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Majority can rule, but Hamburg's new supervisor laid down the law — literally — to the board's majority during a work session before the new Town Board's reorganization meeting Monday. "If we're going to run a board meeting tonight and in the future, we're going to run it pursuant to law. I'm not getting rolled over, OK?" Supervisor James M. Shaw said. As the board s…

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Every small business owner has had a moment when she thinks, uh-oh, this is a slow stretch. For Sarah and Josh Brunner of Hamburg, that time was in October. "We had five days in October and we didn't have any cats in here," Sarah Brunner said. And when you're running a feline hotel, you want it filled with cats. Luckily for them, that was a temporary blip, and …

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Former Hamburg Supervisor Steven J. Walters is in line to become town attorney Monday evening. That's one of the changes in political appointments listed on the agenda for the Town Board reorganization meeting. When a new board takes over,  changes often occur. And Republicans will take control from Democrats when the newly-upsized five-member board meets 7 p.m. Mond…

Hamburg officials are hoping the observation deck at Hamburg Town Park can stay where it is. The state Department of Environmental Conservation told the town last month that the deck, built on the bluff overlooking Lake Erie last summer, violates state law because it was built in a regulated area within a coastal erosion hazard area. The construction required a state pe…

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To all the parents who've spent extra time with their kids during the holidays: Want to get away? The Village of Hamburg Parks and Recreation Department has a program called Date Night Great Night which will allow you to do just that on selected Friday nights through April. The installments, for children in grades K-6, run from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the Hamburg Youth…

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Mike Jablonski has spent the last three years trying to get permission from the Town of Hamburg to erect two wind turbines at his reindeer farm on Lakeview Road. Jablonski isn't tilting at windmills anymore, after the Town Board last week voted 2-1 in favor of amending the town law that would permit two windmills on a residential property. But there was a heated deba…

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Power outages affected nearly 1,000 customers of New York State Electric & Gas, including the McKinley Mall area Saturday night. But last-minute shoppers got back to business after power was restored about 8:45 p.m. to the shopping center along McKinley Parkway. NYSEG spokeswoman Rachel Buchanan said power is up and running at the mall, where heavy and wet snow h…

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An observation deck built on the bluff overlooking Lake Erie last summer at Hamburg Town Park violates state law and the town could be fined up to $1,000 a day, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The DEC told the town earlier this month it was in violation because the deck was built in a regulated area without the necessary state permit. It…

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More than 500 children, including some experiencing their first Western New York winter, were helped through this year's Warm the Children campaign. The program, led by the Rotary Club of Hamburg with assistance from Evans Bank and Sears in McKinley Mall, is in its 11th year of helping needy children to get new warm, winter clothing. By mid-December, 524 youngsters f…

Aug. 3, 1947 - Dec. 17, 2017 Thomas A. Biersbach, a retired Hamburg police officer, died Sunday from lung cancer at Elderwood Nursing Home. He was 70. Mr. Biersbach was born in Buffalo and was a longtime Hamburg resident. He graduated Frontier High School in Hamburg, and served in the Army as a military police sergeant stationed in Germany. After the service, Mr. …

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Hamburg Supervisor Steven Walters isn't the only one stepping down from the town's public service. Monday was the supervisor's last regular meeting; a brief year-end meeting is scheduled Dec. 28. Walters said he has worked with 13 different board members, and there have been four governors and three county executives during his 12 years as supervisor. "It's re…

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More than 2,200 have signed on with relish in support of painting the Hamburg water tower like a hamburger. Now, the woman behind the initiative got the OK from the Town Board to start raising money for it. "Every time I drive by that water tower on the Thruway, it begs to be painted," Chris Hannotte Luly said of the blue tower on Howard Road near Southwestern Boulevard…

The former South Shore Golf Club, a 155-acre parcel at the corner of Southwestern Boulevard and Camp Road in Hamburg where residential, retail and office development is planned, has been sold. South Shore Community LLC bought the property at 5076 Southwestern Blvd. for $4 million. South Shore is working with David Homes, which is planning the new urbanism development, w…

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Frontier Central School Board members appointed the superintendent of a Central New York school district to head the Frontier district. Richard Hughes of Central Valley School District is expected to join the district in Hamburg by Jan. 29. "We're very excited to have him on board," Board President Janet MacGregor Plarr said. A native of Wyoming County, Hughes is …

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Outgoing Hamburg Supervisor Steven J. Walters is being considered for the town attorney's post in January. Walters did not seek re-election after serving three terms as supervisor, and there has been speculation for months about his next job. The supervisor, who is an attorney, said he has been focusing on making sure there is a smooth transition in the supervisor's…