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Karen Robinson

Karen Robinson is a suburban reporter for The Buffalo News. She covers Lancaster and Depew.


The Eden Central School Board on Wednesday night hired three contractors to make nearly $150,000 in renovations to Grover L. Priess Elementary School, including replacement of the district's leaky bus garage roof by September.The board awarded the $93,550 general construction contract to Allgaier Construction of Clarence and hired R. G. Rechin Inc. of Derby for $16,220 in …

The Hamburg Village Board Monday night agreed to borrow up to $215,000 to pay for the unexpected Pine Street sewer emergency repair that has left part of the street closed for a month.The board voted to bond a maximum of $215,000, if necessary, to complete the job that village officials now say may be completed within one week. The proposed maturity of the bonds will not b…

Eden's newly adopted mobile home park law has the owner of the only trailer park in the town upset."We've been here since the 1930s, and now, all of a sudden, they want to include a new law to have more control over things -- and to make it impossible for another trailer park to develop" in the town, said Doris Clark, owner of the Eden Valley Trailer Park on Bley Road."The…

Eden town officials again are struggling with the controversial drainage problems that continue to plague the Weller subdivision between Schoolview Drive and Jennings Road, and want to meet soon with developers to address the problems.Next week, Supervisor John S. Tsakos plans to tour drainage trouble spots throughout the town with Highway Superintendent Ronald A. Maggs an…

The field of candidates for Boston Valley Elementary School principal will be narrowed to four by mid-July and the Hamburg Central School Board is expected to fill the post at its Aug. 6 meeting.The search, which began in mid-May with the announced resignation of Greg Gibbs, attracted 32 applicants for the position whose pay was advertised by the district as in the $60,000…

The Eden Central School District is considering a technology program that would set up a computer network among its three buildings and provide advanced learning tools.The School Board Wednesday night agreed to hire Habiterra Associates, a Jamestown-based architectural firm, to work on the project. School officials said it is too early to estimate the project's cost but th…

The Eden Central School District is looking to develop an extensive technology project that, when completed, would establish a computer network among its three buildings and provide advanced learning tools.The School Board Wednesday night agreed to hire Habiterra Associates, a Jamestown-based architectural firm, to work on the project, which is still in its infancy. School…

The Hamburg Central School District may soon be forced to borrow money to pay some of its operating costs if it doesn't receive the $2.5 million June state aid payment owed to it, district officials said Tuesday night.The district has so far been able to meet its expenses and handle teacher payroll, but the big chunk of state aid owed to it this month has not yet arrived, …

In an effort to help plug a more than $500,000 budget shortfall due to the failed merger of the Hamburg town and village police departments, the Village Board Monday night decided to borrow $235,000.Village trustees voted unanimously to issue a maximum of $235,000 in budget notes to help pay for Police Department operations. Under local finance law, the notes cannot exceed…

A heat-transfer equipment company wants to lease the former Hamburg Gold Circle building on Camp Road to expand its business and eventually boost employment by 20 additional staffers, town officials said Monday.Hydro-Air Components Inc., currently based at 1 Elmview Drive in Hamburg's Ravenwood South industrial park, has outgrown its space and wants to move to the site at …

Voters in the Eden Central School District Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a $15.38 million budget for 1996-97, 810-405, increasing spending by 3.9 percent and helping finance a $175,000 renovation project at Grover L. Priess Elementary School.Three newcomers -- two of them backed by a citizens roots organization -- were elected to the School Board in what had become a h…

The Hamburg Central School Board Tuesday night accepted the retirements of 14 teachers, effective July 1, as part of an early retirement incentive package offered by the district.Most of those retiring, including Village of Hamburg Mayor John S. Thomas, a high school health teacher, have taught for 25 years or more.The district stands to save between $82,700 and $331,000 d…

Three candidates backed by a citizens organization are pitted against a two-term incumbent and two other candidates in a heated Eden School Board race focusing on the controversy over a new schedule planned this fall at the junior-senior high school."The semestering (issue) is a catalyst," said Jerry Walters, refering to the schedule change.Walter, 40, vice president for c…

A senior citizens housing project planned for the center of the Village of Hamburg received a financial boost last week with approval for an additional $1 million in bonding -- bringing the total tab to $7 million.The Hamburg Industrial Development Agency approved increasing the bonding to $7 million from the initial $6 million. The developer, ElderWood Affiliates Inc., sa…

The Hamburg Village Board Thursday voted to offer an early retirement incentive to eight eligible employees."I see a savings," Mayor John S. Thomas said after the special meeting. "There can't be a better time" given the village's tight fiscal situation.Even though the village's new budget year begins Saturday, trustees were tight-lipped about how they will handle the budg…