents, per $1,000 assessed […]

Cause of sewer clog unknown

The Village of Lancaster is still waiting to learn who may be responsible for the April 23 backup of a sewer located under the east side of a bridge that carries Broadway over Cayuga Creek. Crews worked overnight on that date to remove cooking grease that had clogged a pipe 25 feet below ground and threatened to cause a backup […]

Village Garage Sale starts Friday

Have the urge to shop this weekend? Just look for the yellow balloons. A Village Wide Garage Sale, sponsored by the Village of Lancaster and The Lancaster Bee, will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 18, through Sunday, May 20. All the sales can be found on page 7 of this week’s classified section on a […]

LHS grad recognized for St. Bona achievements


Brittany Feldmeyer is thankful for the opportunity she has had serving as a resident assistant at St. Bonaventure University. Feldmeyer, who graduated from Lancaster High School in 2008, received the Senior Achievement Award at the college’s annual RA Awards Banquet on April 22, which honored her hard work and perseverance at Doyle Hall, a dormitory on campus. According to college […]

Yard, plant sale comes to Hull House this weekend

The Hull Family Home & Farmstead will hold a yard sale and plant sale this weekend. The hours for the sale will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20, at the farmstead site, 5962 Genesee St. at Pavement Road, Lancaster. Table space for the yard sale is still available. Contact Cheri Vogel at 683-7574 […]

Youth Bureau offers prep for Regents examinations

The Town of Lancaster Youth Bureau is accepting registrations for Regents exam preparation sessions from May 29 through June 19 for the following subjects: integrated algebra, geometry, algebra 2/trig, biology, chemistry, global history and geography II, and U.S. history and government. Openings are limited; students are urged to register as soon as possible at the Lancaster Youth Bureau from 9 […]

News brief

The Lancaster New York Historical Society is selling tickets for its annual quilt raffle. This year’s quilt, “Circle of Friends,” was made by members of the Lancaster Quilters Guild. The raffle will be held July 4. Tickets may be obtained by calling Ray Wolfe at 683-4679.

Benefit planned for Lancaster man in need of transplant

John DiBartolomeo said he feels he is not done living. In fact, since the 54-year-old Lancaster resident received a bilateral lung transplant in September 2006, he’s thankful for the gift of life that has allowed him to see his daughters graduate from college and the birth of his two grandchildren. In 1995, DiBartolomeo was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a […]