2022-01-12

Obituary: Rita M. Sonnelitter, Devoted Wife and Mother

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Rita M. Sonnelitter 1930-2021 Rita May Sonnelitter of Lansdale, Pa. died on Friday, December 31, 2021. She was 91. Born in Wesleyville, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Martin P. and Erma L. (nee Smith) Misbrandt. She graduated from West Seneca High School, class of 1948, having been awarded a New York States Regents Diploma, and having been […]

Obituary: Catherine M. “Kay” Weatherbee, Cherished Mother, Loved Travel

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Catherine M. “Kay” Weatherbee Nov. 14, 1935-Jan. 3, 2022 Catherine M. “Kay” Weatherbee, after a brief illness, died peacefully, surrounded by her children, on Monday, January 3. She was 86. Born Catherine M. McCormick on Nov. 14, 1935, she was the daughter and youngest of six children of the late James and Mildred McCormick of North Java. Her family was […]

Letter to the Editor: Thanks for Supporting Scouting in East Aurora

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Dear Editor, We would like to thank the community for their generous support the last few months. In November we held a Bottle and Can drive. The number of bottles and cans donated was overwhelming. We were able to collect several hundred dollars’ worth, which will be directly used to offset the cost of our upcoming Encampment 2022, this June, […]

Letter to the Editor: NY Health Better Option for Seniors

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Dear Editor, If you are a senior like me, on a pension and Medicare, you likely watch your pennies, including your healthcare costs. Over the past few months, the airwaves were filled with ads from both private insurers and their agents, offering their versions of “affordable” healthcare coverage for those on Medicare.  But none of them offers a better plan […]

Letter to the Editor: SRO Positions Are Invaluable In School Buildings

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Dear Editor, As a former employee of Iroquois Central Schools, I saw, time and again, the effectiveness of School Resource Officer Joe DePlato in dealing with students, families and staff. The same can be said of former East Aurora School Resource Officer Joe Ferrara. Both of these officers regularly conversed with, befriended and related to students. As a result of […]

Column: The Book Department: Two Contemporary Novels of Passion and Controversy by Black American Authors

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Despite the controversies surrounding the titles listed above, these are powerful works from gifted, esteemed, award-winning authors and their quality in terms of literary merit cannot be denied. 

Editorial: When There is Snow, Don’t Forget the Hydrants

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With some snow finally falling – for a little while anyway – we’d like to offer our normal reminder and incentive about keeping fire hydrants clear throughout the winter season.  Seeing the snow pile up in towns to our north last week, it was a reminder that it doesn’t take long before roads and sidewalks are buried. While roads normally […]

Elma Councilman Cites His Own Town for Lack of Transparency

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An Elma councilman refrained from voting on the town’s reorganizational agenda last week, citing a lack of preparedness due to improper notice, and called for more transparency in town government.

Column: Driven by Decor: Easy, Seasonal Decor

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January can be my favorite month around the house. After months of having fall decorations up, followed by Christmas, I love those first few days in January where everything comes down and I can see my house again.  Personally, I don’t take all of the Christmas items down though, and this is an annual discussion on Instagram. So many people […]

First Presbyterian Pastor to Step Down in February After Two Decades

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On Feb. 27, Rev. Langdon “Buddy” Hubbard will step down as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of East Aurora after 20-plus years of guiding one of the community’s oldest churches.