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When it comes to falls from grace, Michael H. Wilson's was a big one. Wilson arrived on the scene 10 years ago, a 21-year old investment wunderkind from Cleveland. A few months later, his purchase of a $6.3 million, 126-acre estate in Hamburg garnered headlines. It was a record for home sales in Erie County at the time. And then came the FBI raid. Wilson, now 3…

Business

The McKinley Mall is in financial trouble. The owner of the McKinley Mall is at risk of "imminent monetary default" on the largest piece of a $35.5 million commercial mortgage, according to a special bulletin just issued by national debt research firm Fitch Ratings. The email alert by Fitch and a subsequent notice from commercial real estate advisory Trepp warned inv…

The Village of Hamburg wants to get you ready to walk on its new Hub & Spoke Fitness Trail Network. Residents can get a preview of the trail network from 10 a.m. to noon April 7 at the Hamburg Memorial Youth Center, 200 Prospect Ave. at the corner of Hawkins Street and across from the hub of the trail network. April 7 is National Rails to Trails Conservancy Opening …

Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve opens for the season with an Earth Day cleanup April 21. The former cement quarry will be open weekends for fossil collecting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Visitors can bring their own gear or rent equipment in search of trilobites and other prehistoric creatures at the 54-acre site in Hamburg. …

Clarence

"Welcome to Potholeville," says the sign on a bad stretch of Lakeview Road in Hamburg. It could be a sign in virtually every Western New York community. That's because cracks that were just bumps in the road a few weeks ago have opened into craters on city streets, county highways and state byways. "It is a safety hazard," said Hamburg Highway Superintendent Ted C…

Hamburg's town attorney and former supervisor Steven J. Walters is joining Colby Development as partner and chief legal officer. Robert Marcus, CFO and vice president of the real estate development company headquartered in Buffalo, announced the appointment Tuesday. He said Walters will focus on site plan reviews, use permits, area and use variances and zoning is…

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Even the state Department of Transportation admits it will be confusing at first navigating around the Skyway when it is under construction for the next two summers, but a spokeswoman said the DOT said has come up with a reasonable and effective plan. But Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, is calling on the DOT to do more during the $29 million rehabilitation of the deck. …

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An altercation caught on video is prompting Town of Hamburg officials to think of bringing constables to town court to keep the peace. The incident occurred about 10:25 a.m. March 15 in the lobby of Hamburg Town Hall outside the courtroom, where court officers were on duty. The video shows several people sitting and standing, someone walking through the metal detecto…

Amherst

Wegmans customers can now order groceries online, then pick them up at the curb at three more locations in Buffalo, Depew and Amherst. Pickup is available at Wegmans' stores at 601 Amherst St. in Buffalo, 4960 Transit Road in Depew and 675 Alberta Drive in Amherst. The store at 3740 McKinley Parkway in Hamburg began piloting the program in January. Customers can shop…

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Southtowns commuters had a relatively easy winter driving into Buffalo over the Skyway. The summer may be a different story. That's when parts of the Skyway will be closed for a $29 million bridge rehab that will take two summers to complete. It might not be that bad for the bulk of motorists who drive into the city every morning and go home every afternoon, but i…

Bills

With his playing days over because of a damaged disc in his neck, injured Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood is now ending another tie to Western New York. He sold his Hamburg home – to the team's linebackers coach. Wood and his wife, Leslie, sold their four-bedroom house on Mosey Lane to Robert T. and Lacey M. Babich for $330,000. The 2,555-square-foot house with 2.5 ba…

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Frontier Central School District hopes to add more than 15 staff positions costing more than $1 million and increase BOCES services by nearly $1 million in next year's budget. "For the third year in a row, we're talking about restoring positions, instead of cutting positions," said Carolyn Robertson, assistant superintendent for business. Robertson told the School Bo…

Hamburg

Hamburg Town Board members will not buy the 17-acre Willow Bend Swim, Tennis and Social Club on Taylor Road. The nonprofit club is dissolving and was hoping the town could acquire it, including its debt of about $80,000, for the amount of the debt. But the Town Board voted Monday, 4-1, to pass. Town Supervisor James M. Shaw said he thinks the property will cost too m…

Hamburg

St. Francis Park is leasing studio suite apartments for seniors in the former Immaculate Conception Convent on South Park Avenue in Hamburg. Catholic Health System bought the convent from the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph for $8 million in January. More than 40 members of the Franciscan Sisters still live at the former convent, leaving 32 units available to rent, sai…

Crime

The Town of Hamburg Police Department wants the public's help in identifying two young people wanted for questioning related to the theft of a computer and video security system stolen from Walmart. Walmart surveillance video was posted to the police department's Facebook page showing a man and woman, whose faces are clearly visible, getting a cart and shopping at the s…