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GPS used for route plans in North Collins

NORTH COLLINS — All busses in the North Collins School District are now equipped with GPS devices, and they are expected to help make district runs more... more

Meet Town of Hamburg Police Chief Wickett

HAMBURG — Hamburg Town Police Chief Gregory Wickett was inducted March 23, after serving 27 years on the force. Wickett was born and raised in the town... more

Eden school discusses budget

EDEN — The Eden Central School Board called a special meeting Tuesday, April 7 to present the long-awaited state aid revenue for the 2015/16 budget, and... more

Hamburg recognizes youth award winners

HAMBURG — Nine individuals will be recognized for their dedication to youth development and recreation when the town of Hamburg holds its 27th annual Youth... more

Life Happens: The pergola and I do battle with Mother Nature

HAMBURG — A few years ago, I purchased one of those huge, metal pergolas that are so popular these days. I just wanted a little tranquility and shade on... more

Village of North Collins keeps tax rate flat

Not a single member of the public attended a hearing held on the proposed budget for the village of North Collins on April 7.On the lack of an audience,... more

Dog park coming to the village of Blasdell

BLASDELL — Coming as soon as possibly July 1, the village of Blasdell will give dogs a designated place to play with the addition of a new, fenced-in dog... more

State of Erie County is positive according to Erie County Executive

The following is a guest column from Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.Last month, I delivered my 2015 State of the County address, which provided an... more

Gear for Adventure journeys to larger store

HAMBURG — After occupying Staub Square for more than five years, Gear for Adventure is going on a journey for more retail space, to accommodate an expansion... more

Hamburg High School high honor roll students for second quarter

The following students have been named by Hamburg high School to have received high honors in the second quarter of the 2014-15 school year.Grade 9Brian... more

Frontier board discusses bare bones budget ideas

FRONTIER — Frontier school officials voiced various concerns at a special budget workshop April 20, with the sentiment leading to last-minute position... more

Bike pub passengers to pedal for their pint

HAMBURG — Area residents will be able to drink craft beer in style, while getting a workout, starting May 1, when the Consumers Craft Cruiser becomes available... more

Frontier cutting positions to balance school budget

FRONTIER — The proposed 2015-16 budget for the Frontier School District contains more than a dozen retirements that will not be filled.District officials... more

Roundabout likely at Sowles and South Park intersection

HAMBURG — A public meeting to present design alternatives for the reconstruction of the intersection of South Park Avenue and Sowles Road in Hamburg was... more

Hamburg chamber of commerce board seats looking for candidates

HAMBURG — The Hamburg Chamber of Commerce is seeking additional board members for its new fiscal year that begins in July 2015. The stated goal of the... more

Hundreds of local ladies receive free prom dresses

HAMBURG — The line stretched out the door and down the sidewalk, as more than 50 girls waited for the chance to try on and take home a free prom dress,... more

Hamburg school district releases new budget figures

HAMBURG — A combination of shrewd fiscal planning, re-allocation of some state funding and even a little luck through retirements are said to be responsible... more

Boston board opposes building

BOSTON — The March 20 meeting of the Boston town board addressed the concerns of dozens of Boston residents regarding the proposal to build a group home... more

Lake View to get new fire engine

LAKE VIEW — The Lake View Fire District will soon have a state-of-the-art, new rescue engine costing approximately $700,000. The Lake View Board of Fire... more

Keep common pests out of your garden with these tips and tricks

HAMBURG — I often speak to gardening groups (I recently spoke to the Hamburg House and Garden Club in Hamburg and Scene Garden Club in Springville), and... more

Local districts recap aid results

HAMBURG — Although New York state aid is slated to be increased for the 2015-16 academic year by nearly 10 percent in Hamburg and almost 11 percent in... more

Lake Erie Beach Neighborhood update

LAKE VIEW — The Lake Erie Beach Neighborhood Revitalization Task Force offered a status report on what members have been able to accomplish in the town... more

Blasdell board reorganizes

BLASDELL — It was a bit of the case of out with the old and in with the new at Blasdell’s April 6 re-organization meeting, during which time village officials... more

Public to weigh in on wind turbine changes, April 8

NORTH COLLINS — The North Collins Town Board set April 8, at 7:30 p.m. as the time of a public hearing on proposed changes to the town's wind turbine ordinance.At... more

Boil up some Olla de carne, beef stew Central American-style

Olla de carne. It means “beef pot” in Spanish and it is the signature comfort food of Costa Rica. Essentially, Olla de carne is a hearty stew, not unlike... more

Southtowns Crossfit works out in Blasdell

BLASDELL — Southtowns Crossfit enthusiasts, exercise fans and average people looking to get in shape now have a new spot to do so, thanks to Southtowns... more

Hamburg police force training in mixed martial arts

HAMBURG — Members of the Town of Hamburg Police Department undergo constant training, to keep their skills sharp and current, even decades after graduating... more

Evans institutes prescription drug drop-off box after drug bust

EVANS — The town of Evans has instituted a new prescription drug drop off program on the heels of a major drug bust made by the police department.Evans... more

Eden stays local for water update

EDEN — The town of Eden has selected one of their own, locally owned and operated New Frontier Excavating and Paving, Inc., for a major waterline reconstruction... more

Frontier rallies against New York state’s education cuts

BLASDELL — A large, enthusiastic group of Frontier Central School community members was on hand the afternoon of March 24 outside Blasdell Elementary School... more

Brant Auto Parts’ operations discussed

BRANT — The town of Brant addressed residents’ concerns over the new owners of Brant Auto Parts at the March 10 meeting of the Brant Town Board.Residents... more

Need more room to garden? Try the hellstrip

HAMBURG — If you don’t have enough room in your yard to garden, you might be able to find more space just beyond your yard. Look at the area between the... more

Farnham funds Boys & Girls club of Lake Shore

FARNHAM — The village of Farnham will again support the Boys & Girls Club of Lake Shore with a donation of $100. The annual donation is actually built... more

Blasdell to get relief funds

BLASDELL — Federal and state aid in the form of relief monies stemming from the November storm will soon be coming to the village of Blasdell.Blasdell... more

Evans opposes chargeback rule

EVANS — In an attempt to further save its taxpayers money, the town of Evans has come out in opposition of the Community College Chargeback Policy, which... more
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