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A national Muslim organization has encouraged Walmart to rehire the Hamburg store employee who was recently fired after he posted derogatory comments about Muslims.The Council on American-Islamic Relations wrote a letter this week to Walmart executive William S. Simon expressing hope that the retail giant will accept an apology from the employee, Terry Earsing, “and if pos…

Gibraltar Steel has acquired a new line of solar-powered ventilation products in a $5 million deal that expands the offerings of its new construction and remodeling product lines.The Hamburg-based building materials manufacturer said it acquired the product line from a Nevada-based supplier that it did not identify. The product line had $4 million in sales last year.Compan…

A hot dog roast to benefit Rootie’s Run, the Town of Hamburg’s dog park, will be held at noon Saturday in the park, 2900 Lakeview Road at the town recreation site. The fenced, off-leash dog area opened in July, 2011, and since then landscaping has been planted, an obstacle course and parking lot installed and running water added. The next project is construction of a shel…

Tempers flared and one Hamburg Central School Board member got fed up and stormed out of Tuesday night’s meeting after another board member wanted to call in the state comptroller and attorney general to audit payments to lawyers.The ruckus came about 45 minutes into the regular portion of the meeting, which started at 8 p.m., after the board had spent two and a half hours…

Hamburg Town Board members are expected to approve a six-month moratorium on electronic signs next month.Board members Monday night scheduled a public hearing at their only October meeting, and if they approve the moratorium, it would be retroactive to Monday.“If it takes a month or so to put in place, there will be a rush of people to apply to try and beat the moratorium,…

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Mr. and Mrs. Carmen Sebastiani of Blasdell celebrated their 50th anniversary with a family dinner in Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant, Blasdell. Mr. Sebastiani and Mary Friedman were married Aug. 24, 1963, in Our Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Blasdell. He is a retired maintenance supervisor for Industrial Service Center, Blasdell, and Bryant & Stratton College; she is w…

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Mr. and Mrs. Raymond C. Haines of Blasdell celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a Mass and blessing in Our Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Blasdell, followed by an intimate gathering of family and friends in Russell’s Steaks, Chops and More. Lancaster. Mr. Haines and Phyllis W. Kasperek were married Aug. 17, 1963, in Our Mother of Good Counsel Church. He …

Orchard Park Garden Club will host “A Salute to the Movies: A Standard Flower Show” from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 1 Fox Run Lane, Route 20A and California Road, Orchard Park. Open to the public; free admission....Hamburg House and Garden Club will host its 25th annual Tour of Homes and Gardens from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets, $12, will be available from n…

A Facebook rant about Muslims by an employee of a Walmart store in Hamburg has prompted the retail giant to fire the man.The derogatory posting on Friday morning was brought to the attention of Wal-Mart Stores executives by a member of the local Muslim community and by a national Muslim advocacy organization.The assistant manager at the Walmart on Southwestern Boulevard in…

Lighting of the star atop the Long Avenue water tower is a holiday tradition in the Village of Hamburg, and Village Board members want to make sure it continues.But the village has received an offer from a cell company it doesn’t want to refuse. Blue Wireless has offered to pay the village $3,000 a month to put antennas on the Long Avenue and Janice Place towers.“It’s an o…

They had been good buddies for decades. They’d gone fishing together in Buffalo and Florida. For about 20 years, Donald L. Miller had hosted Thomas J. Wojciechowski in his mobile home in Florida and taken him on boat and scooter rides.But on Tuesday morning, as he addressed an Erie County Court judge, Miller had nothing good to say about Wojciechowski, the 67-year-old disb…

HamburgVisitors from 38 states, Washington, D.C., and nine countries have searched for trilobites, brachiopods, corals and fossil fish and plant remains this year at the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center, 4050 North St.Special programming continues with a fossil-astronomy program from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Viewing sun spots and solar flare…

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Mr. and Mrs. Anton Culig of Hamburg celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a dinner at home. Mr. Culig and Mary B. Morog were married Aug. 29, 1953, in St. Mary Catholic Church, Welland, Ont. He is retired owner of Blue Ribbon Construction and Tony’s Original Ox and Pig Roast, and formerly worked for W.W. Kimmins & Sons; she is a former nanny and previously worked …

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Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Landes of Hamburg celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a gathering in their son’s home. Mr. Landes and Ellen Feairheller were married Aug. 21, 1953, in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Buffalo. He is a retired police officer in the Hamburg Police Department; she is retired from Hamburg Central Schools. They have two children, three gran…

Southtowns residents who were making plans to attend a fifth production of Hamburg Theatre Under the Stars this Labor Day weekend are out of luck.The director of the all-volunteer theater company known as HTUTS said he could not raise enough money for this year’s show.“We’re skipping a year, and hopefully we can return next year if we get the support,” said Tony Baksa.“We …