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As a little boy, Tyler Haniszewski shared a bedroom with his brother, Tim Jr. On weekend nights during the summer, when their father would travel to compete in the demolition derby at some faraway county fair, Tyler and Tim Jr. would will themselves to stay awake. They'd listen for the sound of his car in their Lancaster driveway, and they'd leap out of bed when their d…

Political retaliation is responsible for a court clerk losing her job in the Town of Hamburg, a state Supreme Court judge has ruled. Justice Donna M. Siwek said there is no "credible evidence" that establishes Brigit Reynolds' job was terminated by the Town Board in January 2016 to save money. Reynolds, who was scheduled to make $42,491 as a senior clerk in 2016, conte…

A police pursuit through several municipalities Thursday morning ended when the driver crashed in Hamburg. Police have closed the area around the crash - on Willet Road and McKinley Parkway on the Hamburg-Lackawanna border - to traffic. Police have not released many details about what happened, but it appears the driver of a yellow Ford Mustang led Erie County Sherif…

Neighborhood Health Center has opened its newest site in Blasdell, marking the nonprofit community health care organization's fourth location in Western New York. The 38,000-square-foot site is in a former Jubilee Supermarket that was converted into a medical facility at 4233 Lake Ave. It's aimed at expanding services for patients in Blasdell, Lackawanna and South Bu…

The Town of Hamburg is continuing its subsidy of Prospect Lawn Cemetery for an eighth year. The 18.5-acre cemetery on the east and west sides of Gowanda State Road (Route 62) first appealed to the town in 2010, when financial problems surfaced. The cemetery's maintenance fund did not earn much interest and, in a change from years ago, most burial plots are no longer pur…

When Tim Haniszewski Jr. was growing up in Lancaster, he and his brother Tyler didn't worry about Little League baseball or Pop Warner football. Their passion was the demolition derby. The boys used to set up a make-believe fairgrounds in the bedroom they shared. They'd smash Matchbox cars to smithereens, just like they watched their father do with real cars on weekend …

Taxes will go down for most Hamburg Central School District taxpayers. This is the second year the district has had a negative tax levy, which meant the levy cannot go over $34.94 million, which is about 1 percent lower than last year. Board members have set the tax levy and rates which include: Hamburg, $35.36 per $1,000 of assessed value, down 96 cents or 2.63 perc…

After losing more than $100,000 four years ago, Frontier Central School District's food service program is projected to be in the black by $9,900. Meal sales were down last year, but catering and a la carte sales were up, manager Jason Whipple told the School Board. While minimum wage is going up 70 cents a year, federal nutrition requirements have been relaxed, whic…

Penn Dixie is offering free solar eclipse viewing glasses to the public, thanks to NASA and SUNY Buffalo State. The glasses allow a person to look through them directly at the sun, which allows individuals to safely view the Aug. 21 eclipse of the sun. The glasses look like the old-fashioned 3D glasses worn to see 3D movies. Visitors can pick up a limited number of t…

Frontier School Board members will be interviewing potential interim superintendent candidates during a special meeting Thursday. Board members hired Erie 1 BOCES Superintendent Lynn Fusco Tuesday to conduct the search for a permanent superintendent, and Fusco also is helping with the search for an interim superintendent. Fusco will work with no compensation, and the…

Veterans living in the Frontier Central School District could see their taxes go down 18 percent if the School Board adopts one type of property tax exemption. Under that scenario, school taxes for other property owners would go up 2 percent. Nancy Snyder of Erie County Real Property Tax Services detailed the program for the board, which is considering the veterans e…

It's hard to imagine the effervescent Jack Edson every saying "Shhhh!" in the library, but when he started working as a librarian 46 years ago, libraries were quiet places. Still, he'd give you a lot of leeway: "You had to be screaming your head off before I'd say anything," he admitted. And he did develop a quiet way of talking in the library. "There's kind of an…

Two political insiders who've helped others get elected but never won elections themselves are squaring off in a Democratic showdown for Hamburg supervisor. One ran for supervisor in 2009 and lost, and hopes to follow in his father's footsteps as supervisor, and the other had an unsuccessful run for state Supreme Court judge. And in a twist this year for Hamburg, the…

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 …