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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…

Education

If wishes all came true, West Seneca interim Superintendent Matthew J. Bystrak would have declared a snow day by 7:30 p.m. Monday. At least, that was the wish of the West Seneca West football team, which was recognized at Monday's School Board meeting for winning the state  Class A championship last month. But they returned to school as usual Tuesday. There was snow,…

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Renderings of West Seneca's new library and community center will be on display in Town Hall and in the Senior Center, Supervisor Sheila Meegan said Monday. Residents can see how the center will be "fulfilling many needs," she said. The $13 million building is still on schedule to open May 1, said Town Engineer Steve Tanner. In addition to the library, there will …

Sept. 21, 1951 - Dec. 6, 2017 Michael J. O'Brien of Tonawanda, a principal and assistant superintendent in  Buffalo Public Schools, died Wednesday in Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Niagara Falls. He was 66. The Ithaca native served as principal at Campus West, PFC Grabiarz, and Leonardo DaVinci before being named assistant superintendent. He also worked for St. Mary of…

Hamburg

Outgoing Hamburg Supervisor Steven J. Walters is being considered for the town attorney's post in January. Walters did not seek re-election after serving three terms as supervisor, and there has been speculation for months about his next job. The supervisor, who is an attorney, said he has been focusing on making sure there is a smooth transition in the supervisor's…

Erie County

Smoking and vaping at West Seneca parks, playgrounds and town-owned property is now prohibited. The Town Board approved the local law in a 2-1 vote Nov. 13. Those found guilty of violating the law are subject to up to 15 days in jail and up to a $250 fine. "So when you're coming into town hall, there will be no smoking in front of town hall, or any of our parks," Sup…

Erie County

More than 400 families displaced by hurricanes in Puerto Rico have come to Western New York, and the Western New York Federal Credit Union and the West Seneca Food Pantry are collecting winter clothing for them. The following things are being collected through Dec. 31: New socks and underwear for children ages 5-14. New or gently used hats, gloves, boots, scarve…

Local News

Chuck Lamarca expects the telephone to be busy Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Schaub Equipment, which sells and repairs snowblowers in the winter and lawnmowers in the summer. "We'll get 15 to 20 calls. 'My machine doesn't start. Can you come and get it?' We can, but not today," Lamarca said. It's the same at tire stores. Some people have been vigilant about making…

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Applications for the state Education Department's Summer School of the Arts are being accepted, and auditions will be held around the state starting in January. The program provides more than 400 students the opportunity to study with professionals in the visual and performing arts over four weeks in the summer. The fields include theater, ballet, modern dance, orchestr…

Education

If a student gets a bloody nose, her teacher sends her to the nurse. But what if the student is having a mental health emergency? By the time the next school year begins in September, everyone working in the Hamburg Central School District, from the cook in the cafeteria to the custodian sweeping the floors to the superintendent in the administration building, will k…

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Mahogany Bell was once beaten and left to die before she could escape a life controlled by men who emotionally, physically and sexually abused her. "When people think about human trafficking, they think you are immediately abducted," she said. But she and others in Buffalo are proof that you don't have to be far from home or in a foreign country to become a victim. …

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Depending on whom you ask, Hamburg's outgoing highway superintendent offered his services to or asked for a job from the man who beat him on Election Day. Either way, Highway Superintendent Tom Best Sr. will leave office at the end of the year and Ted Casey will take over Jan. 1. Did Best ask for a job? "I didn't quite do that," Best said. The highway superinte…

Education

Improved math and English language arts scores have resulted in Buffalo's Early Childhood Center School 82 being removed from the list of lowest performing schools in New York State. State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said 27 schools in four districts in New York met the criteria for removal from priority school status based on their progress in 2015-16 and 201…