New coffee shop program building student confidence, community at Sciole

At 9 a.m. on Friday morning at John A. Sciole Elementary, special education teacher Stephanie Anderson’s classroom was buzzing with activity. To a soundtrack of high-energy songs such as Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” a dozen students were lined up filling hot beverage orders for teachers using new Keurig machines. Clad in aprons, hairnets and gloves, the crew was a mixture of […]

Lancaster district estimates $1 million rise in benefit costs in draft budget

According to draft figures presented to Board of Education members on Monday, the Lancaster schools could experience a $1 million rise in employee benefits costs, along with other smaller increases, in 2018-19. Jamie Phillips, the district’s assistant superintendent for business and support services, reviewed roughly 50 percent of the budget for the board during an initial work session, going through […]

Depew police cars, fire equipment to be auctioned within 90 days

Depew police and fire departments have selected equipment, clothing and outdated technology to be auctioned off in the next 90 days, according to a Village Board resolution passed Monday night. Some electronics, such as old computer towers and televisions, will be recycled. “We pretty much do it every year. It’s always different what we have. We’ve done ink cartridges, we’ve […]


Lancaster Town accepting reservations for picnic season

The Town of Lancaster Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department will begin accepting picnic reservations for the 2018 season at 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 5. Reservations are restricted to Town of Lancaster residents only. New this year, pavilion and shelter reservations will be online only; no walk-in or phone reservations will be accepted. There is a limit of one reservation per […]

Students named to Buffalo State dean’s list

Buffalo State College has named the following students to its fall 2017 dean’s list: Bowmansville Danielle Milbrand Depew Ryan Alsop, Kevin Annese, Lois Becker, Riley Chapman, Katherine Ciambor, Daniel Corbi, Michael Czuba, Rachel Dannheim, Jamie Francis, Andrew Graziano, Taylor Grupp, James Janik, Brandi Kaczmarek, Alyssa Klaffka, Nicole Laviolette, Jeff Marron, Kayla Mccall, Shelby Metzger, Michael Muscarella, Grace Nadig, Wendy Nelson, […]

Village Board looks to improve sewer system

The Lancaster Village Board continues to focus on improving its sanitary sewer system. The board approved a resolution at Monday’s meeting to fund a project that will replace outdated equipment in the Brady Avenue and Cambria Street sanitary sewer systems. The project will be mostly funded through a federal Community Development Block Grant, which will cover $100,000 worth of construction […]


Nostalgia abounds at Old Time Radio Club

It’s a blustery, dank — and frankly, unpleasant — Monday night in early January, but for the about 10 people gathered in a ground-level room with mustard and blue walls at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church on Cleveland Drive, it’s a perfect night to talk shop and get lost in a wave of Agnes Moorehead-, “The Shadow”- and Jack Benny-fueled nostalgia. […]

A look at the women who keep our communities going

Bee Editorial

On Sunday, women across the nation and right here in our area joined together to show the fight for women’s rights is far from finished. In all, an estimated 1 million people took to the streets, holding signs and calling for government leaders to fight for issues that matter to them: health care, equal pay and an end to sexual […]