Lancaster football players return favor, learn CPR

Most people don’t want to be in a position where they have to use cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but the reality is that there are many scenarios that can spark such a need, and when that happens, the skill is direly needed by someone whose life hangs in the balance. The Pesany family learned that lesson when JJ Pesany received an electric […]

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¦ Kelleher retires after 38 years

J. Michael Kelleher sat behind the bench of the Lancaster Town Court for 38 years, but when the clock tolled midnight to ring in 2014, he stepped away from that role to focus on other facets of his life. “It’s an odd feeling after 38 years,” said Kelleher on the last day of his time with the court. The practicing […]

Garage fire causes more than $200,000 damage

A fire that began just after 6 a.m. Friday eventually caused more than $200,000 in structural and content damage to a Maple Road home. According to Bob Sinclair, Bowmansville Fire Department first assistant chief, the fire began in the northwest corner of the garage, but a cause of the blaze has not yet been released. “The homeowner heard the smoke […]


Residents, employees of health care facilities raise funds for Meals on Wheels

This year, the residents and employees of The McGuire Group’s five local health care and rehabilitation facilities helped to ensure that members of the community received meals that were not only warm during the chilly winter months, but also nourishing. The group accomplished this by engaging in a friendly competition to see which facility could raise the most money to […]


FASNY HELP program pays for college, helps recruit volunteer firefighters

It’s an ideal situation, according to Tom Chmielowiec. The Fire Association of the State of New York’s Higher Education Learning Plan program aims to put men and women through college free of charge while attracting volunteer firefighters for the state’s fire companies. “It’s a win-win for everybody,” said Chmielowiec, whose duties at Erie Community College include transitional learning and managing […]


Lancaster leans Republican as officials are sworn in

A political shift took place as officials were sworn in on New Year’s Day in the Town of Lancaster. While Ronald Ruffino and John Abraham retained their seats on the Town Board, and Daniel Amatura was re-elected to his post as highway superintendent, a change took place in the town courts. Justice J. Michael Kelleher retired this year, and Anthony […]

Staff teams up to provide presents for community

For nearly 15 years, employees of GreenField Health and Rehabilitation Center in Lancaster have provided gifts for families in need during the Christmas season. Efforts began several years ago with one department “adopting” a family or two. Through the years the Adopt-a-Family project has grown, and now nearly every employee participates in some way. Money to purchase Christmas gifts is […]