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Barbara O'Brien


Hamburg

Ever notice how many of the wind turbines on the old Bethlehem Steel property along Lake Erie don't rotate, even on windy days? Now we know why. The company that manufactured parts for the turbines went bankrupt, and the owner of the turbines in Lackawanna and Hamburg can't get replacement parts. Now the company that owns them, Erie Wind, a subsidiary of TerraForm…

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Hamburg Town Board members are poised to approve a $48.75 million budget that raises taxes 2.5%. The proposed 2020 budget would increase spending by 1.5% – and includes nearly $150,000 in additions the board made to Supervisor James M. Shaw's tentative budget. "Spending is up a little bit because we didn't cut as deeply into the summer help in Buildings and Grounds,"…

Deaths

May 11, 1940 – Nov. 11, 2019 The Rev. William J. Gallagher, a Catholic priest for 50 years, made lifelong friends at every parish he served. It may have been his piety, sprinkled with a bit of rebel mixed with a dose of common sense, that attracted friends and strangers alike. He had a knack for making them feel like family and his best friend. He was known for we…

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Hamburg's Hometown Heroes banner project is looking for participants for its eighth year. Banners with a veteran's name and photo are hung from utility poles in the Village of Hamburg from April until just past Veterans Day. The family receives the banner at the end of the year as a keepsake. The program can accept 40 applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. T…

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Orchard Park Town Board members took their sharpened pencils to spending and revenues in the proposed 2020 budget, bringing the proposed 12% tax hike down to a 5% increase. "We did a lot of cutting, we found some revenue," Supervisor Patrick Keem said. The owner of a house that sells for $250,000 will see a total tax bill increase of approximately $30 to $50, dependi…

History

When Dick Gabel talked to first graders on past Veterans Days, he always tried to get across to them that war is terrible. It's something he knows firsthand. Gabel, 71, a Perrysburg town councilman for 41 years and Perrysburg volunteer firefighter for more than 50 years, kept the bullet that a sniper shot him with 50 years ago in Vietnam during a battle that killed h…

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Three of the leaders of the West Seneca Republican Party are in their 20s. Two are still in college. The chairwoman had worked on a couple of judicial campaigns but did not move to the town until 2017. Yet this unlikely foursome pulled off the improbable: Getting a Republican elected supervisor for the first time in half a century. Along with winning the supervisor's…

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The Erie County Agricultural Society doesn't charge Frontier and Hamburg school districts to use its event center for their annual graduation ceremonies. But that doesn't mean it's free to the districts. The subject of free rent came up after Town of Hamburg officials started talking about placing a surcharge on tickets and parking at the fairgrounds. Representatives…

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Hamburg planners have determined the proposed asphalt plant on Camp Road could have potential adverse effects, which will require the owner of the plant to prepare and submit an environmental impact statement. AL Asphalt wants to construct the plant on the manufacturing property that used to be a concrete plant. An asphalt plant is allowed in a manufacturing zone, but a…

Conor Flynn is not taking anything for granted, even though he is 91 votes ahead of incumbent Michael Sherry in the race for Orchard Park councilman. He is waiting for the final tally of the race, which is to take place later this month, but he seems in awe that people he doesn't know took the time to fill in the ballot for him. "I'm really honored that anyone vo…

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State assessment teams will be in Western New York Friday to calculate the damage to public infrastructure, according to Hamburg Emergency Services Manager Sean Crotty. "We are aware the damage sustained is not limited to the Hoover Beach area. If your home sustained damage from the Halloween Storm, we need you to notify us so you can be counted in the damage assessment…

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Hamburg's Town Board will have a new look next year, with the election of two newcomers. The race took shape earlier in the year, when incumbent Republicans Tom Best Jr. and Michael Mosey lost the Republican primary to Amy McKnight, director of activities at Autumn View Health Care Facility and a former part-time worker for the town, and law student Daniel N. Celani. …

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Orchard Park voters decided five heads are better than three on the Town Board, voting to increase the size of the board. Two additional Council positions will be added to the ballot in the 2021 election. The new board members would be sworn in Jan. 1, 2022, one to a two-year term and one to a four-year term. That will end Orchard Park's seven-year experiment with a thr…

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West Seneca on Tuesday elected its first Republican supervisor in 50 years. Gary Dickson, a retired FBI special agent who moved to town two years ago declared victory over his two opponents, former School Board member James R. Lawson and Councilman Gene Hart. Dickson, who had the Republican, Conservative, Green and Independence lines, had a commanding lead as early r…

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On a scale of 1 to 10, the Halloween night storm that pounded homes at Hoover Beach in Hamburg was an 11, Jack Schultz said. "I thought I was living in a castle, we had a foot of water around the house," Schultz, 86, said. Schultz made out OK. He had 3 inches of water in his basement, a few leaky windows and lost some shingles. His next-door neighbor lost the front o…