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A Polar Stop with toy train layouts provided by local model railroad clubs, a building competition with canned goods to benefit the Food Bank of Western New York, and Kandy Kane's Holiday Magic Show are among the new sights this year at the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg. The 13th annual festival opens from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Frid…

Amherst

Winter parking rules on bus routes in Buffalo won't go into effect at least until Nov. 22, the city announced Tuesday. The regulations were slated to go into effect at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, but are being delayed based on weather forecasts, a city spokesman said. Winter parking restrictions on bus routes are in effect from 1:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. until April 1. Buffalo …

Education

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will conduct a special holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Hilbert College's William E. Swan Auditorium. The concert will be conducted by BPO resident conductor Stefan Sanders. This year marks the BPO's 10th annual performance at the Swan Auditorium. A limited number of tickets are available for the public. Tickets are $35 for…

Hamburg

Hamburg Town Board Member Tom Best Jr. plans to offer revisions to the town's proposed 2018 budget before it is adopted Monday night. Spending in Supervisor Steven Walters' proposed $47 million budget is up 2.7 percent, and the total amount to be raised by taxes, $27.47 million, is up 2.2 percent. Under the proposed budget, the owner of a house assessed at $100,000 woul…

Erie County

Work to improve safety along Route 5 and Bayview Road in the Town of Hamburg should be finished by the end of the year, according to the state Department of Transportation. The Bayview Road access between the westbound and eastbound Route 5, the site of numerous accidents, is being removed after Hoover Road was realigned to meet Lake Erie Boulevard at a four corner inte…

Business

Neonatal intensive care nurse Donna Alessi can think back on the early days of her 45-year career in Buffalo and recall the helplessness of holding dying babies. “It was sad,” she said. “I remember sitting there – and it would be any of us – with a baby who had a heartbeat, and there was nothing we could do. Now we save them. They go to school. They go to college.” S…

Local News

January will bring in a new political landscape in Hamburg, with four newly elected Town Board members and a new highway superintendent. And when Democrat Jim Shaw takes over as supervisor, he will be part of a two-member minority on the Town Board, since Republicans captured all three council seats. There were so many seats open this year - the most in recent memory…

Hamburg

Hamburg will have a Democratic supervisor for the first time in 12 years, and newly elected James Shaw will work with a Republican Town Board. Shaw, who has been a municipal attorney for several jurisdictions over his 42-year legal career, beat attorney Dennis Gaughan, 59-41 percent. The big upset of the night came in the highway superintendent's race, where Ted Case…

Hamburg

Fifth-degree black belts Jonathan Ertel and William Lorenz Jr. of Hamburg have been selected to provide a demonstration following Saturday's Canadian Black Belt Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Hilton Lac-Leamy Hotel and Casino in Gatineau, Quebec. Ertel and Lorenz are trained primarily in Isshin-Ryu Karate under Shihan Bill Adams. They have performed demonstratio…

It looks like this year's race for Hamburg highway superintendent is the most expensive highway superintendent's campaign in Hamburg history. Incumbent Tom Best Sr. has spent $89,357 on his race against Ted Casey, the town's traffic safety coordinator, according to financial disclosure records on the state Board of Elections website. Did Best, a former police captain…

With a week to go before the election, more than $150,000 has been spent on the race for Hamburg supervisor. Dennis Gaughan has raised $78,259 and spent $94,850, according to state campaign finance filings. His opponent, James M. Shaw, has spent $59,962 and raised $61,960. Gaughan has contributed $49,200 to his own campaign, and his wife, Mary Rose, has contribute…

Local News

Three foundations are supporting Community Concern of Western New York's acquisition of Hamburg Counseling Services, ensuring increased access to mental health services in the Southtowns. The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation and the Ralph Wilson Foundation awarded $129,440 to support the acquisition and the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York award…

Local News

Call it the capon caper for Hamburg police. It started at about 11:45 p.m. Friday when dispatchers received a call from Buffalo's Best Pizzeria about a "suspicious character" hanging around the restaurant at McKinley Parkway and Lake Avenue near closing time, according to a post on the department's Facebook page headlined "Fowl Play." He had two wings, black feathers…

Politics

When Erie County polls open on Nov. 7, voters probably won't encounter the long lines that they saw in the 2016 presidential election. Voter enthusiasm over countywide contests for comptroller, clerk and sheriff is gauged as low, while a dearth of races in the City of Buffalo is tamping down any expectations of substantial turnout there. Amherst, Hamburg and Lancaste…

Local News

A billboard asking Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to keep the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center in West Seneca will be up at Seven Corners in Hamburg through Sunday. The billboard is one of the final efforts in a campaign before a bill preventing the center's move to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center is sent to the governor for his signature or veto. It is part of th…