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The Rotary Club of Hamburg has begun collecting monetary donations to provide needy youths with new warm winter clothing as part of this year's Warm the Children initiative. Schools, churches and human service agencies identify families in need of assistance from Hamburg, Angola, Blasdell, Brant, Derby, Eden, Evans, Lake View and North Collins. Those parents will shop a…

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Two-thirds of the students in the Buffalo Public Schools are either black or Latino, while 87 percent of their teachers are white. Four out of 10 students in Niagara Falls are black or Latino, while 93 percent of their teachers are white. And at Cleveland Hill, 37 percent of students are black or Latino, while there is one African-American teacher. In fact, a th…

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Karen Lee Lewis, a poet, photographer, teaching artist and teacher consultant for the Western New York Writing Project, will be the guest artist at the Poetry Club at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 in the Hamburg Public Library. She teaches creative writing workshops for children and adults throughout Western New York. She has been involved in arts education for more than …

Establishing a booster organization to support the visual arts in Orchard Park will be discussed at a general information meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16 in the Orchard Park Middle School cafeteria. The focus of the Orchard Park Visual Arts Boosters would be to support art events and creative opportunities for Orchard Park students and the community, according to the…

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Candidates for Hamburg town supervisor faced each other at a Hamburg Chamber of Commerce forum Thursday at Woodlawn Beach State Park. Both James Shaw, the endorsed Democrat, and Dennis Gaughan, a Democrat endorsed by the Republican Party, said taxes have gone up in recent years in the town. Shaw, 71, said he wants to save money and increase revenues, offer retiremen…

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Sloan School District says a mistake made 10 years ago on the reimbursement for a capital project led the district to set aside some state aid to pay off the debt. Auditors with the state comptroller's office said the district's action was improper, and resulted in too much money in its fund balance. The district's response to the audit of the period of July 1, 2015 …

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Spending in the Town of Orchard Park would go up more than $1 million under the tentative 2018 budget, due mainly to the rising cost of employee benefits, staff additions and debt. There also would be a slight increase in taxes. The total amount to be raised by taxes in all funds would increase $248,620 or 1.7 percent. Residents living outside the village would pay $…

The owner of the average home in Hamburg would pay less than $14 more in taxes next year, under a tentative budget filed by Supervisor Steven Walters. The combined general and highway fund tax rate would go up 15 cents to $10.57 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for residents living outside the villages of Hamburg and Blasdell. Village residents would also have a 15-cent…

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This year's fundraiser for the Chestnut Ridge Conservancy will be Oct. 13 in the park casino with an Octoberfest theme. The move from the Orchard Park Country Club to the park was decided as a way to showcase the fall foliage, Chestnut Ridge Conservancy President Justine LeFauve said.  Special lighting will be used to outline the trees and casino. During the evening…

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The Town of Hamburg is looking for lifeguards to staff its indoor fall and winter pool programs. Weekday evening and weekend afternoon shifts are available for American Red Cross certified lifeguards. Applications are available at the Department of Youth, Recreation and Senior Services office in the Senior Community Center, 4540 Southwestern Blvd., or applicants can …

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Cradle Beach is not just a summer camp anymore. The 60-acre camp on the shores of Lake Erie in Evans is planning a new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Education Center that will provide hands-on learning year-round for school groups and youth agencies. The project got a major boost Thursday with the award of a $500,000 state grant, announced Sen. Chr…

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West Seneca Central School students are raising money to furnish the new West Seneca Library in the new community center. Each school has a water jug with the slogan, "It takes CENTS to help the library grow!' The school that collects the most money by spring will win a grand prize: a private tour of the new library before it opens to the public. The library will …

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Buffalo's opioid court is the subject of another national story, this time on NPR. "Federal, county and city court officials are looking hard at Buffalo, N.Y.'s new opioid crisis intervention court as one potential model solution to the epidemic of heroin and opioid overdoses that continue to devastate families and communities across America, taxing local governments, f…

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The hand written message from Elbert Hubbard is sparse and to the point: "Mother Hubbard, 9:30 a.m., Love to you all, EH." Sent on a postcard from New York City May 1, 1915, it was the last known correspondence from the founder of the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora. He then boarded the Lusitania, which was sunk by a German U-boat seven days later off the coast of Irelan…

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Orchard Park, believed to be the first National Football League community to pass a local law restricting drones, should rescind its law, according to one Town Board member. Councilman Michael Sherry plans to start the legal process at Wednesday's board meeting to do away with the law that was enacted in 2015. That should be good news to Joseph M. Danno of Rochester…