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Hamburg“Welcome Neighbors” is the theme of this year’s annual Hamburgh Holidays Santa Claus parade Nov. 30, and parade organizers are inviting neighboring communities to participate. “Please be as creative as you can to make a beautiful, a whimsical or old-fashioned holiday float. This is a great opportunity to have all eyes watching and reading your banner and see…

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About eight years ago, a teacher brought her class to the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center to dig for fossils and to learn about geology and the environment.The bus pulled off a nice little residential street in Hamburg into the parking area, where 54 acres, much of it a vast gray wasteland broken up by several picnic-type shelters loomed. This is it…

Hamburg Central School food service workers have their first ever contract with the district.The School Board Wednesday unanimously approved a three-year contract with the 24 food service workers, cooks and cook managers.The cafeteria workers were not represented by a union, and had been working under a wage freeze since 2011, said Debra Lauria, union representative for Se…

Three search firms responded to the Hamburg Central School District’s request for proposals to lead the district in its search and selection of a new superintendent.School Board members decided Tuesday night they want to talk to representatives of the firms before choosing one at their Nov. 12 regular meeting.The proposals include: Castallo & Silky of Syracuse, $16,000; …

As a Hamburg village justice, Andrew P. Fleming issued an arrest warrant for a man accused of raping a 15-year-old girl and later arraigned the defendant in the criminal case.As a lawyer, Fleming sent a letter on his law firm stationery to a member of the defendant’s family, noting that he had been retained as counsel for the victim and her family to file a civil suit ag…

Business

Henning Kornbrekke has decided to retire three months early as Gibraltar Industries’ president and chief operating officer.Kornbrekke, 68, announced plans during August to retire at the end of this year, but he notified Gibraltar officials in late September that he intended to accelerate his retirement by three months, with his final day coming Sept. 30.Kornbrekke will r…

Crime

A Hamburg teenager has been arrested in connection with a vandalism spree that damaged the Frontier Central School District’s fleet of buses over the weekend, Town of Hamburg police announced Monday evening.Andrew Lathrop, 18, whom Frontier officials said had dropped out of school, has been charged with burglary, criminal mischief and criminal tampering. Police said they…

A grease fire Sunday evening in an apartment building at Hilbert College drew firefighters from five Hamburg fire departments, but the building’s sprinkler system extinguished the flames before their arrival, town police reported.Firefighters from the Big Tree Volunteer Fire Company were dispatched at 6:56 p.m. to the school’s Leo House, police said. Firefighters from …

HamburgInterim Frontier Schools Superintendent Paul G. Hashem announced last week that the district’s principals and teachers all performed well on the new individual state-approved report cards evaluating them, based on growth, student performance and other factors.“All of our principals were [rated] either highly effective or effective, as well as our teachers,” Ha…

Hamburg

Saturday at Patricia Ceccarelli’s home in Blasdell felt like Thanksgiving came early.There was no bountiful feast on her dining room table, but there was a true harvest of gratitude in the air and in Ceccarelli’s heart as she watched an eight-member team of volunteers spend the day doing a “mini-makeover” at her home with donated home-improvement supplies.Besides r…

Education

Nobody wants to be seen talking to the “wrong” person. School Board members are suspicious of one another. Parents and staff are taking sides. There are charges of overspending and loss of aid, and appointments made without proper vetting by board members.And parents are stepping up and demanding change.This is not the Buffalo City School District. It’s Hamburg Centr…

Kenmore Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Road, Kenmore. Jack Schifferli, Town of Tonawanda forester, will discuss trees that thrive in the area and the best locations to grow them. Town officials will present certificates of appreciation to the Adopt-a-Box participants. Guests welcome....Evans Garden Club will meet at …

Education

Hamburg Central School District parents, staff, board members and community members spoke of unrest and upheaval, innuendo and intimidation in the district Thursday night.They also spoke of coming together and solving some of the problems that have seeped from the board room to the hallways to classrooms.“We can’t pit ourselves against each other and change anything or…

Hamburg Central School Board members were tight-lipped after emerging from a 2½-hour executive session Wednesday night concerning one of the board members.Earlier, board nember Catherine Schrauth Forcucci had objected when the board voted to go into executive session “to discuss matters relating to a police incident that would imperil public safety if disclosed.” Schr…

The Frontier School District’s rainy day fund has diminished by $11.3 million in the last three fiscal years, prompting the district’s auditors to issue some stern advice for leaders to leave alone what it has left in savings.While the district received a “clean report” from its auditors, Lumsden & McCormick managing partner John Schiavone didn’t shy away from ta…