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Taxes in the Village of Hamburg will go up less than 1 percent under the 2017-18 budget approved by the Village Board. For the average home assessed at $85,000, that's an increase of $15.30 in property taxes. The new tax rate is $20.60 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The budget includes no raises for elected officials, including the mayor, Village Board and village…

It's almost spring kitten season, and the Ten Lives Club Cat Adoption group is gearing up. The club will hold its longest running fundraiser, Furball, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 9 at the Knights of Columbus’ Banquet Hall, 36 Pierce Ave., Hamburg. Founder and President Marie Edwards said Furball is an event in which the shelter and its supporters “spring into ac…

Middle school children looking for something different to do over spring break might consider building a website. The Hamburg Public Library is offering a free coding workshop to help to introduce Western New York youth to the world of web and software development and skills they will need for the growing innovation economy. The Hamburg Public Library Coding Camp Pow…

Mars and Lockport may be in different worlds, but the Buffalo Geological Society will bring them together at its 49th annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show this weekend at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. The annual show will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 25 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 26 in the Market, Grange and State Police buildings at the fairgrounds. Spec…

Hamburg town officials are not pulling back on their opposition to a sports facility proposed in an industrial park, but they are giving the owner more time to withdraw his application. Town Board members said they will not grant the request from Jeff Kryszak, president of K-Technologies, for a one-year delay on his request to rezone part of his property on Jeffery Bou…

Niagara Falls and Hamburg school districts can't raise taxes this year without at least 60 percent of voters giving the OK. Both districts have what is known as a "negative tax cap," where according to the state tax cap legislation formula, they must lower their tax levy in order to have their budgets pass with a simple majority of 50 percent plus one vote. They are …

The Hamburg Public Library is looking for parents of young children who will tell it like it is. It is seeking participants in two focus groups that will suggest ways the library can improve services and help get children ready to read when they enter kindergarten. "We just want to evaluate our services to children ages birth to 4 to make sure we're really providing …

It should be a little quieter in Hamburg later this year. That's when three more railroad "quiet zones" will be constructed on Lakeview and Bayview roads and Pleasant Avenue. Quiet zones were established on Rogers and Cloverbank roads in 2014. The quiet zone prohibits a train approaching an at-grade crossing to refrain from blowing its horn. The Federal Railroad Admi…

Breakfast with the Bunny, the Rotary Club of Hamburg's 14th annual event with the Easter bunny, will take place April 8 at the Oakwood Manor, 2985 Lake View Road, Hamburg, across from the town ice arena. There will be two seating times, at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Reservations are recommended due to limited seating, and can be made by calling 867-8388 or emailing Breakfa…

Volunteers with rakes, shovels and ratchet wrenches are needed to build the new Village of Hamburg community playground on Prospect Avenue in April and May. The community build will take place in morning and afternoon shifts on April 29 and May 5 and 6. Contractors will install concrete walkways, stone base and the rubber safety surfacing and landscaping in May after th…

You can call it Penn Dixie, and you can call it a fossil park, but don't call it a Paleontological & Outdoor Education Center any more. The Hamburg fossil quarry has changed its name to the Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve, the Hamburg Natural History Society has announced. “We’re retaining ‘Penn Dixie’ and aligning our branding more closely w…

David G. Setter, 62, of the Village of Hamburg, was charged with driving while intoxicated at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday night after being pulled over on Clark Street because his vehicle's headlines were not on, State Police said. Setter had a blood-alcohol reading of 0.13 percent, nearly twice the state's legal limit, police said. He was issued a ticket requiring he app…

Erie County Legislator and Canisius College professor Kevin Hardwick will be part of the Leaders of Western New York speaker series sponsored by the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. Hardwick will discuss the latest on the political environment in Washington and what might be expected moving forward at a lunch at noon March 21 at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant, 3785 South Park …

The Town of Hamburg is giving the owner of an electronics manufacturing firm two weeks to withdraw his proposal for an athletic facility at his business in an industrial park. Neighbors living off Bayview Road vigorously opposed the plan for indoor volleyball courts that could be used for other sports, particularly when they learned it included a concession stand that w…