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This weekend is a busy one for local self-guided garden tours. Six of them are scheduled. The real biggie – Garden Walk Buffalo with more than 380 gardens – takes place July 27 and 28; see www.gardenwalkbuffalo.com. But there are plenty of gardens in local communities to enjoy this Saturday and Sunday. And the Ninth Annual Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens and Sta…

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Ford Motor Co.’s stamping plant in Hamburg over alleged violations, but the automaker is disputing the claims.OSHA cited Ford for eight “serious” violations of the agency’s asbestos and respiratory protection standards at its Route 5 plant, which produces stamped metal parts for vehicles. Ford faces $41,80…

Intermittent lane closures will begin Friday for a resurfacing project on Route 5 in the towns of Hamburg and Evans, the state Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.The closures will occur daily, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., between Pleasant Avenue and Delameter Road, and will affect travel in both directions. The job is expected to take about three weeks.

Intermittent lane closures begin Friday for a resurfacing project on Route 5 in the Towns of Hamburg and Evans, the state Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.The closures will occur daily, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., between Pleasant Avenue and Delameter Road and affect travel in both directions. The job is expected to take approximately three weeks.

After meeting behind closed doors for nearly 2½ hours Tuesday, the Frontier School Board began contract negotiations with a prospective interim superintendent, as outgoing Superintendent James C. Bodziak prepares to leave after the summer.The seven-member board, which learned last week of Bodziak’s plans to retire by Sept. 9, met in executive session to find an interim …

Hamburg

Parents who load the kids in the car to cool off at Woodlawn Beach State Park after a long day of work and folks looking to enjoy a beer or margarita as the sun sets at the beach may have a surprise when they get to the Hamburg gate this summer.They’re going to have to pay for admission. For the last few years, it had been free after 5 p.m.The Town of Hamburg, which oper…

An appeal Monday night from Buffalo Sabre Patrick Kaleta didn’t change the minds of Hamburg Town Board members.The board voted, 2-1, to change a zoning code allowing an Orchard Park business to move to the former Walmart at McKinley Parkway and Big Tree Road. Kaleta and his family members and the foundation they created want to buy the former big-box store and convert it…

A cat rescue organization that cares for about 40 stray mother cats and kittens is urgently seeking a new place for the animals to live after being asked to move out of the Lake Street building in Hamburg that it has occupied for about three years.Robin Pagano, one of the founders and current shelter director of Precious Paws Rescue, said the group has been asked to move b…

Crime

Toys R Us, the scene of a Town of Hamburg killing more than two weeks ago, has offered a $25,000 reward in the case that has left police still unsure whether the slaying could have been a botched robbery or a targeted attack.Town of Hamburg police, in conjunction with Greater Buffalo Metropolitan Crime Stoppers and Toys R Us, announced the reward for information leading to…

The newly downsized Frontier School Board is facing a double-whammy – hiring an interim superintendent and vetting how it wants to search for a new superintendent to replace James C. Bodziak, who suddenly announced last week that he would retire as the leader of the 5,100-student district – all during budget trouble and controversial staff cuts.It also comes at a time …

HamburgThe Frontier School District, now launching a search for a new superintendent following the announcement this week by James C. Bodziak that he will retire in September, has triggered some special board meetings.The School board plans to meet at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in an executive session to address a personnel matter and a contractual matter. Both those items were ind…

The house at 113 Buffalo St. in Hamburg will be used for training by Hamburg volunteer firefighters starting at 2 p.m. this afternoon.The house is adjacent to the Village Veterinary Clinic, and is slated for demolition to allow for the expansion of the clinic.The owners of the house, Dr. Andrew and Laura Reyda, said in a statement: “Having local firefighters train in the…

A scary accident in the third race involving four horses turned a night of entertainment into a solemn event at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night.Raceway General Manager Jim Mango confirmed that a horse named My American Tallia broke stride, causing an accident that sent bodies of drivers flying and horses landing awkwardly on the track.Two drivers, Ray Fisher Jr., aboard Al…

Food and Drink

Red Top, with its char-grilled hot dogs and a great view of the lake across from its outdoor tables, has become a Southtowns tradition for generations of families.In fact, Red Top is celebrating its 67th season this year, so the great-grandparents of youngsters who are chowing down on its perfectly grilled Wardynski’s dogs could have had that same experience back in 1946…

Erie County

Summer often means the same sorts of things.Pools and hot dogs. Beach walks and ice cream. Fourth of July fireworks and – gosh, is it Labor Day already?Exactly.Nothing wrong with that stuff. In fact, we love it.But sometimes we find ourselves craving a few new elements, among all our usual summer pastimes.With that, we offer this tipsheet.It’s a short list of a handful…