Auction Site Ordered to Clean Up; Vendors Worry About Future if Business Forced to Close

The ongoing saga between the Town of Wales and Auctions International owner, Russell Scherrer, is again in the spotlight because of the appearance of the property. Fingers are pointing in both directions, and the final outcome could affect the employment status of several small business owners. The town says that the business is violating the terms of the special use […]

Tax Increase Planned in Village Budget

For the first time in about eight years, the tax rate for East Aurora Village residents will see a significant increase. Higher debt payments for capital projects is one factor contributing to the rate change. The village board is still reviewing its budget and will hold a public hearing on the 2019-2020 spending plan at its April 15 meeting at […]

Nature: Back When, Today, Tomorrow

As the great cycle of growth and reproduction are about to occur everywhere in our natural world, there is time to renew and rethink. The continuum between people, animals and the boundaries of life that shape our understanding of the great cosmos that we live in are in renewal. The outdoors is peaceful and all-embracing to the transients that we, […]

Putney Named All-WNY Scholar Athlete

East Aurora senior Johnny Putney became one of only a dozen wrestlers to be named a 2018 to 2019 All-Western New York Scholar Athlete last weekend for student-athletes competing in winter sports. The list of 100-plus has about as many names as there are schools eligible. The list is comprised of student-athletes who have achieved a 90-plus average or better […]

Film Society to Show French Historical Drama


The Roycroft Film Society will be screening the 2010 French historical drama, Of Gods and Men on April 14 at 4 p.m. A discussion will follow the film.   Directed by Xavier Beauvois and starring Lambert Wilson and Michael Lonsdale, the film is based on actual events in 1996 during the Algerian Civil War. The story centers around eight French […]

Organizers Discontinue Elma’s ‘Relay for Life’ in 2019

An annual community event for people who have been affected by cancer in some way has been discontinued. The Relay for Life of Elma, which has taken place every summer since 2003, will not be held this June. Organizers of the event recently sent a letter to all of the people who have participated in the past, encouraging them to […]

Local Therapist Trains Counterparts in Haitian Rehab Efforts

The first thing that East Aurora’s Dr. Sarah Pictor and I had to decide when we met last week (on her birthday, by the way) was which of the many fascinating facets of her life we should talk about first. She and husband Bill (an investments broker and part-time woodworker at Schoolhouse Gallery) are chairs of the annual Roycroft Chamber […]

Obituary: Richard Woodworth, Veteran, World Traveler, Aurora Players Member

Richard Woodworth March 11, 1931-April 2, 2019 Richard Page Woodworth, a longtime resident of East Aurora known as Dick, died unexpectedly April 2. He was 88. Mr. Woodworth was born on March 11, 1931 and lived 83 of his 88 years in East Aurora. He was a 1949 graduate of East Aurora High School and was looking forward to his […]

Obituary: Donald E. Plack, Jr., Navy Veteran, Great Friend

Donald E. Plack, Jr. July 18, 1955 – March 26, 2019 Donald E. Plack, Jr. of Olathe, Kan., formerly of East Aurora, died on Tuesday, March 26. He was 63. Born in Buffalo to Donald E. and Ruby (née Burnett) Plack, the second of three children, Mr. Plack graduated from East Aurora High School in 1973, spent six years in […]

Obituary: Linda Militello, Music Ministry, Member of Aurora Players

Linda Militello Dec. 11, 1942-March 31, 2019 Linda Flanagan Pries Militello of Orchard Park died at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 31, in the Heritage Green Rehab and Skilled Nursing Facility. She was 76. She was born December 11, 1942 in East Aurora, the daughter of the late Robert J. and Dorothy Flanagan Pries. Mrs. Militello was a 1960 graduate […]