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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…

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; …

A section of Southwestern Boulevard in Hamburg has been changed from a four-lane highway to three lanes with a center turning lane. The $100,000 re-striping of the road, also called Route 20, between Lakeview and Amsdell roads is aimed at improving traffic safety by providing a dedicated lane for left turns. State Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, asked the state to …

Hamburg Republicans have endorsed attorney Dennis Gaughan, a Democrat, for town supervisor after incumbent Steven J. Walters said he will not run for a fourth term. Gaughan, a longtime Democrat, ran unsuccessfully against Walters on the Independence Party line in 2009. Also getting the endorsements from the Republican town committee were Blasdell Mayor Michael P…

West Seneca's Christian Metz House is ready to stand in as a meeting site for three organizations that previously used the Charles E. Burchfield Nature & Art Center. Each organization, the Friends of the Burchfield Center, the West Seneca Historical Society and West Seneca Environmental Commission, will get one key to the building, Town Supervisor Sheila Meegan sa…

John McFall Jr., a Charlotte Avenue Elementary School teacher and Hamburg High School boys varsity hockey coach, has gone above and beyond his job description in giving directly to Hamburg youth, according to the Town of Hamburg Youth Bureau. That is why he has been named the winner of the Michael J. Dundon Service to Youth Award. The award, given to the person who b…

They didn't have cellphones or radios, so how did Civil War officers communicate with their soldiers? Battlefield communications, as well as the daily life of soldiers and civilians, will be demonstrated during Civil War Living History Day from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 19 at the Fairgrounds in Hamburg. There also will be infantry and artillery drills, demonstrations of …

The Town of Hamburg has identified a site for its proposed ice rink and recreation center – part of the former South Shore Country Club, at the corner of Southwestern Boulevard and Camp Road. And, after having little public discussion on the public/private multi-sport center in more than a year, the Town Board scheduled a public meeting to air the plans. It will take …

Gibraltar Industries executives expected a tough first quarter. That's exactly what they got. The Hamburg-based building products manufacturer's profits slid by 56 percent, while its sales slid by 13 percent, largely because of Gibraltar's sale of its U.S. bar grating business and European industrial and solar racking units. Its renewable energy and conservation busines…

The Town of Hamburg's Democratic Committee has endorsed attorney Jim Shaw as its candidate for town supervisor. Shaw heads up the endorsed ticket that includes Ted Casey for highway superintendent, Cheryl Potter-Juda, Laura Hackathorn and Matt Kibler for Town Board and Town Justice Gerald Gorman for re-election. Shaw, who runs a law practice with his brother, is part…

After 62 years, the Thruway's bridge at Exit 57 over Camp Road is coming down. In its place will be a T-intersection from the Thruway entrance with Camp Road, which also is Route 75. "This bridge came up for a decision as part of the capital program," said Jennifer Givner, director of communications for the Thruway Authority. Givner said the review of the bridge l…

Evans Bancorp wasn't part of KeyCorp's deal for First Niagara Financial Group last year, but it still reaped the benefits, Evans president and CEO David J. Nasca said. Twenty percent of Evans' new business in loans and deposits resulted from market disruption sparked by the Key-First Niagara deal, Nasca said. Overall, Evans generated record-high profits of $8.3 million …

There's nothing like a good draft. Except maybe two. Or 34. In advance of the NFL Draft Thursday night, 34 craft breweries – half from southern Ontario, half from Western New York – joined forces in Niagara Falls on Wednesday to begin the process of making 34 collaborative beers for the first CanAm Craft Beer Festival next year. The Buffalo Niagara Brewers …