Hochul reinstates state-wide mask mandate

Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in Western New York and throughout the state, Gov. Kathy Hochul has reinstated a mask mandate for the entire state that goes into effect on Monday, Dec. 13. The state will reevaluate on Saturday, Jan. 15. Masks will be required to be worn by both patrons and staff in all indoor public places […]

2021-12-08 E-Edition

Steve Pigeon indicted on child sexual assault

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced that former Erie County Democratic chairman Gerald Steven Pigeon, 61, also known as Steve Pigeon, was arraigned Dec. 2, before State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns on an indictment charging him for allegedly engaging in sexual intercourse and sexual conduct with a child who was less than 11 years old on […]


INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR – Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary held an International Bazaar on Dec. 5. Global Village owner Louise Sano, one of the vendors and an immigrant from Rwanda, shows African artisan crafts to Maria Suchyna and her daughter, Elizabeth.

Hunter found with hypothermia after going missing in Clarence

A hunter who went missing in Clarence on Wednesday, Dec. 1, was located later that day suffering from hypothermia and other undisclosed injuries. Deputies had responded to Northfield Road in the Town of Clarence at 10:20 a.m. on Dec. 1 for a report of a missing hunter, announced Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard. Deputies located the missing man at […]

As pandemic continues, hospitals remain a top priority

Another 832 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Erie County on Nov. 29, with 11.99% of tests coming back positive, and a total of 4,349 had been confirmed over the previous seven days. Though the 30 to 39 age range had the highest number of cases, children were also a significant number of the cases. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz […]

ECDOH pilots test-to-stay program in Grand Island Central Schools

The Erie County Department of Health has developed documentation – including protocols, consent forms and communication materials – to move towards implementing the Test to Stay approach for K-12 students, launching a pilot program that began on Dec. 6 at Grand Island Central School District. Grand Island CSD was identified as a candidate for the pilot through consultation between ECDOH […]

#KeyBankAssists launched on Giving Tuesday

KeyBank has launched its #KeyBankAssists program to support small businesses, non-profits and families in Buffalo and in several communities the bank serves. Starting on Giving Tuesday, KeyBank has teamed up with Chef Darian Bryan from The Plating Society to support local restaurants and surprise patrons at several local restaurants with gift cards, as well as with gift cards giveaways on […]

Clarence triplet joins Orchard Park audiology practice

Dr. Jenna Hendler, a Clarence resident, has joined Hearing Evaluation Services of Orchard Park as an audiologist. A Clarence High School 2014 graduate, Hendler was well known for being a triplet with her brothers, Ryan and Tyler Ostolski. She later graduated from the University at Buffalo and is a certified Lyric provider. Earlier this year, she completed her audiology residency […]

News Brief

Wreaths Across America Radio will air a round table discussion at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, about veteran healing through sharing stories of resilience, purpose and success. The program will focus on emotional support for veterans and families after a death in the military, risk factors for complicated grief and how to turn challenges into purpose. The Wreaths Across America […]