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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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 …

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You don't have to ask John Strates to imagine what would have happened at the Erie County Fair if the tornado that took down 50 trees and caused up to $3 million damage to the fairgrounds blew through just three weeks later, after the fair opened. "You can just look at the Labor Day storm of the New York State Fair. You can take it from that. Your answer is right there,…

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Union Pleasant Elementary School in Hamburg has come up with a different way to encourage reading over the summer. Principal Jacqueline Peffer and Assistant Principal Nicole Lauer are "reading around the village" with their students. The next round will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Gunther's Hill in Woodview Park. Students bring a book, and something to sit on, and t…

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The grumbling around bingo tables in churches and clubs started in June as word spread of a new state law that prohibited people under the age of 18 from playing bingo. "It's not like you're taking them to a casino," said Sue Koepnick, who started playing bingo at age 10. "Why can't they play a little bingo?" Like many of today's bingo enthusiasts, Koepnick, 47, …

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Damage at the Hamburg Fairgrounds from the July 20 tornado is estimated to reach $2.5 million to $3 million, but Erie County Fair CEO Dennis Lang said Thursday that insurance will pay for the repairs. "Our insurance coverage will be stressed to the limit," he said. He said 95 percent of the debris has been removed. Repairs to air conditioners, roofs, signs, building …

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Many people may be chanting "Lock them up!" Sunday in Hamburg when the Hamburg Historical Society unveils its newly restored "village lock-up." The small village lock-up was located on Center Street in the Village of Hamburg from 1895 to 1915. Society members restored the wood building and three jail cells to match descriptions in society records. And to help pay for…

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Just days after one of three damaging tornados put the Hamburg Fairgrounds directly in its sights, Erie County Fair organizers are now cleaning up the considerable damage, but they are also taking some time to celebrate the area's resilience. A T-shirt which proclaims "I survived Fairnado" is being promoted on the Erie County Fair's Facebook page. "Thank-you again fo…

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Call it a collision of politics and good old Western New York can-do attitude. The cleanup after the tornado that struck the Erie County Fairgrounds was well under way Thursday afternoon when an aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo asked that the cleanup be delayed – until after the governor arrived, fair CEO Dennis Lang said. "I said, 'You're kidding, right?'"Lang said he…

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It was Day 4 of Media Camp at Hilbert College in Hamburg Thursday and the nine school-aged campers had just returned from a field trip to the Edward Cotter – the Buffalo Fire Department's historic fire boat – to learn about how to do a feature story. Then a tornado touched down just a mile down South Park Avenue and turned the day into an unexpected lesson on brea…