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North Collins school board passes tax exemption

NORTH COLLINS — The North Collins School Board unanimously approved the maximum allowable property assessment exemptions for war-time veterans at its Oct.... more

Legislature reviews budget, library audit

The following is a guest column from Erie County Legislator John Mills. There is a lot that has been happening in the Erie County Legislature that you... more

Village-wide Wi-Fi presented to Hamburg village board

HAMBURG — The Hamburg village has made a lot of improvements in its shared spaces and parks, in recent years, which allows for its residents, people of... more

Hamburg culinary students compete to show off cooking chops

HAMBURG — Being a team player was an important focus for culinary students from Erie 1 Boards of Cooperative Educational Services during the Aspiring Nickel... more

First Southtowns Art Trail winds through WNY

HAMBURG — There is no shortage of art in the Southtowns, and Saturday, Nov. 15, residents will get a chance to explore it during the Southtowns Art Trail.... more

Milkable Mabel returns from her surgical hiatus

HAMBURG — After her meteoric rise to fame at the Erie County Fair this year, the educational milking robot, Mabel, required some minor repairs and retooling.... more

Southtowns Audio Video celebrates anniversary

HAMBURG — This year, Southtowns Audio Video of Hamburg is celebrating 30 years of business. Founder Tom Laski started the company back in 1984. For his... more

Local firefighters are in a class of their own

HAMBURG — As a division of the Department of Homeland Security, the New York State Firefighter Instructors play an important role in assuring that firefighters... more

The Woods at Grey Cliff to be located within the Evans township

EVANS — The Woods at Grey Cliff, a new housing subdivision in the town of Evans, has been given final plat approval.The new development is located on approximately... more

Hamburg village talks bike trails

HAMBURG — On Nov. 3, the Hamburg Village Board convened in the village hall for a work session at 5:30 p.m., followed by a board meeting at 7 p.m.After... more

Staub Square has a little bit of everything

HAMBURG — Sometimes I wonder about improbable things. How high is the sky? How deep is the ocean? I don’t know the answer to those questions, but what... more

Frank’s Flatbed Service of Hamburg is family affair

HAMBURG — Frank’s Flatbed Service won the AAA Service Provider of Excellence Award in June of 2014. Companies in Western and Central New York were in the... more

Sparks offers place for teens to find community, sense of place

HAMBURG — Preteen and teen Hamburg area residents may think their after-school and weekend activity options are limited, especially for those without drivers... more

Hamburg school board pares potentials to eight

HAMBURG — Revisiting the subject of board vacancies, the Hamburg School Board narrowed the board member candidate list during a special meeting, Nov. 5.... more

Boston receives letter on plowing

BOSTON — “As everyone knows, we canceled the contract with Erie County for snow plowing on [county] roads in the town of Boston,” said Town Supervisor... more

Blasdell mayor seeks re-election

BLAZED — Come March, Blasdell Mayor Michael Petrie is seeking re-election to a second, four-year term in office. This was announced at the village board’s... more

Hamburg village Main Street registered as historic district

HAMBURG — The Hamburg village, alongside the Historic Preservation Commission, has made a leap in the direction of economic development by designating... more

Farnham will not receive grant

FARNHAM — The village of Farnham has been deemed ineligible for funding through the Community Development Block Grant. As a result, the village only submitted... more

Eden water project grows

EDEN — The town of Eden’s proposed Green Street and Depot Street Water System Improvement Project has grown in scale, and now includes waterline improvements... more

Academic intervention program gains traction in Lake Shore

LAKE SHORE — In line with Operation Recognition, the Lake Shore Board of Education honored Vietnam veteran Gregory Lepsch with a high school diploma at... more

Charlotte Avenue Elementary named school of excellence

HAMBURG — Charlotte Avenue Elementary School has been chosen as one of 10 top-performing schools in New York state, in regard to building effective family-school... more

Brant looks to improve senior building

BRANT — The town of Brant is eyeing improvements to its senior community building and is hoping to do so through the use of Community Development Block... more

Village suggests emergency dispatch be town-wide service

NORTH COLLINS — At its October 7 meeting, the North Collins Village Board approved a resolution asking the Town of North Collins to consider making emergency... more

Hamburg girls hockey team to see ice time

HAMBURG — A wait that has lasted more than three years to allow girls hockey in the Hamburg School District appears to be over. At its Oct. 21 meeting,... more

Christmas in the Country launches return passes

HAMBURG — A Western New York tradition, the Christmas in the Country Holiday Artisan Market will celebrate its 30th season when it returns to the Hamburg... more

Lockwoods marks 100 years locally

HAMBURG — The Lockwood family homestead has been on Clark Street in Hamburg for 100 years, and Harry Lockwood, owner of Lockwood’s Greenhouses, has lived... more

Isis Fitness rebrands to Buffalo MultiFit

HAMBURG — ISIS is an acronym that has been made known in news outlets across the world, but for Carrie Lawson, her employees and her clients, Isis is the... more

Life Happens: Enjoy Halloween while it lasts

HAMBURG — The other day, I was shopping, and wandered into the store’s garden department. A wonderland of artificial pine trees, ornaments and other holiday... more

Mock crash a somber day at Immaculata Academy

HAMBURG — Immaculata Academy held its biannual Mock Accident on Oct. 23, sponsored by Students Against Destructive Decisions and facilitated by Big Tree... more

Local living fair returns to Hamburg Giving Garden

HAMBURG — Seeds Of Living Education hosted a local living fair Oct. 16 at its giving garden location, across from Union Pleasant Elementary School. This... more

Penn Dixie hosts fundraiser

HAMBURG — The Hamburg Natural History Society/Penn Dixie 19th Annual Fundraiser will be on Thursday, Nov. 6, 6-9 p.m. at La Galleria Restaurant, located... more

Local actors bring Halloween to life at Final Fear

HAMBURG — Creating a successful haunted house is more than hanging cobwebs and turning the lights off; it’s more of a live theater performance with audience... more

Two Frontier schools ‘Rewarded’ by state

A pair of elementary schools in the Frontier School District have earned designations from the state of New York.The announcement of Blasdell and Pinehurst... more

Kathleen Mary House takes Steps to New Beginnings

HAMBURG — The Kathleen Mary House “Steps to New Beginnings” Fashion Show sold out almost a month in advance this year, as the last tickets were snapped... more

New corpse flower leafs out just in time for Halloween weekend

BUFFALO — Morty, the corpse flower that bloomed in August at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, has a sibling now on display. It is the same... more
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