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They might be chanting "Lock them up" Sunday in Hamburg when the Hamburg Historical Society unveils its newly restored "village lock-up." The small village lock-up was located on Center Street in the Village of Hamburg from 1895 to 1915. Society members restored the wood building and three jail cells to match descriptions in society records. And to help pay for the i…

Call it a collision of politics and good old Western New York can-do attitude. The cleanup after the tornado that struck the Erie County Fairgrounds was well under way Thursday afternoon when an aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo asked that the cleanup be delayed – until after the governor arrived, fair CEO Dennis Lang said. "I said, 'You're kidding, right?'"Lang said he…

Two dozen members of the Army and Air Force National Guard joined more than 100 Erie County highway and park personnel Friday cleaning up tornado and storm-related damage to Hamburg and surrounding areas. The cost of damage and cleanup efforts is expected to reach into the millions. Twin twisters ripped trees out of the ground and damaged homes and roofs in the Sout…

A possible tornado ripped through Southern Erie County today, ripping off roofs, snapping trees and blowing out windows of cars. Over 6,000 people had no power as of 6 p.m., according to National Grid and NYSEG. [See photos of the storm damage] Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz issued a "no unnecessary travel advisory" for southern Erie County, particularly …

Seniors citizens who use Hamburg's therapeutic pool want to show Town Board members that the pool is popular, but too small for the aqua strength and aerobics classes held there. "We have all kinds of people who want to use this place," Teresa Ferraro said. "We're kicking each other and almost playing bumper cars." Ferraro and others will bring charts to Monday's Tow…

The keg will be tapped on this year's Erie County Fair craft beer during a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20 at Flying Bison Brewery, an event the fair is calling a kickoff to the fair season. The event will feature this year's winning brew, a Baltic porter developed by Sean Wall of Hamburg, as well as an American Pale Ale based on a recipe that won the fair's hom…

West Seneca will be starting its search for a new school superintendent — again. But finding a superintendent is something most members said they want to discuss, and the school board has been split on some major issues. Superintendent Mark Crawford announced in November 2016 that he was retiring, and he left the district April 28. The board hired a search consulta…

Amherst has them, and Lancaster and Cheektowaga, too. Now West Seneca Town Board members think state expressways near streets in their town should have sound barriers as well. The board is making a formal request to the state to erect barriers where the Aurora Expressway (Route 400) and the Thruway come close to neighborhoods. The town is looking for barriers along t…

A state Supreme Court justice has temporarily ordered Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo not to veto a bill that would keep the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center in West Seneca. Judge Catherine Nugent Panepinto also ordered the state to temporarily stop construction and related activities on the planned move of the Children's Psychiatric Center to the grounds of the Buff…

Frontier Central School Board members will talk about finding an interim superintendent during a special meeting Tuesday. "The interim is more important right now than the search, because we need to know somebody is steering the ship come Sept. 1," Board President Janet MacGregor Plarr said. Frontier Superintendent Bret Apthorpe is leaving to head Jamestown Public Sc…

Aug. 29, 1924 - July 11, 2017 Henry Ph. Heubusch never bragged about being a rocket scientist, and was almost nonchalant when he and his family watched the 1969 Apollo 11 moon mission on television, and its safe return to earth using the propellants he had helped to create. But years earlier, when he was 10 years old, he wanted to stand out. That's when he started ad…

Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man who held up a Grand Island gas station at gun point Friday night. The man entered the Mobile station at 1837 Love Road about 10:13 p.m. displaying a black hand gun and demanding cash. He took an undetermined amount of cash from the clerk and fled on foot toward Sou…

No one was injured when a train struck a car in the Chautauqua County Town of Pomfret on Saturday afternoon, according to authorities. The driver of the vehicle, Kayla Boedner of Fredonia, allegedly moved around a road-closed barrier and tried to cross the CSX Railroad tracks on Berry Road when her vehicle became stuck, according to Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies.…

The Erie 1 BOCES Board has extended the contract of Superintendent Lynn M. Fusco for two more years. Her contract, which was to expire in 2018, was extended to 2020. Board President John Sherman attributed the unanimous vote last week on the measure to Fusco's work. “We’ve seen an increase in activity with component school districts and other organizations…

Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies pursued a speeding motorcyclist into Pennsylvania, where he crashed on a curve Saturday morning, authorities said. Roy Rebel Yokom of Northeast, Pa., was not hurt in the crash, according to authorities. The Sheriff's Department reported that a deputy tried to stop Yokom for traveling 80 mph in a 40 mph zone on Route 20 in Ripley. …