Obituary: Betty Hensel, Preschool Teacher, Community Volunteer, 

Betty Hensel of Orchard Park, formerly of East Aurora, died peacefully on Wednesday, August 26.

As Rail to Trail Plans Develop, Groups Focus on Maintaining Conservation Club

Land that was once part of a railway line and makes its way through West Falls is seen as a place where a multi-use recreational trail could be developed. Various groups are working to both maintain that area and see how it might fit into a larger section that would connect many communities for cyclists and pedestrians.  How that will […]

Column: Hunters’ hopes are bright for Deer Harvest this Season

While some license-paying sportsmen may not agree, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has been busy these past several years. Early retirement of many in the whitebeard group of DEC biologists and ENCON law enforcement officers (game wardens) has led to new ideas, with an overall expanded thinking direction for wildlife management. Whitetail deer, black bear, fishers, […]

District Highlights Cleaning Efforts Around Buildings for School Year

As teachers and administrators are busy working to bring students back into the classroom in a few weeks, plans are also being made to keep the buildings as clean and as sanitized as possible.

Federal Grants Will Help Providence Farm Collective Continue to Flourish

Even though the harvest season will fast be upon us, things at Providence Farm Collective (PFC) are just beginning to grow. That growth is being made possible by the awarding of two federal grants totaling $329,898 to the non-profit, charitable organization located on Jewett Holmwood Road, just outside the village.  PFC, established in 2019, provides underserved communities and individuals in […]

Marilla Moves Forward with Ag Days

While other towns have been canceling organized events this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, Marilla has decided to try and provide residents with an event that resembles normalcy as much as possible. 

Knowing When it’s Time: Local Doctor Researches Another Side to Humans Dying in New Book

There are a few indicators that let you know when an individual is preparing for a natural death, and they are pretty universal. As the body begins to shut down, eating becomes less of a necessity and it needs less water.  People sleep more frequently and for longer stretches of time.  While they are sleeping, they begin to dream about […]

Reopening at Iroquois to Remain Flexible as Guidelines Change

Iroquois Superintendent Douglas Scofield presented the latest update to the school board at its Aug. 26 meeting. He talked about updated guidelines from New York State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the meetings that have taken place between parents and teachers. 

Not Your Average Bike Shop: Kickstand Culture

Ted Cincotti and Renée Tarrant wanted their bike shop to stand out from among the many shops in the area. With Kickstand Culture Bike Shop at 654 Main St., they have definitely accomplished their goal. Where else can you not only purchase a new bike and get your old one repaired, but find unique, bike-themed items, crafts from local artisans, […]

Letter to the Editor: Now is the Time to Speak Up 

Dear Editor, Last week’s Letter to the Editor contained a surprising perspective on the Black Lives Matter signs popping up around our town. I’d like to offer another viewpoint.  Black Lives Matter was started by three Black women with the mission of “eradicating white supremacy and building local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state […]