Lancaster schools coordinate Day of Kindness

Students in the Lancaster schools received an extra dose of nice on Tuesday as the district held its first Day of Kindness. The program was set up by the Bullyproof Partnership, which has existed in the district since 2009 according to Superintendent Michael Vallely. Students and faculty participated in the scheduling of events for every grade level, which culminated in […]

Village of Depew looks at override of tax cap

A public hearing will be held in the Village of Depew regarding Local Law 1, authorizing a property tax levy in excess of the current limit set. (See editorial on page four) The current tax levy limit in the village is 1.66 percent, according to Village Administrator Liz Melock, but according to Mayor Steven Hoffman, the village is not yet […]

Heroin abuse rampant in Erie County

Officials are seeing a dramatic increase in heroin abuse throughout Erie County, which follows similar trends across the United States, as use of the drug has reached epidemic proportions during the last five years. “Heroin overdoses, as well as overdoses from opioids such as hydrocodone, continue to plague our community,” Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein said last week. […]


Como Lake Scout receives Gold Award

¦ Encourages pursuit of, science, technology, engineering and math

Victoria Allen from Girl Scout Troop 640 in the Como Lake Service Unit has recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest award given to Girl Scouts. She completed more than 80 hours working on a “STEM” project titled “Believe in Yourself.” The purpose of the project was to get younger girls interested in science, technology, engineering […]

Depew man allegedly admits to heroin usage prior to accident involving two children

David Wilczak, 30, of the Village of Depew, was arrested on Feb. 5 for driving while ability impaired by drugs, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of Leandra’s Law, according to Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard. Deputies responded to a report of a two-vehicle property damage accident at Main Street and Sandridge Road in […]

Twin Village Art Society to offer pair of art demonstration choices

The Twin Village Art Society will hold an artistic demonstration via DVD at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25. Participants will choose between “Hall Groat Oil Painting” or “Bob Ross Happy Accidents in Art,” and the choice will be made by those present at the meeting. The demonstration will be held in the second-floor meeting room of the Village of Lancaster […]

BVFA seeking new members, Explorers

During January, members of the Bowmansville Volunteer Fire Association answered 62 emergency calls for assistance. The BVFA also participated in 651 man hours of training and 438 man hours participating in community events in and around Lancaster. BVFA is continuously recruiting new members to assist in serving the community. There are also opportunities for those ages 14-18 in the association’s […]

Lancaster students debate hot topics in competitive forum

The Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center was the site of numerous debates as local high school students demonstrated their knowledge about end-of-life care. Students enrolled in Erie 1 BOCES’ academically competitive New Visions Connection program debated whether society should ration end-of-life care. A total of 16 teens from Amherst, Cheektowaga, Lancaster, Kenmore East, Hamburg and Frontier high schools participated in […]

United by baseball

Duo raise money; friendship begins

Six-year-old William Lucas cheered as loud as he could to motivate friend J.D. Andreessen, 18, as he stepped up to hit in the eighth annual Power Showcase Home Run Derby last month. Except William was watching the live streamed event from a computer in his Tonawanda home as Andreessen knocked a 432-foot home run — his first and longest of […]