2019-01-10

Obituary: Robert Clinton Thur, Beloved Father

Robert Clinton Thur Feb. 1, 1934 – Dec. 31, 2018 Robert Clinton Thur, a longtime former resident of East Aurora, died on Monday, December 31, 2018 at home in Kissimmee, Fla. under the care of Hospice after a long illness. He was 84. Born on Feb. 1, 1934 in East Aurora, Mr. Thur was the son of the late Willard […]

Obituary: Parker Price, Army Veteran

Parker Price Dec. 19, 1934 – Dec. 20, 2018 Parker Price of East Aurora died on Thursday, December 20, 2018, a day after his 84th birthday. A proud Army veteran, Mr. Price was the husband of the late Barbara Price. Mr. Price was also predeceased by his siblings Gerald (late Sarah), Virginia (William) Norde, Robert (Ann) and Richard Price. He […]

Obituary: Donna J. Persons, Loving Wife and Mother

Donna J. Persons June 29, 1945 – Dec. 22, 2018 Donna J. (née Crane) Persons of South Wales died on Saturday, December 22, 2018. She was 73. Mrs. Persons is survived by her husband Donald J. Persons; children Glenn (Tammy) Gates, Kirk (Tairwren) Gates and Brian (Kelly) Persons; and grandchild Alex. She was predeceased by her sister Linda Crane. Services […]

Obituary: Robert P. Hardy, Retired East Aurora Police Officer

Robert P. Hardy May 11, 1953 – Jan. 6, 2019. Robert P. Hardy, a retired East Aurora Police Officer, died on Sunday, January 6. He was 65. Mr. Hardy was predeceased by his parents Dr. Lawrence Hardy, MD. and Dorothy (née Nelson) Hardy and sister-in-law Carol Hardy. He is survived by his wife Susan F. (née Niemczyk) Hardy; children Amy […]

Buffalo Fans Always Find a Way Home on Gameday


It’s a sunny, Sunday afternoon. You are at your local bar eating chicken wings and splitting a pitcher of Molson Canadian with a few friends, and you are wearing your lucky flip-flops, because when you wear them it increases the odds of your hometown team winning. Minutes later, you start yelling at the television set because the Buffalo Bills have […]

Chief Hoopsters Tied Atop Division


The Iroquois boys basketball team put together back-to-back wins to end one calendar year and begin another after a two-game homestand. The Chiefs bested Starpoint 62-60 on Dec. 29 and followed that with a convincing 76-53 conference win over Depew on Jan. 4. A big part of that success has come from the development of Nick Bowen, who led the […]

Column: Playbook for Outdoor Fun


It’s a new year and the new outdoor toys beckon to all of us to get out there. American outdoor adventurers and sportsmen have earned a reputation across the country for producing some of the most durable and function-driven outdoor gear on the market today. Modern science has helped the effort and getting youth involved at an earlier age through […]

Putney Registers Additional School Wrestling Records


It’s been difficult to determine which has been attacked greater by Johnny Putney; the East Aurora wrestling record book or the opponents Putney has beaten to finish the 2018 calendar year at 26-0. The Blue Devil senior added his name to the East Aurora wrestling record book three times during a meet in Grand Island on Dec. 29 in three […]

Blue Devil Wrestlers Start New Year with Tournament Matchups


The East Aurora wrestling team was busy ending one calendar year and bringing in the new one. Three East Aurora wrestlers made it to the second day of the prestigious Niagara Frontier Wrestling Officials Association Tournament at Niagara County Community College on Jan. 5. Of the three, only Johnny Putney made it to the finals. Putney dropped a 5-3 decision […]

Swim Team Looks to Reach Milestone in Undefeated Streak


The pool at East Aurora High School is the place to be on Jan. 15 as the East Aurora Bombers boys varsity swim team hopes to reach an amazing milestone – 50 years undefeated in their ECIC division. That works out to somewhere between 300 and 400 divisional meets without a loss, beginning in November of 1969 when longtime coach […]