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Where we live: Hamburg


There will be contests for school board seats in the Hamburg and Frontier school districts next month.

Six people running for two, three-year terms on the Hamburg School Board: Candy Ditkowski, incumbent Thomas F. Flynn III, Cameron Hall, Gary R. Klumpp, Andrew S. Loeb and Kevin R. Steffan.

Incumbent Holly Balaya is not seeking re-election.

At Frontier, incumbents Janet MacGregor Plarr and Jack D. Chiappone are facing opposition from Davis Podkulski. The two top vote-getters will win five-year terms.

Elections are May 20.

Meanwhile, the Hamburg School Board has approved a three-year contract with about 35 maintenance workers who are members of Local 200, Service Employees International Union.

They will receive a pay increase of 2 percent in each of the first two years, and an increase of 2.5 percent in the third. The contract also features an increase in the sick leave conversion payment at retirement.

Superintendent Richard Jetter called the agreement “historic,” because it was reached in less than two hours during two separate meetings.

Also this week:

• The Town Board will hold a work session at 6 p.m. Monday in Conference Room No. 1 in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave., followed by a regular meeting at 7 in the board room.

• A meeting of the Village of Hamburg Recreation Commission begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Village Hall, 100 Main St.

• Chris Murawski of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers will talk about “What is in Your Water” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium of the Gateway Executive Office, 3556 Lake Shore Road. The public is invited to the illustrated presentation, sponsored by Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center.

• The Village of Hamburg’s Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Village Hall.

• The annual community cleanup will start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the Town and Village of Hamburg and Village of Blasdell. Groups can register by calling 627-3670. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hamburg Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave.

• Saturday is the opening of the Hamburg Farmers Market, which will run from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the village municipal parking lot, with entrances on Main and Union streets.