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The Hamburg Central School District has been recognized as one of the most innovative districts in the country for its efforts to train every district employee in how to recognize mental health issues. District Administration magazine recognized Hamburg as one of 45 Districts of Distinction. The designation honors school districts that are using new ideas to solve chall…

Buffalo

Five people were rescued with only one minor injury Sunday afternoon, as a significant boat fire at Woodlawn Beach State Park brought out the U.S. Coast Guard, Hamburg firefighters and several good Samaritans. Coast Guard officials launched one of their small boats from Station Buffalo after receiving a report of a boat fire at 5:11 p.m., said Lt. Junior Grade Kyle Maxe…

Local News

Hamburg had great plans for Woodlawn Beach State Park when it took over operations eight years ago, and this year's Memorial Day was a perfect example of what the town thought was possible: nearly 1,100 cars in the lots, traffic jams around the beach, and plenty of fun to go around. A beach that historically has been best known for water that was deemed unsafe for swimm…

Hamburg

A house fire in the Town of Hamburg resulted in a partial roof collapse Monday as firefighters from Lakeview Fire Department and nearby fire companies battled to snuff out a blaze on Rosewood Terrace, a dispatcher for the Hamburg Town Police Department confirmed Monday. Firefighters were reported to still be on the scene of the fire at 10:30 p.m. The dispatcher said …

Crime

Two men who tied up and strangled a homeowner during a Hamburg home invasion were sentenced to prison, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn said Thursday. On Aug. 19, 2017, the two men wore masks and unlawfully entered a home on Schultz Road in the town and left with a television, jewelry, cellphones and food. Cedric Townes, 31, of Buffalo, was sentenced by St…

Erie County

More than 21,000 first responders in Erie County, including officers in 11 police agencies, as well as civilians, know how to administer naloxone, the opiate rescue drug, to someone who has overdosed. But patrol officers in four communities do not carry the lifesaving drug, and mothers who have lost children to opioid overdoses are asking them to place the drug in their…

Amherst

A 19-year-old from Amherst was arrested Tuesday night after police said he drove more than 100 mph on the Thruway with a blood-alcohol content more than double the legal limit. Macayl Kunkle was pulled over at about 9:15 p.m. on the Thruway in Hamburg and failed field sobriety tests, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said. Deputies did not disclose his BAC reading, but s…

Local News

Blasdell residents were expecting Lake Avenue to have been repaired last year, and when it wasn't, the village canceled the Memorial Day parade for safety reasons. Community members should get some answers at a public information session from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday  in Blasdell Elementary School, 3780 South Park Ave. "Many residents are understandably frustrated …

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Hamburg Town Board members appointed a former Erie County legislator, state senator and Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority chairman to the town Zoning Board of Appeals Monday night. Raymond F. Gallagher, who also served on the board of trustees for Erie Community College, will replace longtime board member and vice-chairman Shawn Connolly, whose term expires June…

An 84-year-old man with a cognitive disorder was reported missing in the Village of Hamburg on Saturday evening, Hamburg police said. A Silver ALert was issued at about 7 p.m. for Robert L. Stuhr, police said. Stuhr is reported to have Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or a related cognitive disorder. Stuhr was wearing gray or black pants with suspenders and a plaid shir…

Hamburg

Weidner's BBQ will be back at the Erie County Fair this August for its 62nd year, despite a fire that destroyed the barbecue chicken stand at last year's fair. "We've been here too long not to come back," said Ryan Gerber, son of owners Charles and Mary Gerber. "Not every fairgrounds can say they have vendors for 62 years," said fair CEO and Manager Jessica Underberg…

Crime

Six businesses in Hamburg, Angola, Evans and Irving have been cited for selling alcohol to minors, the State Liquor Authority announced Monday. The businesses cited were Angola Lake Side Market, Turtle Joe's Sand Bar and Chick's Restaurant and Lanes in Angola; Castaways in Evans; The Public House on the Lake in Hamburg; and Cabana Sam's Sunset Bay Grill in Irving, the a…

Hamburg

Hamburg Town Board members have decided they are not interested in a public/private sports facility with the Toronto developer who proposed building one at the corner of Camp Road and Southwestern Boulevard. Supervisor James M. Shaw said he brought the matter to the full board after he talked with Toronto developer Marty Starkman, who wanted to build a $30 million publi…

Saluting Our War Heroes

When Dave Trageser was a teenager, his father had a big job at Bethlehem Steel – assistant superintendent of the coke ovens in Lackawanna. That meant Trageser's dad could afford some of the better things in life. For his son, it meant an education at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. After graduation, he might have even landed a job that would put him on track to becom…