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Merchants will be set up within walking distance of the roundabout at Main and Buffalo streets in Hamburg for the annual Wine About event from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 10. Visitors can sample traditional and new beverage concoctions, and there will be music and specials throughout the village. Other participating vendors include the Coyote Cafe food truck, Sweet …

We can come to a greater feeling of peace in our lives by addressing the acute and chronic traumas that we have buried deep within us and try to keep at bay. This is the big message in a free, two-hour educational program on “soul injuries” that will take place on Thursday in Hamburg. The seminar is inspired by six former hospice nurses from Boston, Mass., who co…

Hazardous waste drop-off collections will be held in Orchard Park and Amherst this summer, the Erie County Department of Environment & Planning announced. The first will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 3 at the ECC South, 4041 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park. The event in Amherst will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 at ECC North, 6205 Main St. …

Teachers and children use the Giving Garden at Union Pleasant Elementary School as an outdoor classroom throughout the school year, and the garden will be open to the public for tours and a "living fair" from 4 to 8 p.m. June 9. Run by the small nonprofit Seeds of Living Education (SOLE), the children's community garden has been growing since 2009. SOLE’s mission is t…

Hamburg has been talking about the need to replace or expand its ice rink at the Nike Base for at least 10 years, and residents in 2009 voted down a proposal to privatize the town's rink. Discussions started again in 2015, and in 2016 the town signed an agreement with Sportstar Capital of Toronto to study the feasibility, prepare a financial analysis and acquire proper…

Rep. Chris Collins will speak and answer questions in Hamburg June 19. His appearance is part of the Leaders of Western New York series sponsored by the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. Collins will discuss issues affecting the area and businesses. Check in is at 11:30 a.m. for the noon lunch and presentation at Michael's Catering & Banquets, 4884 Southwestern Bl…

The tractor-trailer driver who died Sunday night when his rig veered off the I-90 westbound Thruway and crashed into a home in the Town of Hamburg has been identified as David K. Raney, 57, of Owen Sound, Ont. Raney was traveling westbound near Exit 56 just before 8 p.m. when he suffered an apparent medical emergency and drove off the north shoulder of the roadway, St…

A tractor-trailer driver died when his rig veered off the westbound I-90 near the Milestrip Road exit in the Town of Hamburg about 7:52 p.m. Sunday, according to State Police. The rig crashed into a house at 4377 Highland Parkway, but no one in the house was reported injured. According to a State Police report, the rig was loaded and  struck a utility pole after vee…

W. Jay Milligan had a theory on why demolition derbies are so popular. "If you have ever been sitting at a traffic light and the light turns green and the guy behind you lays on the horn, what would you like to do? Some people may want to take a hammer to the car. That’s what demolition derby is for. When a driver enters a car in the derby, 10 of his best friends come…

Bulldogs in the 'Burg begat the bulldog in the circle. A metal bulldog sculpture designed by Hamburg High School art students and produced in partnership with Griffis Sculpture Park and Essex Art Center now stands outside the high school's main doors. The bulldog, which is the school mascot, is dedicated to creative thinkers at the school, said art teacher Michael Ed…

Hamburg's community playground officially opens following a ribbon cutting ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday. The $500,000 playground, located between Prospect and Highland avenues in the Village of Hamburg, replaces a 25-year-old wooden playground that had come to the end of its natural life. [Photo gallery of building the playground] The new playground includes five sli…

The Erie County district attorney's office is investigating an allegation of a bribe involving the proposed Hamburg public/private ice rink project. "We are aware; we are investigating," said Joanna Pasceri, public information officer for District Attorney John J. Flynn. The town has proposed partnering with Sportstar Capital of Toronto to develop a $30 million multi…

Hamburg town officials revealed preliminary drawings for a proposed $30 million sports facility on Thursday evening. The reaction from residents was mixed. "Fantastic!" Laura Reynolds said of the proposal for the town to enter into a public-private partnership for a multi-use facility with twin rinks, field house and indoor court space on a section of the old South S…