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Hamburgh Holidays kicks off with the annual Santa Claus parade at 11 a.m. Nov. 25 down Main and Buffalo streets in Hamburg and culminating with Rock the Roundabout New Year's Eve. Hamburgh Holidays is a series of holiday-themed events and the name of the volunteer community organization that oversees the events. A free children's holiday matinee will be played at 11 …

Hamburg will be able to pave 10 lane miles of roads next year under the $47.53 million budget approved by the Town Board. The tax levy is up 3.1 percent, and the general and highway fund tax rates are slightly higher than under Supervisor Steven Walters' tentative budget because the board added about $200,000 in spending on roads and highway equipment. Walters voted…

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Frontier Central School Board members are interviewing candidates for superintendent and hope to have someone on board early next year. The board started the search process in August with the appointment of Lynn Fusco,  Erie 1 BOCES superintendent,  to lead the search. The district received 19 completed packets from candidates, and the board went through them to de…

Education

It's not too early for high school students and non-professional young adults to think about entering the mechanics competition at the Western New York Farm Show in February. The event challenges youth to complete a course made up of various tasks that could include bolt identification, hydraulics, machining, automobile inspection, welding, torque, tractor part identifi…

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A hostile crowd didn't give an inch to West Seneca Supervisor Sheila Meegan and town councilmen during a meeting Monday night when the board approved an 8.6 percent property tax increase for 2018. It didn't matter that the tax hike was less than the proposed 12 percent increase and that the tax bill on the average market value house of $150,000 would go up less than $10…

Attractions

A Polar Stop with toy train layouts provided by local model railroad clubs, a building competition with canned goods to benefit the Food Bank of Western New York, and Kandy Kane's Holiday Magic Show are among the new sights this year at the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg. The 13th annual festival opens from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Frid…

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Winter parking rules on bus routes in Buffalo won't go into effect at least until Nov. 22, the city announced Tuesday. The regulations were slated to go into effect at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, but are being delayed based on weather forecasts, a city spokesman said. Winter parking restrictions on bus routes are in effect from 1:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. until April 1. Buffalo …

Education

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will conduct a special holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Hilbert College's William E. Swan Auditorium. The concert will be conducted by BPO resident conductor Stefan Sanders. This year marks the BPO's 10th annual performance at the Swan Auditorium. A limited number of tickets are available for the public. Tickets are $35 for…

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Hamburg Town Board Member Tom Best Jr. plans to offer revisions to the town's proposed 2018 budget before it is adopted Monday night. Spending in Supervisor Steven Walters' proposed $47 million budget is up 2.7 percent, and the total amount to be raised by taxes, $27.47 million, is up 2.2 percent. Under the proposed budget, the owner of a house assessed at $100,000 wou…

Erie County

Work to improve safety along Route 5 and Bayview Road in the Town of Hamburg should be finished by the end of the year, according to the state Department of Transportation. The Bayview Road access between the westbound and eastbound Route 5, the site of numerous accidents, is being removed after Hoover Road was realigned to meet Lake Erie Boulevard at a four corner inte…

Business

Neonatal intensive care nurse Donna Alessi can think back on the early days of her 45-year career in Buffalo and recall the helplessness of holding dying babies. “It was sad,” she said. “I remember sitting there – and it would be any of us – with a baby who had a heartbeat, and there was nothing we could do. Now we save them. They go to school. They go to coll…

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January will bring in a new political landscape in Hamburg, with four newly elected Town Board members and a new highway superintendent. And when Democrat Jim Shaw takes over as supervisor, he will be part of a two-member minority on the Town Board, since Republicans captured all three council seats. There were so many seats open this year - the most in recent memory…

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Hamburg will have a Democratic supervisor for the first time in 12 years, and newly elected James Shaw will work with a Republican Town Board. Shaw, who has been a municipal attorney for several jurisdictions over his 42-year legal career, beat attorney Dennis Gaughan, 59-41 percent. The big upset of the night came in the highway superintendent's race, where Ted Cas…

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Fifth-degree black belts Jonathan Ertel and William Lorenz Jr. of Hamburg have been selected to provide a demonstration following Saturday's Canadian Black Belt Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Hilton Lac-Leamy Hotel and Casino in Gatineau, Quebec. Ertel and Lorenz are trained primarily in Isshin-Ryu Karate under Shihan Bill Adams. They have performed demonstratio…

It looks like this year's race for Hamburg highway superintendent is the most expensive highway superintendent's campaign in Hamburg history. Incumbent Tom Best Sr. has spent $89,357 on his race against Ted Casey, the town's traffic safety coordinator, according to financial disclosure records on the state Board of Elections website. Did Best, a former police captain…