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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…

Waterford Village Bank closed four years ago, but a deal struck in its aftermath has just ended.Evans Bancorp and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. have wrapped up an agreement that helped fill the void created by Waterford’s shutdown.State regulators in July 2009 shut Clarence-based Waterford, citing a dangerous lack of capital. They turned the Clarence-based bank over …

Hamburg Central School District is trying to save about $620,000 in state aid that is in jeopardy. If it is not successful, the district will have lost $1.09 million because the administration and teachers could not reach an agreement on a teacher evaluation plan by the deadline of this Jan. 17.A plan was not approved by the teachers and the School Board until mid-April, a…

HamburgHamburg School Board members plan to talk more at their next meeting about a search for a new superintendent, and some of them are feeling pressure about the search.“It’s no secret we’re in a horse race with Frontier,” Board Member Thomas F. Flynn III said at last Tuesday’s School Board meeting. Hamburg Superintendent Steven Achramovitch’s retirement is effective Sa…

ALBANY – The three racetrack-based casinos in Western New York no longer are allowed to use “casino” and “slot machines” when marketing their facilities.The State Gaming Commission took the step Thursday, fulfilling the terms of an agreement Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Seneca President Barry Snyder Sr. signed in June, ending a $600 million, four-year dispute over allegations …

Evans Bancorp. and Community Bank System were named winners of the Raymond James Community Bankers Cup, a first-time recognition created by Raymond James & Associates.Evans, based in Hamburg, and Community Bank, based in DeWitt, were among 30 banks around the country to receive the award, and were the only two based in New York state.Raymond James analyzed 300 community ba…

Dozens of kayakers will test their paddling prowess for trophies and prizes from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Woodlawn Beach in Hamburg in the second annual Labatt Blue Light Lime Kayak Regatta. Registration will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday at Woody’s Beach Club, 3580 Lake Shore Road. Cost is $35. Kayakers also can pre-register for $25 at www.gameonbuffalo.com. A portion …

The Hamburg Central School District lost $472,000 in state aid, apparently because it did not have a teacher evaluation plan in place by Jan. 17.Director of Administrative Services Barbara Sporyz said she discovered the missing aid when she checked the state education aid website in mid-June.“Imagine our surprise,” she told the School Board on Tuesday night. “We’ve never a…

An Erie County sheriff’s dispatcher has pleaded guilty to first-degree vehicular assault for plowing into two pedestrians while driving his pickup truck at a high speed in April.Thomas A. Gilray Jr., 29, had been drinking at the Dyngus Day Festival in Buffalo on April 1 before striking Bill Sheehan, 61, and Michael Serrano, 32, with his Dodge Ram pickup truck on Route 5 ne…

HamburgHamburg Democrats have endorsed Ted Casey for highway superintendent.Casey, a lifelong resident of Hamburg, has a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s in safety management/environmental studies from the University of Rochester.He is in senior management for a manufacturing company and has more than 20 years of private sector experience in safety, labor rela…