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Letters to the Editor for the Hamburg area for the week of Sept. 27, 2012

O’Brien’s, closing Hamburg location, offer thanks

Editor, The Sun

It was with heavy hearts that we announced the closing of O’Brien’s Farm Fresh Meats & Smokehouse effective Wednesday, Sept. 26. It goes without saying that this was a very difficult decision to make as we have greatly enjoyed our time in the village and have not only established a successful business, but great friendships with our customers and their families, our employees, and our fellow business owners in the village.

We had deliberated over this decision as a family for weeks and finally had to admit we were simply trying to do too many things. As many of you know we have O’Brien’s Pub in Eden and also have a commodity trading and dairy feed manufacturing business that we have operated for the past 20 years. Allie, who has a degree in Dairy Nutrition from Cornell, has decided to join forces with Pat to help run this business. This would leave only Yvette to run both the Eden and Hamburg locations and there are barely enough hours in a day to run one, much less two.

Although we are closing the Smokehouse in Hamburg we are excited to announce that we are consolidating the best of our resources at O’Brien’s Pub & Steakhouse in Eden and expect to continue to offer our superior quality homemade and smoked products and hope to find it more efficient doing so under one roof.

After Wednesday, all gift cards that were purchased at the Smokehouse will be honored at the Pub for lunch, dinner and take-out. You’ll still be able to get our famous Friday night fish fry and we’ll be able to cater all your party needs, too.

We cannot thank you, our loyal customers, friends and family enough for your patronage and support over the past two years. We will keep you up to date on our progress via the newsletter and social media updates. We hope to see you at the Pub.

The O’Briens

Applications for Hometown Heroes Banners

Editor, The Sun

We are seeking eligible applicants again for Hamburg Hometown Heroes Banner Project. Our first year was a great success and loved by so many.

Our next set of banners will be hung in April 2013 for one year, along Buffalo Street in the village. Last year we honored 32 local heroes. We will again honor our Local Hamburg Hometown Heroes on the banners , who have been in an active war zone, since Sept. 11, 2001, honoring all branches of military in our town. Our first year was a great success and we would like to maybe add another 10 banners along Main Street with continued eligible applicants, and continued donations. Each banner cost $125 to make. After one year, the banners are taken down and given to their family as a keepsake. Serving their country is a great sacrifice for the soldier and their family and honoring them is a great tribute for the sacrifice they are all making for our freedom.

Applications are in village and town halls. If chosen and eligible, a photo in uniform is needed. If you have time take a nice walk up and down Buffalo Street to really appreciate them and honor them for serving our wonderful country, USA.

For more information call 863-5880 or email

Applications or donations can be made out to Hamburg Hometown Heroes Banner project, account though M&T Bank. Mail it to 213 East Prospect Ave, Hamburg, N.Y. 14075

Sue Jantzi


Shredding day brought overwhelming response

Editor, The Sun

This past Saturday, I helped host a community shredding event at Hamburg High School and there was an overwhelming response. Unfortunately, due to the volume of documents dropped off, the shredding truck reached capacity within the first hour of the event. We clearly identified a need within the community and we are working to respond to the demand for shredding services.

I want to thank the Hamburg PTSA, Document Destruction of WNY and the volunteers who worked diligently to process the large number of materials collected during the shredding event. I also want to thank those who attended for their patience and understanding.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my office at 858-8671 or email

Lynne Dixon

Erie County Legislator

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