Obituary: William C. Petrie, Volunteer Firefighter, Carriage Driver

William C. Petrie 1936-2019 William C. Petrie of West Falls died on Saturday, June 15. He was 83. Mr. Petrie was a lifetime member of the West Falls Volunteer Fire Company. Working at Arcata Graphs and JW Clement Printing during his career, he retired from Quebecor Printing. His passion was his horse “Dooley,” who he trained from a colt to […]

Obituary: Roderick Davis Newman, True Patriot, Veteran

Roderick Davis Newman Aug. 26, 1936- June 12, 2019 Roderick Davis Newman of Lutz, Fla. died on Wednesday, June 12. He was 82. Mr. Newman was born in Buffalo and moved to Lutz in 2003. Before retiring to Florida, he was a longtime resident of East Aurora and West Falls.  He served in the United States Army in the 1960s. […]

Town Eyes Potential $2.2 Million Bridge Replacement Plans

With the court case complete over who has to maintain the bridges in the village, the Aurora Town Board is now developing a multi-year plan to repair and replace the eight spans.  The next three years should see replacement work for North Grove Street and Whaley Avenue bridges, with the Church Street bridge having significant repair work completed. The Aurora […]

Iroquois Baseball Senior Goes Out on Top as Rare Four-Year Starter

Iroquois senior Calvin Gawlik is more than likely putting away his baseball glove for good. Over a four-year high school varsity baseball career, Gawlik has accomplished what very few can boast about. Those accolades include a starting infield position for four years, three all-star nods and a pair of sectional championships. This past season was a banner one for Gawlik, […]

Column: King Salmon Fishing with the Best of the Best 

After the calls and texts about high Lake Erie water last week, I thought I might mention that despite the high water for Lake Ontario, we fished it without any issues. Working out of Hughes Marina in Williamson (NY) with part of our fun group aboard Dandy Eyes Charters and the other half aboard Miss Demeanor Charters, we readied for […]

Reduced School Meals will Become Free for 2019-20

Students who ordinarily qualify to pay the reduced price on lunch and breakfast while at school will be able to eat their meal for free during the next school year because New York State’s 2019-20 budget includes $2.3 million to cover the expense of reduced breakfasts and lunches for students.  The state is asking districts to still tally these students […]

Marilla Resident Crowned Dairy Royalty in Erie County

In celebration of June Dairy Month, a new Erie County Dairy princess was crowned for the 2019-2020 year.  This year’s winner is Brooke Gerhardt, the daughter of Dan and Carrie Gerhardt of G-C Acres Dairy Farm in Marilla. She is graduating from Iroquois High this June and plans to attend college for business management to run an agricultural camp for […]

Marilla Receives Sound Financial Audit

An independent accounting firm recently reviewed all of the Town of Marilla’s financial statements from 2018. Overall, the town received a clean audit without discrepancies, but the firm repeated a few suggestions that it has made after past audits. “We audited records coming out of Quickbook software. We are commenting this year and we have in the past that that […]

Aurora Library Classes Planned for July


Classes and events for July at the Aurora Town Public Library have been released. Most require prior registration, which can be done by calling 652-4440 or visiting the library at 550 Main St.  -Family Story Time for children from birth – 3 ½ years (with a caregiver) will be held on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. beginning July 8 and will […]

Kiwanis Honored for Environmental Changes to Barbecue

The Kiwanis Club of East Aurora was presented with a certificate of appreciation for adopting a positive change during its annual chicken barbecue this year.  The group eliminated the use of its Styrofoam containers, plastic silverware and plastic bags at the 64th annual event, which took place on June 5. It did so after working alongside the environmentally focused group […]