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This year's St. Joseph's Day Anthony M. Castiglia achievement award is going to three brothers. Paul, Michael and Anthony Billoni will receive the recognition from the Italian American Leadership Council at 6 p.m. Monday at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant, 3785 South Park Ave., Blasdell. All have been involved in many local causes for years. Paul Billoni, president and CEO…

Erie County

Tickets to the Erie County Fair will be sold for half price Monday, which is 150 days from the start of this year's fair – marking the 150th year the event has been held at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Tickets bought today will be $5 each – half off adult admission – and may be used any day of the 2018 fair, which runs Aug. 8-19. Customers can visit www.ECFair.org or the…

Hamburg

Hamburg is looking for a few good role models. Nominations for those who have provided exemplary service to youth in Hamburg are due March 19. Successful candidates will be honored at the town's 30th annual Youth Bureau banquet at 6 p.m. April 25 at Michael's Banquet Facility. Nominations are being accepted for the Michael J. Dundon Service to Youth Award, which reco…

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A section of Southwestern Boulevard (Route 20) in Hamburg that has seen a number of accidents will be improved this year, and will remain three lanes. The state Department of Transportation has determined that it is not necessary to expand the section to five lanes, based on current and projected traffic counts for the next decade. Work is expected to start next mont…

The Hamburg town boat launch, auto fleet, technology needs and a policy regarding contacts with the media are on the agenda of a special meeting called by the Town Board. The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. March 26 in Conference Room 7B, and is expected to last about two hours. Board members also will discuss accurately recording work shifts, formation of a budge…

Amherst

New data from state regulators confirms what some consumers suspected all along: The companies that provide cable and wireless service aren't very good at responding to customer complaints. Who does the best? Gas and electric companies – a result that may come as a surprise to some customers. Those are the general findings from a Public Service Commission index that …

Local News

The Town of Hamburg plans to reopen the town boat launch in time for walleye fishing season this year. The future of the launch was questionable after a pylon floated away in August during a storm, and the launch closed early after waves carried sand close to shore, making it too shallow for boats. Highway Superintendent Ted Casey said money in the budget and from st…

Cheektowaga

There will be contested political races in four villages, including East Aurora, where three trustees are running for mayor, when voters go to the polls March 20 in nine Erie County villages. Angola Incumbent Trustees John A. Glascott, United Party for Justice, and John W. Omlor, Hands On Party, are running unopposed for trustee. Both were appointed to their positions. …

Cheektowaga

Vanessa Krnjaich may not have thought she was saving a neighborhood when she bought her fixer-upper for $45,555 at auction in August 2013. But the 26-year-old transformed a West Seneca house that had been vacant for five years, taking it from the rolls of the "walking dead" and restoring it to vibrant and living housing stock. She spent months fixing up the Rose Aven…

Buffalo

For the past 22 years, Judith Burns-Quinn has listened to the shocking and heartbreaking stories of people who were sexually abused by priests. Most of them, she said, are adult men who were molested as young boys and teenagers. "Every victim I've talked to has their own story, but for every one, the experience of being molested by a priest has had a profound impact …

Hamburg

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw headlines the next installment of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce Leaders of Western New York series. The comptroller will be the keynote speaker at a lunch and presentation Wednesday at La Galleria, 3923 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park. Check-in starts at 11:30 a.m. The comptroller does not report to the county executive or …

Business

A Hamburg mechanical systems company has purchased a small warehouse building on Amsdell Road that was previously home to Hamburg School Car Service. McAllister Plumbing and Heating paid $900,000 to acquire the single-story, 13,914-square-foot building at 3080 Amsdell from Joan Jarvis, the car service's former operator, according to Erie County Clerk records and William…

Local News

Some of the area's newest and planned recreation destinations are described as "slam dunks" and "home runs." But they have nothing to do with basketball or baseball. The Town of Tonawanda's 4-mile rails to trails path has been getting rave reviews from joggers, bicyclists and dog-walkers for nearly two years. The City of Tonawanda is trying to capitalize on its confl…

Business

Ulta Beauty will leave its space at McKinley Mall next month and relocate to Quaker Crossing. The cosmetics retailer will have about 2,000 more square feet for its hair, skin, beauty, nail, massage and salon products in the new Orchard Park location. It will close the McKinley Mall store on March 27 and open at 3489 Amelia Drive on March 28. The move will leave a yaw…