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Hamburg

More than 500 children, including some experiencing their first Western New York winter, were helped through this year's Warm the Children campaign. The program, led by the Rotary Club of Hamburg with assistance from Evans Bank and Sears in McKinley Mall, is in its 11th year of helping needy children to get new warm, winter clothing. By mid-December, 524 youngsters f…

Cheektowaga

They started pulling in the driveway of Camillo's Sloan Super Market by 8:30 a.m., a half hour before the store opened, and began lining up outside the door 15 minutes later. Inside, butchers had been working since 6 a.m., and the staff was getting ready for the crush of customers coming for the fresh meat the market is known for. It's the same story at other indepen…

An Olean man convicted of child pornography was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison. Shawn Lebrecht, 35, also will face 10 years of supervised release under the sentence handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. Lebrecht sent an undercover law enforcement officer several images of child pornography after the officer began communicating onl…

A Niagara Falls man was charged with possession of cocaine and a metal knuckle knife after he was stopped for traffic violations, State Police reported. Troopers said they stopped a vehicle driven by Robert Westley, 31, after he made an improper turn and crossed the double yellow line at 10 a.m. Sunday on Highland Avenue in Niagara Falls. Westley was found with appro…

A Buffalo woman was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for biting off a man's ear. Chris Orgovan, 43, got into a verbal argument with a man at about 6:30 p.m. June 11 at a home on Kenmore Avenue in Buffalo.  During the course of the altercation, she bit the victim's right ear, detaching part of it, according to Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn. Bu…

Hamburg

Hamburg Supervisor Steven Walters isn't the only one stepping down from the town's public service. Monday was the supervisor's last regular meeting; a brief year-end meeting is scheduled Dec. 28. Walters said he has worked with 13 different board members, and there have been four governors and three county executives during his 12 years as supervisor. "It's re…

Hamburg

More than 2,200 have signed on with relish in support of painting the Hamburg water tower like a hamburger. Now, the woman behind the initiative got the OK from the Town Board to start raising money for it. "Every time I drive by that water tower on the Thruway, it begs to be painted," Chris Hannotte Luly said of the blue tower on Howard Road near Southwestern Boulevard…

Local News

Orchard Park's highway superintendent wants a committee formed to look into how to improve the maintenance of the town's parks. That's Frederick J. Piasecki Jr.'s reply to a proposal made in September by the Recreation Commission that the Recreation Department take over the operation of parks from the Highway Department. "The present system that we have in place, I t…

The former South Shore Golf Club, a 155-acre parcel at the corner of Southwestern Boulevard and Camp Road in Hamburg where residential, retail and office development is planned, has been sold. South Shore Community LLC bought the property at 5076 Southwestern Blvd. for $4 million. South Shore is working with David Homes, which is planning the new urbanism development, w…

Erie County

Don Vidler thinks the weather will be perfect for the 45th annual Carolcade in front of Vidler's 5 & 10 in East Aurora on Saturday. He also thinks there will be more people this year than last year, when the Carolcade tried to set a Guinness World Record for the largest caroling event outdoors. The unofficial count from last year, when it was cold and rainy, is 2,30…

Buffalo

GObike Buffalo's community workshop on Colvin Avenue recently turned into Santa's workshop, with bicycle mechanics and volunteers transforming donated two-wheelers into gifts worthy to be set under the tree on Christmas morning. "A lot of it is about having an opportunity to do doing something good, to give back to the community," said Adam Ianni, head mechanic at the c…

Local News

Frontier Central School Board members appointed the superintendent of a Central New York school district to head the Frontier district. Richard Hughes of Central Valley School District is expected to join the district in Hamburg by Jan. 29. "We're very excited to have him on board," Board President Janet MacGregor Plarr said. A native of Wyoming County, Hughes is …

Orchard Park Town Board members have selected Jorge S. de Rosas to serve the vacancy in Town Court when Judge Lynn W. Keane resigns to become a state Supreme Court justice. Keane was elected Nov. 7. The Town Board's appointment of de Rosas to town justice will become effective when Keane submits a letter of resignation, when she takes the oath or Jan. 3, accordin…

Weather

Those who have more snow will be given even more. By late Wednesday, another foot of lake-effect snow accumulation is possible in the higher elevations along the Chautauqua Ridge. Southtowns residents could top their snowpiles with an additional 6 inches, the National Weather Service forecasts. Both areas remained under a lake-effect snow warning through 7 p.m. We…