News Series: Pandemic’s Effects Causes Additional Worries Within Farming Community


There are over 1,500 farms between Erie and Wyoming County, and each one is feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Elma Farm Continues to Adjust Business in Changing Times

As more people turn their focus away from commercial grocery stores and turn their interest back into their local communities and farmers as an alternative to having to go into the grocery store, farmers and growers are seeing a renewed interest from consumers about where their food is coming from. 

Increase in Aurora Covid-19 Cases Attributed to Nursing Home

A representative of Absolut Care of Aurora Park has told the Aurora Town Board that there are 87 “active cases” of patients who are positive following tests that took place at the end of April.

Food Chain Disruptions: Industry Shutdowns Have Created Challenges in Getting Food to Consumers

Behind the scenes, the very people producing the food are struggling.

Farms Looking at Alternative Options to Reach Customers

With Covid-19 ramifications, farmers are exploring other ways to reach out to the consumer by direct measures.

Helping Farmers: Erie County Website Aims to Support Local Farms

The initiative is called Erie Grown and it is a website that seeks to connect farmers with residents in order to highlight where people can purchase locally made products. 

COVID-19 Pandemic Threatens Local Dairy Industry

Milk is the largest agricultural commodity for New York State farmers, and Western New York is home to thousands of dairy farms, both large and small.  But even with these statistics, the industry is frail and some farms are hanging on by a thread.

Obituary: Betsy James Wyeth is Remembered for Artistic Contributions and Museum Creation

Born in East Aurora, New York, on Sept. 26, 1921, Betsy Merle James was the daughter of the late Merle James and Elizabeth Browning James.

Obituary: Cheryl Schrader, Retired Teacher 

Cheryl (nee Norris) Schrader of Glenwood, died on April 30 at her home with family and friends by her side.

Obituary: John E. Rickettson, Veteran of WWII, Family Pillar

John E. Rickettson of Holland died on Wednesday, May 6.  He was 93.