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Hamburg's Palace Theatre, the place to see movies in the village since 1926, is asking for a little help from its friends. The movie house can receive a $300,000 state grant for renovations, but it must pay for $75,000 of the work. So a former employee has started a GoFundMe campaign to  help raise the money. "The theater has so much potential and I would really like…

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It's been 20 years in the making, but construction is expected to start within a year on the $6 million project to prevent waves from Lake Erie from crashing over Route 5 in Athol Springs. New York State and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have signed an agreement on the project, according to Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and the Corps. Schumer said it's time to …

Buffalo

Ronald C. Williams has served prison sentences in three states for child sex abuse felony convictions over the past 28 years. But Williams' penchant for sexually abusing children goes back to when he was a K-9 patrolman on the Buffalo police force and volunteered with the Boy Scouts, according to Bob O'Donnell of the Town of Boston. O’Donnell said Williams, who had b…

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A buzzer-beating finale to regulation play Wednesday, in a game between two of Western New York's original unified basketball high school teams, is gathering appreciative attention on Twitter. The shot from the lane by Frontier Central High School's Reid Heinrich against visiting Eden High School pushed the contest into an overtime session that ended in a tie. Rich Koza…

Crime

A Hamburg man with two prior convictions for driving while intoxicated was charged with felony DWI Sunday night after Orchard Park police said he fled the scene of a crash. An Orchard Park police officer saw a pickup driver run a red light and crash into another vehicle at the intersection of Southwestern Boulevard and Orchard Park Road about 10:40 p.m. Sunday, poli…

Hamburg

This time the holdup is not a question of money. Plans for a new seawall and buffer to prevent Lake Erie waves from crashing across Route 5 in Athol Springs are finished, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ready to start construction. And, the federal government will provide 100 percent of the funding for the estimated $6 million project. But the corps is waiting …

Crime

The 73-year-old Hamburg man was on a computer in his kitchen on Sept. 9, 2017, when his wife accused him of defiling her name to a friend. That's when his three daughters attacked. One daughter choked him from behind, forced him to the ground and stole $1,100 from his pocket. Then the other two joined in and kicked and punched him, according to Erie County District Atto…

Hamburg

Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve will be teaching teachers about fossils while working with the American Museum of Natural History in New York City for the next five years. The educational partnership will bring science teachers to Penn Dixie in Hamburg to learn from scientists while collecting fossils to bring back to their classrooms. The first group of teach…

Hamburg

Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Preserve opens for its 24th season Saturday. The public can participate in guided fossil tours and unlimited collecting of ancient creatures, including the park's famous fossil, the trilobite, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults; $9 for seniors, military and students, and $7 for children. There is no admission charge for…

Amherst

Level Financial Advisors, a fee-only financial planning and investment management firm in Amherst, plans to open a Southtowns satellite office in Hamburg in July. The firm, with six financial planners, said its assets under management exceed $400 million for the first time – just over two years after achieving $300 million in late 2016. The 40-year-old company, which re…

Business

Evans Bancorp's first-quarter profits rose by 12 percent during the first quarter, fueled by double-digit loan and deposit growth. The parent company of Evans Bank said it earned $3.7 million, or 75 cents per share, compared with $3.3 million, or 68 cents per share, a year ago. The bank's loan portfolio grew by 10 percent to $1.2 billion, although the percentage of i…

Business

Ruby Tuesday of Hamburg has abruptly closed its doors. A person answering the telephone at the restaurant at 3454 McKinley Parkway on Monday confirmed that it closed Monday. No reason was given. A sign on the door announcing the closing greeted visitors. This is the second Hamburg restaurant to close this month, after Friendly's closed locations in Hamburg, Lancas…

Buffalo

The creation of affordable housing and a fresh food market downtown in place of a surface parking lot 201 Ellicott St. drew praise at the Buffalo Planning Board meeting Monday, where only one speaker opposed the project because of the lack of parking. "I think it's about time we encourage people to walk," board member Horace A. Goia said. About 10 people spoke on the…

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For decades, Paul R. Garland didn't tell his family that he had shielded a mother and her two children from a shower of shrapnel when he served in the Korean War. He says he never thought it merited mention. To him, he was just doing what was expected of him. But as time passed and his four children grew up, his youngest, Mark, known as the “curious one,” finally suc…