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Greg Liberto isn’t a psychologist – but as a sports performance coach, he’s still able to put the Buffalo Bills and Sabres players on a metaphorical couch to try to sum up their playoff droughts. “Once you have a professional team that believes in itself, even if they don’t have a much talent as other teams, that belief can take you further,” Liberto said as…

A discussion on upcoming school budgets has been added to the "Leaders of Western New York" luncheon series on Friday in Hamburg. Hamburg Superintendent Michael Cornell and Frontier Superintendent Bret Apthorpe will talk about their school district budgets that will come up for a vote May 16. They will be followed by state Sen. Christopher Jacobs, R-Buffalo, who will gi…

Plans have been made. The old playground is down. And now the Hamburg Community Playground needs more volunteers to build the new playground later this month. “Hundreds of volunteers are needed for the four dates, and only half of the spots have been filled to this point,” said Laura Herman, volunteer chairwoman for playground building. “Volunteers do not need to …

Hamburg Democrats have endorsed three candidates for Town Board, and the incumbent town justice for re-election. The council candidates are Laura Palisano Hackathorn, a Hamburg village trustee, former Town Board member and retired Lackawanna teacher Cheryl Potter Juda and attorney Matt Kibler, who serves on the board of directors for the Erie County Stadium Corp. Tow…

State Sen. Christopher L. Jacobs is the latest to join the Leaders of Western New York speakers series of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. Jacobs will speak at a lunch at noon Friday in J.P. Fitzgerald's Restaurant, 4236 Clark St., Hamburg. A question-and-answer session will follow his remarks. The public is invited, and reservations can be made by contacting the Chambe…

Plans to change the configuration of the on- and off-ramps to the New York State Thruway at Camp Road/Route 75 in the Town of Hamburg will be the subject of a public meeting on April 25. The proposal calls for the removal of a bridge over Camp Road and the existing exit and entrance ramps on the south side of Camp Road. The proposed project also calls for the construct…

The first phase of Erie County roadwork will focus on just over 20 miles on eight roads in the suburbs, from Concord to Clarence. Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said the initial mill and overlay work on the eight roads are the first of nearly 100 miles of roads to be addressed by the Department of Public Works Division of Highways this year. Among the roads …

The late state budget is hampering efforts to finalize revenues to support Hamburg Central School District 's proposed $68.17 million budget. Superintendent Michael Cornell said the district is finding itself in some uncharted territory, with the late state budget after recent budgets have been adopted by April 1. "We just have to wait and see what they do at the oth…

Frontier Central wants to restore 11.4 full-time staffing positions next year, including four positions that might be needed for bigger enrollment. But those four positions depend on the district getting a little bit more state aid than the governor proposed. And if the district gets less aid than expected, those positions would be reduced. The positions are to be place…

Classes at Erie Community College's South Campus are being delayed an hour Tuesday because of a "power problem," the college tweeted. As of 6:30 a.m., New York State Electric & Gas reported 744 customers without power in Hamburg and Orchard Park. The delay affects only the college's South Campus. Power is estimated to be restored by 8:30 a.m., the utility posted …

A new post office location will open Monday in the Village of Hamburg. Blue Rooster, 180 Buffalo St., will offer retail post office services, including stamps, express mail, first class mail, priority mail, insured mail, certified mail and registered mail. The store will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. T…

Taxes in the Village of Hamburg will go up less than 1 percent under the 2017-18 budget approved by the Village Board. For the average home assessed at $85,000, that's an increase of $15.30 in property taxes. The new tax rate is $20.60 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The budget includes no raises for elected officials, including the mayor, Village Board and village…

It's almost spring kitten season, and the Ten Lives Club Cat Adoption group is gearing up. The club will hold its longest running fundraiser, Furball, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 9 at the Knights of Columbus’ Banquet Hall, 36 Pierce Ave., Hamburg. Founder and President Marie Edwards said Furball is an event in which the shelter and its supporters “spring into ac…

Middle school children looking for something different to do over spring break might consider building a website. The Hamburg Public Library is offering a free coding workshop to help to introduce Western New York youth to the world of web and software development and skills they will need for the growing innovation economy. The Hamburg Public Library Coding Camp Pow…