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Barbara O’Brien


Organized labor is pushing for more local workers on the construction of the FedEx distribution center in Hamburg, and a union member has filed a lawsuit contending that tax breaks for the project are illegal.As bulldozers clear trees and level earth along the huge site on Route 5 just south of the Ford plant, supporters of the project say local workers are well represente…

Education

Which will it be?The Alphas, Dragons, Jaguars, Knights, Legends, Lancaster Pride or the Redhawks?Lancaster Central School District posted professional artist renderings of seven possible mascots on the district website Monday.Students in grades four through 12 are scheduled to vote Tuesday and Wednesday on which mascot they want, and the School Board is scheduled to have t…

Erie County

Stand in the newly reopened Hamburg Public Library and check out patrons walking through the door for the first time as they look around at the circular two-story addition. Then watch their jaws drop in amazement.The huge skylight and 10 large windows bring the light indoors during the daytime.And at night, people on the street look through windows and see inside the abstr…

Truck after truck barreled down Woodlawn Beach this spring, taking winter’s storm debris from the swimming section to a large pile away from the recreation area.There the black, pulpy debris will sit until September, in a row that is 25 feet high and 25 feet deep, running along one-quarter of the mile-long beach.Woodlawn Beach State Park opened to the public Memorial Day w…

Attendance at Thursday night bingo at St. Cyril & Methody Macedonian Orthodox Church has dropped in half since a car ran into a sign in front of the church on Lake Avenue in Hamburg, and now the church wants to erect a digital sign.“We had saved up for a couple years. We wanted to get a digital sign,” Nicholas M. Necovski, vice president of the church, told the Hamburg Tow…

Buffalo

Jesse Clipper may have walked past Michigan Avenue and William Street on his way home from a music club, or when he went to work at the American Palace laundry, but no one knows for sure.What is known is that the young Buffalo musician went to fight in World War I, and was injured several times. Although he lived to see the Armistice signed on Nov. 11, 1918, he never made …

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It was a place of great joy, and sometimes of sadness, where nuns gave praise and sought comfort as they knelt for morning and evening prayers and daily mass. Now the light wooden pews where the women prayed, and the kneelers that held their bent knees as they fingered their rosaries over a half century, are on their way from the old Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph mother…

Education

Will the Redskins return to Lancaster?Not if newly elected School Board member Brenda Christopher has anything to say about it.“To even entertain the idea of bringing the name back is not anywhere on my radar,” she said a day after she and running mate Kelly Depczynski defeated two incumbents who had voted to retire the mascot. “We’re so past that.”The issue of the Redskin…

A slate of three candidates was elected to the Hamburg Central School Board Tuesday.Michael F. McGarry and Robbin D. List were elected to three-year terms and Richard G. Schneider won a one-year term. Amy N. Brodfuehrer was fourth. The results mean List, who had been serving on the board, will drop off the board until his new term starts in July. List had been appointed to…

If it’s barbecued chicken you’re after Tuesday, you have plenty of options, and most of them are in schools.It used to be residents going to vote on school budgets could count on seeing artwork from schoolchildren and possibly a concert that evening, but the bar has been raised.In recent years, many districts, including Grand Island, Lake Shore and Starpoint, have had scho…

There will be a Democratic primary in the race for town supervisor in Cheektowaga.Town Clerk Alice Magierski, who lost the party’s endorsement to Town Board Member Diane M. Benczkowski, said she plans to challenge Benczkowski in the primary.“I feel it’s important that voters get a choice,” Magierski said.Magierski said she does not believe that the vote by the committee is…

Education

It used to be when you looked up chaos in the dictionary, it said Hamburg Central School District.In the past year:• There was so much shouting at one School Board meeting that the gavel broke as it was pounded for order.• The superintendent, who gained public sympathy and support after vandalism to his car, resigned in disgrace after admitting he drove the car into a wood…

Hamburg overcame a big hurdle toward getting more “quiet zones” at railroad crossings Monday night when Town Board members agreed to take over parts of two Erie County roads.“I think the county handling of this matter has been shameful,” Supervisor Steven J. Walters said, adding that the county was holding residents living near the railroad crossings “hostage.”The board ag…

Hamburg Democrats endorsed a newcomer for the Town Board seat over the incumbent councilwoman.Democrats endorsed Thomas M. Best Jr. for the four-year term in a secret ballot, Town Democratic Chairman Michael P. Quinn Jr. said. Coming in second was Cheryl Potter-Juda, the current councilwoman who was elected nearly two years ago.Last month, Potter-Juda said that if she did …

They come in cut-off jeans and T-shirts, jump up and down, and leave after the graduate they came to see walks across the stage.That’s what high school graduation looks like to Frontier Central School Board Member Janet MacGregor Plarr, and she doesn’t like it.“There is no decorum. People are up and down and going outside and smoking,” she said. Minutes before the board Tu…