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Where We Live: Hamburg


Hamburg High School’s Finance Academy is the latest class to obtain iPads for students.

The school has received a $13,000 Discover Pathway to Financial Success grant to buy 30 iPads and iTunes gift cards to bring new technology to the academy.

Business teacher Krissy Lawrence applied for the grant. She said she was looking to go beyond the traditional methods of instruction to hold the attention of her students and boost their financial skills. She said there are a number of financial literacy “apps” available to help students become savvy in mobile banking, budgeting and the stock market.

“It is our hope that the next generation will have a better understanding of the financial system while utilizing the features of current technologies to manage their money wisely,” Mrs. Lawrence said in her application.

The Finance Academy is a three-year program covering banking and credit, accounting, financial planning and college success skills.

Also this week:

• The Town Park Fitness Center is offering a summer membership special to college students for $50. Town residency is required to be eligible.

The membership includes a resident discount card and parking pass for the Hamburg Town Park and the Fitness Center. Membership also includes one free workout with a personal trainer and a free personalized workout plan. For more information, visit the Town Fitness Center at 4420 Lakeshore Road or call 627-4168.

• The Hamburg Village Board will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m. Monday followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in Village Hall, 100 Main St.

• The town Planning Board will conduct a regular meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 7B in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave.

• The Blasdell Village Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Village Hall, 121 Miriam Ave.

• A representative of State Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, will conduct an outreach from 10 a.m. to noon Friday in the Hamburg Public Library, 102 Buffalo St.

• Earth Day at the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center will be observed from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Volunteers will conduct a site clean up and help remove some invasive species from the site adjacent to the wetlands. Scouts, garden clubs, school and civic groups, and the public are invited to participate in the annual event.