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Looking every bit the beauty queen that she is, Juicy posed for the photographer, her hair perfectly in place, her stature model perfect.“She’s such a diva,” said Erin Present of Clarence. “She’s a princess. It’s her world. I just live in it.”It was indeed a dog’s world at The Fairgrounds in Hamburg Saturday, but not just for any four-legged Heinz 57 variety.No, this was a…

Look for changes in the Town of Hamburg government as a Democratic majority takes control of the Town Board Monday.Some are the usual political appointments, like town attorney and members of various boards.The town board is also expected to create new oversight committees on Woodlawn Beach State Park and fiscal stability.The Democrats are also calling for a new audit of t…

Work on repairing a leaky pipe that had flooded Route 5 in Lackawanna was completed at about 8 a.m. Thursday, but the lane restrictions caused a two-mile-long backup during the morning rush hour.And now two government agencies are saying the other had the authority to reopen the road.Erie County Water Authority crews worked Wednesday and overnight into Thursday to a repair…

The good news is Route 5 in Lackawanna opened to traffic about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.The bad news came when more than 10,000 motorists were trying to get to work in Buffalo and points north, bringing three lanes of traffic into one.But orange cones were taken down and traffic was moving freely through the area by 9:30 a.m. Route 5 had been closed because of flooding caused b…

Hamburg

Candace Hines was wishing she had that snowblower back.The Village of Hamburg resident was hard at work late Tuesday morning, shovel in hand, attacking a deep pile of snow at the end of her short driveway.Hines moved into her house at the corner of Center Street and Long Avenue about a year and a half ago. Her last home was a condo, which meant the snowblower was expendabl…

Erie County

When Alaskan author Eowyn Ivey called her mother to tell her that Ivey’s magical and gritty first novel, “The Snow Child,” had been named the January selection of The Buffalo News Book Club, Ivey’s mother announced the news to a hometown family gathering.“I could hear a big cheer in the background when she told them,” said Ivey.It should surprise no one to learn that the f…

Buffalo

The blizzard that clobbered Buffalo made for a terrible commute home for tens of thousands of people Monday – including a little kindergartner who spent more than three hours on her school bus.Milan Hill, 5, who goes to West Buffalo Charter School on Lafayette Avenue, usually gets off the bus at the YMCA on William Street at 4:15 p.m.Her mother, Orniece Hill, anticipated t…

The harsh effects of Monday’s storm were scattered throughout much of Erie County by late afternoon, well into the evening.Hamburg Town Police were not taking any chances and issued a travel advisory through Code Red calls to their 55,000 residents, urging no unnecessary travel in the entire town, including the villages of Hamburg and Blasdell and surrounding areas – until…

The father of a teen hockey player was arrested Saturday night after police said he attacked the coach for pulling his son from the game during a high school tournament at Leisure Rinks in Orchard Park. Officers from the Orchard Park and West Seneca police departments responded to 911 calls about a fight at the rink on Weiss Avenue where they encountered a large crowd in t…

HamburgHousing Opportunities Made Equal, HOME, will not be holding Hamburg office hours this month. Office hours will resume from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Hamburg Community Development Department, 6122 South Park Ave., next to Town Hall. The open office hours are held on the first Wednesday of each month and are intended to give Hamburg residents an opportunity to r…

Amherst

Michael Mulé started working as a dishwasher at age 16, and for the next 15 years the Amherst native job-hopped through three restaurants eventually working his way up to manager. During this time, Mulé encountered countless customers who were too drunk to drive safely, and he began to realize why they were so reluctant to go home without their vehicles.In 2008, Mulé and b…

This year promises to be another busy year for home- and garden-related events designed to inspire, inform and, well, just provide some fun.Since it’s never too early to plan, here’s a look at some of them. Mark your calendars, and keep an eye on the Friday Home & Style section for other tours, walks and shows you won’t want to miss.• The WNY Home & Garden Expo comes to th…

It’s a new year, but already there is a kerfuffle about scheduling of the annual Hamburg Town Board reorganization meeting.The meeting includes dozens of routine resolutions.There also are a handful of political appointments, such as the town attorney, or chairman of the Planning or Zoning boards, at the reorganization meeting.The Hamburg reorganization is typically held t…