Column: Inland Trout Fishing Season will Open April 1

More than 20,000 trout in numerous Erie County waterways have been (or will be) stocked for the traditional New York State April Fool’s Day inland trout opener set for April 1. More than 50 streams and waterways around western New York will hold stocked fish and wild fish (natural spawning), with several streams right here in East Aurora, Elma and […]

Obituary: Jay G. Underhill, Active Member of East Aurora Fire Department

Jay G. Underhill May 6, 1943 – Feb. 27, 2019 Jay G. Underhill of East Aurora died Wednesday, February 27. He was 75. Mr. Underhill was born on May 6, 1943, the son of the late Earl and Estelle Underhill. On March 20, 1965 he married the former Sonja Halverson. Mr. Underhill was predeceased by his wife Sonja and brother […]

Obituary: Melissa M. Batt, Devoted Mother, Soccer Coach

Melissa M. Batt of East Aurora died on Sunday, March 24. Mrs. Batt grew up on Walnut Street with her parents Edward and Edith Koch. She married the love of her life Thomas Batt. Together they raised their three children Michael Batt, Jason (Kaitlyn Wojdyla) Batt and Elizabeth (Majid Essi) Batt. In addition to her husband and children, Mrs. Batt […]

Marilla Adjusts to Changes in Recycling

Recycling is not as valuable as it used to be, and Marilla is making adjustments as necessary to still offer the service for town residents. At a recent town board meeting, Highway Superintendent Ronald Unverdorben said that the town will now have to pay $30 per ton to recycle with Buffalo Recycling Enterprises in Buffalo. For the last few years, […]

Sparking a Community Conversation about Cannabis

Some local communities are preparing for the potential legalization of cannabis while others have yet to start the conversation.

Historian’s Corner: NY’s Unique Historian Law Marks 100 Years on April 11   


April 2019 marks 100 years from when New York State mandated that villages and towns have a town historian. Read more in Historian Robert Goller’s latest column.

Board Gives Clarification to Business Permit Application

During the March 20 Elma Town Board meeting, the board was asked to clarify its thoughts for a recent business use permit and whether the business fit within the intended zoning space. The business is for Poket’s Pits and owner Matt Martin. Currently located on Bowen Road, his business constructs custom smokers, signs and other items through metal fabrication. He […]

Letter to the Editor: Why Is Easter not on March 24 This Year?

Dear Editor, I am writing this on the evening of Wednesday, March 20. Spring arrived almost two hours ago, and the moon will be officially full in another two hours. So why isn’t Easter Sunday four days from now? Almost seven years ago, I submitted an article to the East Aurora Advertiser about the year 1752, and how it was […]

Letter to the Editor: New Academic Center at School Offers Hope for Students

Dear Editor, I was reviewing the East Aurora Board of Education policy on Special Education today and felt the need to recognize a new option being offered at the high school. It is the new ARC (Academic Resource Center), which will be both available during the day and after school to address student improvement and progress. ARC will be manned […]

Letter to the Editor: A Request for Leaf Pickup Around the Village

Dear Editor, We had a very difficult late fall weatherwise. It seemed that it was always either cold or wet. Consequently, most of us were not able to complete out yard work – especially with respect to clearing out all the late fall leaves. The village DPW did their best, but there is still a lot of work to do. […]