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It used to be you couldn't have food in the library, but now the Hamburg Public Library is looking for a vendor to operate its cafe. The library put out a request for proposals, but didn't receive any. "We're still looking," library Director Jack Edson said. He said the cafe operator would open the shop during normal library hours, and be open at least 30 hours a …

The first 500 people to greet the fair train Thursday in Hamburg will receive a "train day" button to commemorate the arrival of the Strates Show. The James E. Strates Show train is expected to arrive at the historic Erie Railroad Depot in Hamburg on Scott Street between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Arrival updates will be made by the Erie County Fair on its Twitter and Facebook …

You don't have to ask John Strates to imagine what would have happened at the Erie County Fair if the tornado that took down 50 trees and caused up to $3 million damage to the fairgrounds blew through just three weeks later, after the fair opened. "You can just look at the Labor Day storm of the New York State Fair. You can take it from that. Your answer is right there,…

Union Pleasant Elementary School in Hamburg has come up with a different way to encourage reading over the summer. Principal Jacqueline Peffer and Assistant Principal Nicole Lauer are "reading around the village" with their students. The next round will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Gunther's Hill in Woodview Park. Students bring a book, and something to sit on, and t…

The grumbling around bingo tables in churches and clubs started in June as word spread of a new state law that prohibited people under the age of 18 from playing bingo. "It's not like you're taking them to a casino," said Sue Koepnick, who started playing bingo at age 10. "Why can't they play a little bingo?" Like many of today's bingo enthusiasts, Koepnick, 47, …

Damage at the Hamburg Fairgrounds from the July 20 tornado is estimated to reach $2.5 million to $3 million, but Erie County Fair CEO Dennis Lang said Thursday that insurance will pay for the repairs. "Our insurance coverage will be stressed to the limit," he said. He said 95 percent of the debris has been removed. Repairs to air conditioners, roofs, signs, building …

Many people may be chanting "Lock them up!" Sunday in Hamburg when the Hamburg Historical Society unveils its newly restored "village lock-up." The small village lock-up was located on Center Street in the Village of Hamburg from 1895 to 1915. Society members restored the wood building and three jail cells to match descriptions in society records. And to help pay for…

Just days after one of three damaging tornados put the Hamburg Fairgrounds directly in its sights, Erie County Fair organizers are now cleaning up the considerable damage, but they are also taking some time to celebrate the area's resilience. A T-shirt which proclaims "I survived Fairnado" is being promoted on the Erie County Fair's Facebook page. "Thank-you again fo…

Call it a collision of politics and good old Western New York can-do attitude. The cleanup after the tornado that struck the Erie County Fairgrounds was well under way Thursday afternoon when an aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo asked that the cleanup be delayed – until after the governor arrived, fair CEO Dennis Lang said. "I said, 'You're kidding, right?'"Lang said he…

It was Day 4 of Media Camp at Hilbert College in Hamburg Thursday and the nine school-aged campers had just returned from a field trip to the Edward Cotter – the Buffalo Fire Department's historic fire boat – to learn about how to do a feature story. Then a tornado touched down just a mile down South Park Avenue and turned the day into an unexpected lesson on brea…

Two dozen members of the Army and Air Force National Guard joined more than 100 Erie County highway and park personnel Friday cleaning up tornado and storm-related damage to Hamburg and surrounding areas. The cost of damage and cleanup efforts is expected to reach into the millions. Twin twisters ripped trees out of the ground and damaged homes and roofs in the Sout…

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Commuters will find some roads closed this afternoon in Erie County due to the possible tornado that downed trees and power lines in Hamburg, Orchard Park and places east and south of there. [See photos of the storm damage] Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz issued a travel advisory for the Towns of Aurora, Hamburg and Orchard Park because of the storm, warning …

Seniors citizens who use Hamburg's therapeutic pool want to show Town Board members that the pool is popular, but too small for the aqua strength and aerobics classes held there. "We have all kinds of people who want to use this place," Teresa Ferraro said. "We're kicking each other and almost playing bumper cars." Ferraro and others will bring charts to Monday's Tow…

Hamburg Gaming, the casino at Buffalo Raceway on the Erie County Fairgrounds, has reopened after being evacuated Monday evening due to a phoned-in bomb threat. Hamburg Police, who responded to the scene, left shortly before midnight, a police dispatcher said. A casino employee said by phone that the gaming operation was open again, but declined further comment.