Lothlorien to open season with newly constructed Angel Arena

For those in the path of the 2014 November storm, few were left unscathed. The Lothlorien Therapeutic Riding Center in East Aurora was no exception. Following the storm, the center’s indoor equestrian riding center suffered structural damage to its walls, deeming it unsafe for people and horses. Thus, the center turned to East Aurora and the Western New York community […]

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Board of Education responds to state mandates for district

The Iroquois Board of Education met Wednesday to discuss the state of the district after several updates and assessments from both local and state levels. Mary Jo Dudek, assistant superintendent for curriculum, gave a presentation on the state Education Department accountability status for the district. The assessment is based on the district’s standing with respect to the No Child Left […]

Mayor to run unopposed, trustee seats contested

Mayor Allan Kasprzak is set to run unopposed as he seeks another term in the upcoming East Aurora village election, which is slated for Tuesday, March 15. The mayoral seat carries a two-year term. The trustee race, however, will be a different story, as five individuals will seek election for three open seats. All three incumbents, Randy West, Ernest Scheer […]

Karen Zmich to head Leading Age WNY


Karen Zmich, property manager of United Church Manor in West Seneca, was recently named president of Leading Age Western New York’s board of directors. “This is a great opportunity to help seniors age well in the community,” she said. Leading Age WNY provides networking and organization opportunities for its members, which span almost the entire continuum of care for seniors, […]

Fostering a feeling of family

Ann-Marie Orlowski was placed into the foster care system at age 7. Efforts were made to reunify her with her birth mother, but it eventually became clear that would not be possible and at the age of 14, she was adopted by her foster family. (See editorial on page four) “My having been in the system myself as a child […]

Family’s legacy involves connection with Hubbard and Roycroft

If  Elbert Hubbard is recognized as one of the most prominent American writers and philosophers of the early 20th century, 89-year old East Aurora resident Clayton Bailey stands as proof of Hubbard’s eternal legacy within Western New York. “My Dad worked for Elbert Hubbard before the war and after the war. He and my mother later worked for Hubbard’s son, […]

Library receives new children’s furniture

The Aurora Town Public Library has recently acquired several new pieces of furniture for the children’s section of the building. The furniture was made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Aurora Town Public Library and the Aurora Women’s Club, along with proceeds from the Nickel City Professionals Bestsellers Fundraisers and a donation in honor of Margaret M. […]

Answering foster care, adoption need brings rewards

Children in the foster care system face many difficult challenges. Often they do not have consistency, which can be so important to a child’s mental well-being and development. It is also difficult for a child who has been through many homes to feel a sense of love, security and acceptance. Becoming a foster parent or adoptive parent means an person […]

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East Aurora Editor

LIKE LIGHTNING SPEED — Being born in April 1990, I find myself being smack-dab in the center of the millennial generation. Being a millennial these days means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, some of which are good, some of which are bad and some of which are just plain ridiculous. However, one of the […]