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Karen Robinson is a suburban reporter for The Buffalo News. She covers Lancaster and Depew.


The village of Hamburg is trying to renew interest in home composting by setting up a home composting demonstration site at Glen Meadows Park in the Forest Glen subdivision."We want people to see what you can do with a home composting display," village Trustee Robert E. Brogan said after Monday's village board meeting. "It's not dirty. It doesn't smell. It's a waste not to…

The Hamburg Central School District is haggling over what to do when it learns a paroled sex offender has moved into the district.The controversial issue created dissension Tuesday night among School Board members.The state Division of Parole last August began notifying school superintendents across the state when paroled inmates, convicted of sex offenses involving child…

An estimated 120 Hamburg school district teachers will be eligible this year for a one-time buyout under the first teacher retirement incentive offered by the district.The offer, approved Tuesday night by the school board in a 5 to 1 vote, could generate savings of $160,000 to $600,000.How much money will be saved will depend on which retirement option is selected by empl…

The Village of Hamburg is applying for a federal grant that would help it pay for additional full-time police officers.By a 4-0 vote with Trustee William E. Connelly absent, the board Monday night agreed to seek the federal community-oriented police services grant.Under the program, which applies to municipalities with fewer than 50,000 residents, the federal government w…

Hamburg's elementary school pupils performed well above state numbers on standardized tests for math, reading and writing last year, according to the district's 1993-94 Comprehensive Assessment Report.The annual report, reviewed by the School Board Tuesday night drew little criticism from district officials.Regents examination scores also showed marked improvement in some…

Large hanging flower baskets and expanded gardens may spruce up Hamburg's Village business district beginning next summer."We're just trying to perk up the village," said George Sidford, chairman of the Civic Beautification Committee that is proposing the improvements as part of its five-year plan. "If we plan something like that, it would be quite decorative."The committ…

The Hamburg Central School District plans to spend $101,200 for equipment throughout its schools after receiving a state aid grant."Having been on austerity for three of the four years, this grant will help our efforts in addressing a backlog of unmet needs, Superintendent Donald A. Ogilvie wrote in November 4 letter to State Sen. Dale M. Volker.Much of the money will be …

Eden residents face a 1.3 percent tax increase and the town supervisor will receive a $7,000 pay raise under the town's 1995 budget.By a 3-1 vote Wednesday, the Town Board approved a $2.94 million budget that will raise taxes to $4.81 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, including special district taxes.The spending plan boosts Supervisor Sue Bissonette's salary to $28,000 -…

The Hamburg School District's administration building and Union Pleasant Elementary School need substantial improvements to become accessible to the handicapped and correct violations of the federal American With Disabilities Act.The findings are part of a report released this week by the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association's Buffalo office."I think all the issues ca…

The Hamburg School Board Tuesday night voted to spend $80,000 to replace the floor at the junior high school gym that was damaged last spring when water backed up from the girls' shower room.At first, the district thought it was repairable, but the water had seeped under a large portion of the floor requiring that it be replaced, said Associate Superintendent Edwin J. Os…

Several Eden residents Wednesday night criticized the Town Board for wanting to give the supervisor a $7,000 pay raise.The criticism dominated a two-hour public hearing on the $2.94 million budget proposed by Supervisor Sue L. Bissonette for 1995. The spending plan, which would boost the supervisor's salary to $28,730, would raise taxes by 1.3 percent, to $4.81 per $1,000 …

Some Hamburg residents are fed up with what they say are dangerous conditions caused by oil, and stone chips used to repair village streets and want it stopped.While village officials are sympathetic, they say the process is commonly used to fix streets and also is necessary given budget constraints.Hunt Avenue resident James Rapp asked village officials Monday night to re…

East Aurora expects to learn the details of a long-awaited draft environmental-impact statement for the $12 million proposed Commerce Green Plaza -- possibly as early as this week.National Project Investment Corp., developers of the retail plaza that has long been rumored to include a Wal-Mart store, is expected to submit the document to the Village Board this week or in e…

Blasdell is one step closer to getting a garbage transfer station on Jeffrey Boulevard.By a 3-2 vote with one abstention, the Village Board Wednesday night gave the go-ahead for the controversial 4 1/2 -acre project that supporters insist will be a boon to the community.The transfer station, however, still faces two major hurdles. The state Department of Environmental Cons…

Blasdell may again be shopping for police protection.Just into its third year of police coverage from the Town of Hamburg, village officials are irked by a $17,546 increase in the 1994-95 police services contract."How do you justify a $17,000 increase with the cost of living increase at 3 percent," asked Village Trustee Ronald Sporyz. He vowed that the village would not pa…