2020-06-25 E-Edition

Jacobs declares victory in NY-27 special election, Republican primary

Special election

Not every vote has been counted in a historic special election, but state Sen. Chris Jacobs is confident he’s heading to Washington to represent the NY-27 Congressional District. With all districts in Erie County reporting, Jacobs has almost 70% of the vote. This encompasses Election Day and early voting numbers. Before declaring victory Tuesday night, Jacobs was seeing similar numbers […]

Iroquois superintendent says more state guidance is needed on reopening school in the fall

The Iroquois Board of Education met Tuesday morning to discuss what the next school year might look like, following the annual budget and board of election results just one week prior. “We had our largest vote ever,” said Superintendent Douglas Scofield. All three propositions were passed, including approval of the budget totaling $52,583,668. Board President Jane Sullivan received 2,173 votes, […]

Crosswalk will not be installed at new municipal center

Safety committee says decision comes from lack of foot traffic on Oakwood

The new municipal center on Oakwood Avenue will not include a crosswalk. Shane Krieger, East Aurora Police chief and head of the village Safety Committee, said he and other community leaders don’t believe the crosswalk is necessary, as they do not believe the municipal center will see an increase in foot traffic. In addition, Krieger said there is already a […]

Region moves closer to final phase of reopening, but virus picks up pace outside NYS

As Western New York inches closer to the final phase of New York’s incremental reopening plan, state and local officials are viewing the state’s downward case trajectory with cautious optimism amid a rapid surging of case numbers outside of the state’s walls. The region officially entered phase 3 of reopening on June 16, which allowed for gatherings of up to […]

Aurora Players cancel remaining 2020

The Aurora Players board of directors recently announced the cancellation of all planned events for the remainder of 2020 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the past few months, the board of directors have held meetings via web conferences, eventually coming to the decision to postpone what would have been May’s production of “Butterflies are Free” to the 2021-2022 […]

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation grant to fund play programming at Rural Outreach Center

The Rural Outreach Center, a nonprofit organization offering a wide variety of social services throughout the rural areas of southern Western New York, will receive a three-year grant of $395,400 from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation to fund the organization’s play programming initiatives. “The Rural Outreach Center utilizes play programming to address issues of childhood trauma,” said ROC Executive […]

Local students, staff benefit from Share the Love program

Continuing the tradition of “Share the Love,” The Pink Cow Ice Cream distributed over 15,000 coupons for free ice cream to students and staff of seven area school districts, including Alden, Akron, Pembroke, Alexander, Attica, Iroquois and Lancaster. This being the 10th anniversary year, owners Laura and Hanna Ross had many events and celebrations planned for the community for this […]

The ‘buzz’ about honey bees

Bee Editorial

They are among nature’s most misunderstood animals – honeybees. These flying insects get a bad rap, in part because of their cousins, the wasps and yellow jackets. Recently, “American Horror Story” actress Sarah Paulson revealed that she is afraid of bees, calling them “disgusting.” Even elephants are afraid of bees, as discovered by scientists in Kenya in 2007. So why […]

Spindle items

STAY AT HOME SPLURGES – I know a lot of people are excited about New York entering Phase 3 of the reopening process. For me, that meant I finally got to have brunch with my sisters. While we were sipping on fancy drinks Saturday morning, we started talking about the things we spent way too much money on during the […]