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2018-10-11 / Editorial

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Lancaster/ Depew Editor

SO LONG, FAREWELL — After more than two years at The Bee, I’ll be moving on to a new adventure — across the country.

My husband (still weird to say, even though I’ve had a couple months of practice) was lucky enough to nab a job in sunny California, and we’ll be settling in to west coast life in Los Angeles.

With the big move happening in less than a month now, this will be my last issue as editor for The Lancaster/Depew Bee.

As a Lancaster native and Depew School district alum, it’s with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to the community that raised me and that I’ve had the pleasure of covering during my time at The Bee, and also with the Lancaster Sun as a freelancer.

There are a lot of firsts that I associate with this area. It’s where I got my first job as a journalist roughly five years ago now, and I was lucky enough to get to know leaders for Lancaster and Depew.

The people that keep us safe, the individuals that work so hard to make the area an enjoyable place to live, from putting on concerts and other fun events to revamping time-tested traditions, are what make this area so beloved by its residents.

Taking over for me will be our Amherst reporter, Holly Lipka. Holly is a phenomenal writer with a good eye for a story, and will make a wonderful editor.

Reach out to her for any story or calendar at hlipka@beenews.com, or 204-4924.

It’s been a fun run in my hometown. Wish us luck in this new chapter of our lives.

BACK TO SCHOOL EVENTS — Annual pops concerts for Lancaster and Depew are coming up, with Depew’s concert to be held in the high school gym at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at 5201 Transit Road in Depew.

The big rivalry game between Lancaster and Depew will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Lancaster High School, 1 Forton Drive.

An additional dollar will be charged per ticket, with funds going toward three food pantries in the area: Tri-Community, St. Martha’s and Trinity pantries, according to Depew Trustee Audrey Hamernik.

Funding will help the local food pantries through the upcoming holiday season.

For more information, visit www.depewschools.org or www.lancasterschools.org.

FOOD DRIVE — Depew Mayor Jesse Nikonowicz and Trustee Audrey Hamernik will be heading the second annual Community Schools Competitive Food Drive, sponsored by the Village of Depew and Tops in Education, among other businesses and organizations.

The food drive will benefit Tri-Community, Trinity and St. Martha’s food pantries.

The effort began Sept. 17 and will run until Friday, Oct. 19. The winning school will be announced at noon Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Tops Markets at Transit and Rehm roads.

Participating high schools are Lancaster, Depew and St. Mary’s; elementary schools involved are Hillview, John Sciole and Cayuga Heights.

The winning high school will get a pizza party, while the prize for the winning elementary school will be an ice cream social.

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