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Where we live: Hamburg


Penn Dixie will be open over Spring Break for fossil collecting and some spring nature programs, including a session on “Who Pooped at Penn Dixie.”

The former quarry will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 12, but it will be closed Easter.

Collectors may bring hammers, chisels and collecting bags, and may keep all the fossils they find. Staff and volunteers will guide visitors to better collecting areas and describe what Western New York was like when it was 20 to 30 degrees below the equator and covered by warm tropical seas.

Spring Into Nature programs also will be offered from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays over spring break. They include Become a Wetland Detective, Monday and April 6; Who Pooped at Penn Dixie, Tuesday and April 7; Spring Bird Walk, Wednesday and April 8; What’s Beneath Your Feet, Thursday and April 9, and Searching the Penn Dixie Skies, Friday and April 10. Family Wilderness Preparedness will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 11.

There is a charge for these programs, with special family discounts, and preregistration is requested by leaving a message at 627-4560. Fossil collecting is included with registration for each of the programs.

Also, brochures about Frontier Central Community Education spring classes for adults and children are available at the Community Education office’s new location in the Frontier Educational Center, 5120 Orchard Ave. The brochure and registration also are available online at

This week:

• The Hamburg Village Board will conduct a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Village Hall, 100 Main St., to develop a mission statement for the village.

• Housing Opportunities Made Equal – HOME – and the Town of Hamburg are providing free fair housing and landlord-tenant counseling, including information and resources concerning rights under landlord-tenant and fair housing laws, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Hamburg Department of Community Development 6122 South Park Ave.

• The town Planning Board will conduct a work session at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in Room 7B of Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave. The board is to discuss the proposal from St. Francis High School that includes construction of a new field house, removal and replacement of the existing track and field, and replacement of the existing gravel parking area with new asphalt. The board also will conduct a hearing on a request from Wegmans to expand the parking lot at its store on McKinley Parkway.

• The Hamburg village Recreation Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Youth Center, 200 Prospect Ave.

• The Hamburg village Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Village Hall, 100 Main St.