2020-03-26 E-Edition

Coronavirus reaches local community

Four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster,
three in Cheektowaga, Sloan, Depew area

The coronavirus has officially hit home. As of Wednesday morning, there have been four confirmed coronavirus cases in Lancaster, and three confirmed cases in the Cheektowaga/Sloan/Depew area, according to the Erie County Department of Health. There are more than 120 confirmed coronavirus cases in all of Erie County. As of Wednesday morning, one female in her 80s has died from […]

Lancaster Town Board denies LIDA member appointment

The Lancaster Town Board split the vote to approve David Visone’s reappointment as a member of the Lancaster Industrial Development Agency at the March 16 meeting. Visone was removed from his position in February due to a technicality. He did not file an oath of office within 30 days of his appointment in January. Supervisor Ron Ruffino Sr. said in […]

Crisis deepens as cases mount and county encounters vital supply shortage

New York sees drastic rise in cases, transmission rates

Last week, there were fewer than 10 confirmed cases in Erie County. By March 20, the number of residents tested for the virus had risen so dramatically that the county ran out of materials needed to conduct the tests. The county’s rapidly increasing number of cases, coupled with an international shortage of vital medical supplies, hospital beds and ventilators, echoes […]

Lancaster Central Schools receive best possible rating on risk assessment

At a board meeting on Monday, March 16, the Lancaster Central School District voted to accept a report on risk assessment and state aid audit acceptance at the advisement of board member Kevin Davenport, who is on the audit committee. “The annual risk assessment is part of the New York State requirement for an internal-audit function,” said Jamie Phillips, assistant […]

Independent Health to cover cost of coronavirus testing, treatment

Independent Health announced it will provide coverage for COVID-19 testing and treatment and confirmed its ability to maintain nearly full-capacity business capabilities in the event of an outbreak in WNY. Independent Health will waive the member cost share for COVID-19 testing ordered by a health care professional for commercial, Medicare and state products lines of business in accordance with New […]

Upcoming Meetings

Due to COVID-19 concerns, many meetings will be held via Facebook Live or teleconference. Check with each municipality before attending. The Depew Village Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 6, at 85 Manitou St., Depew. The Lancaster Board of Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 6, at 149 Central Ave., Lancaster. The Lancaster Town Board will […]

Depew District 2020-2021 budget balanced, totaling $46 million

The 2020-2021 draft budget for the Depew Union Free School District is currently balanced, superintendent Jeffrey Rabey told the Board of Education March 17. The budget, totaling $46 million, includes staffing increases, technology upgrades and more. The tax levy will be set at 1.94% and the budget vote is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19. “There has been no direction on […]

Rotary Club hosts car show

The Rotary Club of Lancaster-Depew will hold an antique and classic car show Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Depew High School, 5201 Transit Road. The rain date is Tuesday, Aug. 11. Vehicle registration is from 3 to 6 p.m. and awards are presented at 8 p.m. There will be food, music, raffles and prizes. For questions, contact Michael Forster at 316-3874.

Newly appointed trustee resigns; former trustee steps up to fill vacancy on Village of Depew Board

Former trustee and deputy mayor Edwin Voll III was appointed to the Village of Depew Board at the March 23 meeting, after the Board accepted the resignation of newly appointed trustee Judith Michaels. Voll had previously resigned in January due to a “change of a personal situation,” as he no longer lived in Depew. Michaels resigned from her position as […]