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Feb. 2, 1930 – Aug. 8, 2013James P. English, the founder of Claddagh Commission, an Evans-based agency that serves the developmentally disabled, died Thursday in Mercy Hospital. He was 83.A resident of Hamburg, Mr. English was a 1949 graduate of Kenmore High School.In 1978, he founded the Claddagh Commission, where, through the years, he and his wife, Jean, worked to estab…

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For one of New York State’s newest lottery winners, being handed an oversized check totaling $1 million dollars was just the latest wave in a tide of good fortune. On the receiving end of the winnings is Kenmore resident Alishea Gainer, 27, who also became engaged in December and recently completed her master’s degree in mental health counseling.“What a lucky streak,” said…

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Mr. and Mrs. Berthold “Bud” Laufer of Hamburg celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner hosted by their children for family and friends in Root Five, Hamburg. Mr. Laufer and Dolores “Dee” Carson were married Aug. 10, 1963, in St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church, Hamburg. He is a retired steamfitter for Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 22; she is working as a r…

Penn Dixie’s Mid-Summer’s Night Adventure with searches for fossils and the night sky will take place today at the former quarry off North Street in Hamburg. Gates open at 5 p.m. Red Top Hot Dog stand will sell hot dogs, chips and drinks; telescopes will be focusing on sunspots and solar flares through filtered lenses, and fossils will be found until dusk. After dark, …

Today 9:00 am4-H & FFA Poultry Show, Barn 910:00 am4-H & FFA Dairy Cattle Showmanship, ShowplexOpen Class Market Lamb Show, Showmanship, Shorn Fleece Show; Barn 114-H Presentations, Mannequin Modeling and Interactive Demonstrations; 4-H Youth BuildingWood Artisans Demonstrations; Woodcarver’s BuildingLancaster Senior Quilting Group; Historical BuildingMichael Bastine book-…

Dec. 19, 1925 – Aug. 5, 2013Teddy M. Stoklosa, of Blasdell, a former Blasdell village trustee, died Monday after a short illness. He was 87.Born in Lackawanna, he was a graduate of Lackawanna High School and served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II. A photography enthusiast, he worked as an industrial photographer and specification writer for Sylvania Electron…

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You can add cans to the attractions at the Erie County Fair this year.That’s in addition to the cows, the chickens, the rabbits, reindeer, the rides, the music, the deep-fried Gummy bears, bacon bomb, demolition derby, Ramblin’ Lou and even Nik Wallenda next week.Thousands of cans of food were donated Wednesday at the fair’s kickoff. Admission was $2 on the opening day, or…

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You can add cans to the attractions at the Erie County Fair this year.That’s in addition to the cows, the chickens, the rabbits, reindeer, the rides, the music, the deep-fried Gummy bears, bacon bomb, demolition derby, Ramblin’ Lou and even Nik Wallenda next week.Thousands of cans of food were donated Wednesday at the fair’s kickoff. Admission was $2 on the opening day, or…

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Sept. 4, 1932 – Aug. 6, 2013Robert W. Thompson, of Hamburg, a greenhouse operator, died Tuesday in ElderWood Health Care at Lakewood, Hamburg, after a long illness. He was 80.Born in Williamsville, he was a graduate of Williamsville High School and served in the Navy during the Korean War.Mr. Thompson first worked in his father’s greenhouse in Williamsville, then in 1959 o…

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Erie County FairWhere: Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Parkway, HamburgWhen: Through Aug. 18.Gate times: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Aug. 18.Building hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.Midway: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.Admission: $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, children ages 12 and younger admitted free.For paid concerts, tickets are available at www.tickets.com, the Fairgrounds E…

The Frontier School District isn’t wasting any time delving into an intensive search for its next superintendent.The School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved hiring School Leadership, a regional search firm, to lead its search to replace outgoing Superintendent James C. Bodziak, who is retiring in September.The board also debated an expected shortfall in the 2013-14 fo…

The Erie County Fair kicks off Wednesday and attendees can get free entry when they bring at least one canned good to donate to the Food Bank of Western New York.Wednesday only, fairgoers can skip the turnstile and head straight for the deep-fried Oreos if they make a non-perishable food donation.Regular admission is $10, $7 for seniors.Saturday, attendees who bring canned…

North Forest Office Space, a developer of small office suites in suburban office parks, has renamed its Hamburg facility and started work on a third building in the park.Located at 4535 Southwestern Blvd., the former Southwestern Office Park will now be named Southtowns Medical and Professional Park. It opened in 2009 and was expanded in 2011 with a second building. The lo…

The Flying Knights of Hamburg and the Air-Crafters of WNY will celebrate National Model Aviation Day with an air show Aug. 17 at the Model Airport on Lakeview Road, Hamburg. Model airplane flights and demonstrations will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until dusk. Visitors also will be able to fly radio-control training aircraft. Concessions will be available.

Hamburg village public works employees agreed to some big concessions in a five-year contract that tries to reign in legacy costs to the village.“There are some major things that will set us up long-term,” Village Administrator Donald Witkowski said at Monday night’s Village Board meeting. The board unanimously approved the contract.The agreement reduces the top pay for ne…