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  Veterans want Frontier Central School Board members to let residents vote this May on whether the district should offer a veterans tax exemption. "Us guys have been around for a while," said Peter Bunting, 68, a member of the Town of Hamburg's Veterans Committee, told the School Board at its meeting Tuesday night. "We have paid our dues with our children goin…

The Town of Hamburg has joined Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Depew, the Town of Tonawanda and other municipalities in suspending its winter overnight parking ban. Supervisor Steven Walters conferred with Police Chief Gregory Wickett and Highway Superintendent Tom Best Sr. on Monday night, and they agreed that it is not needed with the mild weather. The ban was to be lifted Apri…

Hamburg town officials said there is enough money in this year's budget to pay for the increase in minimum wage for part-time workers. The 2017 budget for the Buildings and Grounds Department lists 33 seasonal laborers working at $8 an hour, 40 hours a week for 12 weeks. But the minimum wage is $9.70 per hour. A similar thing occurred in the Recreation Department bu…

Political pundits in Hamburg chuckle a little when you ask them about this year's local elections. Control of the Town Board is up for grabs, with four seats up for election in November. A highway superintendent and town justice also will be elected. "From past history, I would think it would be a free for all," said Raymond F. Gallagher, a former state senator and h…

Southtowners who have a yearning to wax poetic now have the perfect place. The Hamburg Public Library has started a Poetry Club that meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at the library, 102 Buffalo St. Attendees can bring a favorite poem or a poem they have written, meet other aspiring poets or poetry lovers, be inspired or inspire others to write poetry.  

Hamburg's Senior Community Center opened two years ago on Southwestern Boulevard, and while there's many visitors to the gym, Adult Day Services, workout room, classrooms and dining room, the former Frontier Central Learning Center there gets less use. But visitors can get a look at the whole building at 4540 Southwestern Blvd., and get some discounts on select recreati…

Hamburg's town budget this year includes increased money for dredging at the town boat launch, road paving, and a new employee in the assessing department. But the town didn't account for the increase in minimum wage. The budget puts in the same numbers that were in the previous year's budget for part-time and seasonal workers in the Recreation and Buildings and Grou…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has created a financial "Pandora's box" with a plan to require counties to devise ways to share government services as a way to cut expenses, Orchard Park town leaders said Wednesday night. "Similar to the tax cap and tax freeze, the impending danger is hidden by the promise of relief from our oppressive property taxes," said Councilman Michael Sher…

Southtowners sneer at snowfall, embrace lake-effect blasts with bravado, and trade winter war stories with pride. But when the word comes down that the Skyway and Route 5 are closed - again - at commuting time, even the hardiest road warrior with four-wheel drive starts dreaming of a winter hideaway in the Northtowns, where for the most part, a dusting of snow can be bl…

Water poured into the Hamburg town fitness center on Route 5, down the stairs and out the back door down to Lake Erie late last month after a water main break at the Town Park. "Just to fix the main line was $6,413," Highway Superintendent Tom Best Sr. told the Town Board on Monday night. It will cost another $12,900 to fix the sidewalk, he said. The break was discov…

When heavy winds whip up Lake Erie, waves often crash over Route 5 across from St. Francis High School in the Town of Hamburg, sometimes bringing driftwood and debris with it. And depending on the  temperature, the water freezes on the road, forcing that section of the road to close. But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a plan to install stone along the shore in t…

Walking along Legion Drive in front of Hamburg Central High School's Howe Field should get easier with the installation of sidewalks this year. Construction is to start next month on the sidewalks as the first step in the Healthy Neighborhoods initiative, Village Administrator Don Witkowski said. Village Board members on Monday awarded a $612,604 contract to Scott La…

Firefighters responded to a three-alarm blaze at Southtowns Fireplace on Camp Road in Hamburg early Thursday. No injuries were reported. The fire at 4307 Camp Road was reported shortly after 5 a.m. The origin of the fire was undetermined as of late Thursday. "There was so much damage, and because of the roof collapse, it was unsafe to do a thorough investigati…

It will be an active campaign season this  year in Hamburg, with the upsizing of the Town Board starting in 2018. Since the board will move from three members to five, there will be two new seats open on it, bringing the number of town offices up for election to six this year. Both major party leaders said they are accepting inquiries from those interested in being …