Village Board to examine water rate, management memorandum

The East Aurora Village Board has decided to review a 2004 memorandum of understanding between the village and the Town of Aurora regarding water rate surcharges and future lease management of town water districts through the Erie County Water Authority. The decision came after an executive session during the board’s meeting on Monday night and was spurred by the town’s […]

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Fire on Rice Road displaces family

A family of four has been displaced after a fire broke out at 1271 Rice Road in Elma Tuesday morning. According to Elma Fire Chief Betsy Goinski, a call came in at about 7:08 a.m. for a fire at the two-family residence, which consists of a house and a two-car garage with an upstairs apartment on the side of the […]

Preliminary budget shows need for tax increase, instruction cuts

The Iroquois School Board held its first of four budget work sessions on Jan. 29 to give teachers, parents and the community an overview of where the district stands with state and federal funding and what this could mean for taxpayers. Superintendent Douglas Scofield presented the board’s preliminary budget. According to the statewide school finance consortium, state aid for Iroquois, […]

New Roycroft director has big plans for 2014

Even before Curt Maranto became the Roycroft Campus Corporation’s executive director in January, he was drawing up plans for what he would do if he were the one running the Roycroft. “Being on the board, I already kind of saw what was happening,” said Maranto, who spent a year on the campus’s board. “I already kind of started to formulate […]

Nominations sought for WNY’s outstanding senior volunteer

Nominations are open for older adults to recognize their outstanding service through the Salute to Senior Service program. Sponsored by Home Instead Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, Salute to Senior Service recognizes the contributions of adults age 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes. […]

Tannery Brook meeting prompts plans

Monitoring Tannery Brook this winter and conducting a stream inspection in the spring will likely be the first steps taken to address recent flooding issues in the village. Both would require the permission of property owners, according to information from a special meeting held by the village on Jan. 30. Mayor Allan Kasprzak called the meeting to gain input from […]

EA community budget forum opens dialogue on dire issue

The East Aurora School District hosted a community forum last week to discuss major concerns surrounding the 2014-15 preliminary district budget. About 100 community members, parents, educators and business owners engaged in an open dialogue about potential solutions for closing the estimated $2.13 million budget gap the district anticipates. “I was pleased to see that it was an opportunity to […]

Town of Aurora plans Winterfest

If you plan on sticking around town for the schools’ February recess, you’re in luck, as Aurora will stage its Town of Aurora Winterfest 2014 from Friday, Feb. 14, to Sunday, Feb. 23. “It was mostly just a two-day event before. Now, because of vacation, we’ve made it a ‘staycation’ in East Aurora,” said Elaine Schiltz, town special events coordinator. […]

Take a ‘staycation’ in Aurora with Winterfest

Next week, many students will be home for winter recess. While some will take trips out of the area, not everyone will be flying out of Western New York. But for those staying at home, fear not. From Feb. 14 to 23, the Town of Aurora will hold its annual Winterfest, and those students and families who will be spending […]