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Frontier Central School Board members hope to have a new superintendent in place by late January. The board is seeking input from the community on the qualities and specifications for the successful candidate through an online survey and two meetings, board President Janet MacGregor Plarr said in a letter to the community. Erie 1 BOCES Superintendent Lynn Fusco and …

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Hamburg Central was the only school district in the state to lose aid because it did not have a teacher evaluation plan in place by the deadline in 2013. But the last of the aid that was withheld will be fully restored this year. The district expects to receive $241,000 in state “bullet aid” through the efforts of Assemblyman Sean Ryan’s office. 'That was all d…

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C. Douglas Whelan will join the Frontier Central School District as interim superintendent starting Monday. The former Starpoint Central superintendent will take over the top spot because Superintendent Bret Apthorpe is leaving to lead Jamestown City Schools Sept. 1. Whelan is the longest serving superintendent in the Starpoint district, stepping down in June, 2016 a…

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Nicholas A. Harms stood shoeless in a driveway Tuesday morning about the same time a nearby house was reported on fire in the Village of Hamburg, according to documents filed Wednesday in Village Court. Harms' shoes were found on the front lawn of the house that was on fire, Lt. Matthew H. Cullen stated in the criminal complaints charging Harms. All this took place a…

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A pylon and one of the docks are gone from Hamburg's boat launch, thanks to Mother Nature. It took a Hamburg Town crew a half hour to find the dock after it floated away, according to Highway Superintendent Tom Best Sr. "It was down on the rocks, closer to Hoak's tavern down there than our Town Park," Best said. "I'm afraid it's beyond repair." He said he has con…

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Woodlawn Beach State Park will not have swimming Saturday, because there are not enough lifeguards. Many of the lifeguards are college students who have returned to school, Hamburg Recreation Director Martin Denecke said. This happens every year toward the end of August, he said. In these cases, the town alternates swimming at Woodlawn and at Hamburg Town Park, which…

Three people jumped from a second-story window to escape a fire in a Hamburg home early Tuesday morning. Two firefighters were also taken to a local hospital after battling the blaze at 95 Rosedale Ave., according to the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department. Two vehicles, a garage and part of the house caught fire. At least two of the people who jumped out of the house …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…