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Children don't leave bullying and poor behavior behind at school when summer comes. It follows them to the playground and summer recreation programs. It can be pushing and shoving, even spitting, or not including a peer in the lunch group. Last year, one of the campers in an Orchard Park Recreation day camp made a video criticizing a counselor, and showed it to other…

Local veterans groups and municipalities will host Memorial Day parades, services and other events to pay tribute to fallen veterans throughout the Buffalo Niagara area this weekend. Here's an alphabetical list of public events planned: Akron: The Commemorative Air Force Buffalo Heritage Squadron will hold a Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast and Fly In, from 7:30 am. to…

Bulldogs in the 'Burg begat the bulldog in the circle. A metal bulldog sculpture designed by Hamburg High School art students and produced in partnership with Griffis Sculpture Park and Essex Art Center now stands outside the high school's main doors. The bulldog, which is the school mascot, is dedicated to creative thinkers at the school, said art teacher Michael Ed…

Connors Hot Dogs used to be a stand with a few picnic tables on the sandy gravel. The Evans institution is starting its 74th season with its familiar grilled Wardynski hot dogs, locally grown potatoes and hand-cut pickles, but there's something new, too. There's a 16-foot addition across the front of the building that enlarged the area where orders are taken. Condim…

Hamburg's community playground officially opens following a ribbon cutting ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday. The $500,000 playground, located between Prospect and Highland avenues in the Village of Hamburg, replaces a 25-year-old wooden playground that had come to the end of its natural life. [Photo gallery of building the playground] The new playground includes five sli…

The campaign for a new playground planned by the Boys and Girls Club of Elma, Marilla and Wales got a jump-start from another Southtowns organization. The Butterfly Foundation has pledged $50,000 to the new $175,000 playground. The foundation, a nonprofit organization celebrating the life of Katie Durkin, just completed funding and coordinating the new Butterfly Athleti…

The SPCA Serving Erie County is waiving animal adoption fees for current and past members of the military. The waiver, in honor of the men and women of the armed services for Memorial Day, will take place through May 31. The SPCA will waive the adoption fees for those on active duty, reserves, honorable discharge and service-disabled veterans, or those retired from m…

Two Hamburg town councilmen are in favor of putting a freeze on the proposed $30 million public/private ice rink project. The Buffalo News reported Sunday that the Erie County District Attorney's Office is investigating an allegation of a bribe in connection with the project. The councilmen, speaking to a town council chambers filled with residents Monday night, said…

The Erie County district attorney's office is investigating an allegation of a bribe involving the proposed Hamburg public/private ice rink project. "We are aware; we are investigating," said Joanna Pasceri, public information officer for District Attorney John J. Flynn. The town has proposed partnering with Sportstar Capital of Toronto to develop a $30 million multi…

Hamburg town officials revealed preliminary drawings for a proposed $30 million sports facility on Thursday evening. The reaction from residents was mixed. "Fantastic!" Laura Reynolds said of the proposal for the town to enter into a public-private partnership for a multi-use facility with twin rinks, field house and indoor court space on a section of the old South S…

One of the two women "endorsed" in a racist flyer mailed to residents won election Tuesday to the Lewiston-Porter School Board. Both candidates for School Board vehemently disavowed the flyer, and the school district also condemned the campaign mailer urging voters to "Keep Lew-Port white." All the candidates in the race are white. The winners in that race are incumb…

Matt D. Poole of West Seneca knew exactly what he would do if he was elected to the West Seneca School Board. He said the district needs to see where "every penny is being spent and determine if it is being spent wisely." And he knew one of the most important decisions the new board will make is hiring a new superintendent. He also is opposed to the Common Core and beli…

School budgets gained overwhelming approval throughout New York State Tuesday, as well as in the Buffalo Niagara region. According to the New York State School Boards Association, statewide: 99.4 percent of all budgets passed; one is too close to call. 99.9 percent of budgets staying within the tax cap passed. Three of 13 budgets above the tax cap that needed…

Hamburg town officials will outline the proposed floor plan and layout of a public/private multipurpose sports facility that is proposed for the former South Shore Golf Club at an open house from 5 to 8 p.m. May 18 in the Hamburg Senior Community Center, 4540 Southwestern Blvd. Residents can meet and ask questions of representatives of the developer, Sportstar Capital; …