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Working as a clerk for an insurance company in Manhattan, 21-year-old Robert J. Kenefic was earning money to resume his college education. But he ran out of cash while studying at Iona College and did not want to take out loans. So he found work. Then Uncle Sam found him. By way of a draft notice, Kenefic embarked on a different kind of education. It left him shaking…

Hamburg

Town budget season is wrapping up and it has been a mixed bag for property owners across Western New York; some communities are trumpeting lower tax bills for residents and others looking for services to cut to avoid an even higher tax burden. The story is similar in two neighboring Southtowns communities. Taxes in West Seneca will go above the cap next year, while Hamb…

Hamburg

More than 350 children from 140 families in the Southtowns are wearing new jackets, boots, sweaters, snow pants, mittens and hats because of the Warm the Children drive. This is the 12th year the Rotary Club of Hamburg has sponsored the program, with volunteer shoppers accompanying families to Sears in McKinley Mall, where they select warm clothing for their children. D…

Hamburg

The heartbroken parents of a 5-year-old Hamburg boy who died in a tragic Thanksgiving Day accident said they know their little boy — who was born on Christmas — is with Jesus. James R. Walsh, a kindergartner at Union Pleasant Elementary School, died after he was accidentally struck by his father who was backing a vehicle out of a driveway, Hamburg Village Police said. …

Erie County

To some folks who live, work or run businesses in the Town of Hamburg, this is a whopper of a story. Others might find the whole thing kind of cheesy. The Hamburg Water Tower committee announced Saturday that graphic designer Dylan Cownie has won a competition to design artwork for the town’s water tower — a rusty, old structure that will someday wear the look of a l…

Hamburg

A 5-year-old child died Thursday in a motor vehicle accident on Woodview Court in the Village of Hamburg, police said. Village of Hamburg Police said Thursday evening they are still investigating the accident, which happened at about 2:20 p.m. A Mercy Flight was requested for child struck by an automobile at that location, according to emergency communications. The r…

Hamburg

Village of Hamburg merchants are gearing up for Green Friday and Small Business Saturday this week, in a push for customers to support local shops and restaurants. The Village Business Advisory Committee has commissioned a trolley to take shoppers throughout the village for free from noon to 4 p.m. Friday and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. There will be multiple stops through…

Hamburg

Santa Claus will arrive by train in the Village of Hamburg's historic Erie Railroad Depot at the corner of Scott and Union streets at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 1. Traveling aboard a train pulled by a steam locomotive, he will then spend the day inside the depot at Artcraft Toy Trains where he will meet with children. Parents are encouraged to take free pictures with St. Nick. S…

Erie County

Sunday is the final day of the Western New York Railway Historical Society's 37th annual Greater Buffalo Train and Toy Show. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Event Center on the Erie County Fairgrounds, 5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg. The show features several working model railroad layouts, and about 400 tables of model trains and railroad-related collectibles for sal…

Education

Sue Andelora feels like she has seen it all in her 20 years as a nurse at Frontier Central Middle School, from asthma attacks and broken arms, to headaches, stomach aches and earaches. And she's good at knowing what to do, but as a registered nurse, she can't make a diagnosis or initiate treatment. That is about to change. She'll be able to help a doctor or nurse pra…

Hamburg

When Daniel Parshall got his draft notice from the Army in 1966, he went immediately to the Air Force to sign up. Just out of college, he had been working as an engineer in Illinois. He passed the Air Force exam, but his physical was delayed. With the clock ticking down on his draft notice, he turned to the Navy four days before he had to report to the Army. The Navy…

Local News

A former Hamburg village recreation attendant on Wednesday admitted stealing more than $150,000 from the village over six years, state and county officials said. Joanne Erickson, 54, stole cash intended to pay for after-school and children's summer programs, as well as recreation hall rental fees. An investigation and audit by the state Comptroller's Office discovered t…

Crime

An increased police presence was called for Tuesday at Frontier High School in Hamburg after Frontier Central School District officials said they were made aware of an online threat against the high school. A statement released by the district said the increased police presence would continue for the duration of an investigation by Hamburg Police as officers track down …

Hamburg

Declaring that previous property tax increases are not sustainable, Hamburg Supervisor James M. Shaw has come up with a tentative budget that holds the line on taxes. Shaw, who is nearing the end of his first year in office, said there is a lot of pressure to increase spending in the town, but residents are looking for relief. He said the tax rate outside the villages w…