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Opioid overdoses continue to climb in Erie County

An epidemic grows

The numbers are in, and they’re staggering. According to Cheryll Moore, medical care administrator for the Erie County Department of Health, so far in 2016, there have been four deaths due to homicide in Buffalo and 40 deaths due to opiate overdose. (See editorial on page four) “These numbers are unlike anything I’ve ever seen,” she said. “That’s not acceptable.” […]

Elma to close electronic recycling station

Residents in Elma will no longer be able to dispose of electronic waste at the transfer station on Creek Road beginning March 30, as the Elma Town Board opted to eliminate the recycling box at its Feb. 24 meeting. According to Supervisor Dennis Powers, the electronic recycling box stopped becoming cost effective, as it cost the town approximately $25,000 in […]

Restoration initiative to impact Buffalo River

Rep. Brian Higgins spoke on the House Floor during Great Lakes Day to demonstrate the importance of fully funding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and other Great Lakes programs in Congress’ proposed budget for fiscal year 2017, according to a press release. Since the creation of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in 2010, nearly $1.6 billion has been invested in […]

Iroquois student takes top spot in essay contest


Recently, students in the automotive technology class at the Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES Ormsby Educational Center in East Aurora competed in the “Ron Smith Memorial Auto Tech Competition” held by the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association in Orchard Park. One of those students was Jacob Zelasko of Iroquois High School, who took first place in the essay writing portion of […]

News Brief

The spring Mensa admission test will be held Saturday, March 12, in the Southgate Plaza community meeting room, 950 Union Road. The test will begin at 10:15 a.m. Walk-ins are welcome. To register, call 472-1422 or email testing@wny.us.mensa.org. There is a $40 processing fee for each test. For more information, visit www.wny.us.mensa.org.

Trustee seats contested in upcoming village election

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 four individuals will seek election for three open seats. All three incumbents, Randy West, Ernest Scheer […]

East Aurora woman charged following mobile home fire

A criminal investigation following a mobile home fire on Olean Road in East Aurora resulted in Kirstin Kelly, 28, of the address, being charged with three class A misdemeanors, according to the East Aurora Town of Aurora Police Department. The charges are one count of third-degree assault, recklessly causing physical injury to another person; one count of second-degree reckless endangerment; […]


Rural Outreach Center reflects on services performed in 2015

In 2015, the Rural Outreach Center, located at 730 Olean Road in East Aurora, served over 550 individuals, according to the nonprofit organization’s recently released annual report. “Our mission is to assist, empower and elevate the impoverished rural population in southern Erie County and surrounding areas,” said Pastor Frank Cerny, ROC board chairman. “We serve with compassion, empathy and respect […]