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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…

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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…

Buffalo

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…

Hamburg

Several individuals will be recognized at the Town of Hamburg's 31st annual Youth Bureau service awards and recognition banquet for their dedication to youth development and recreation. The banquet will be held May 7 at Michael’s Banquet Facility. Laura Klein will receive the Michael J. Dundon Service to Youth Award, and Juliet Meade and Brian English will receive th…

Hamburg

Hamburg town highway workers have shown disapproval of their boss by overwhelmingly passing a vote of no confidence in him. It's the latest flap involving Highway Superintendent Ted Casey, the underdog who decisively beat the eight-year incumbent in 2017 to win the job. Since then, he balked at running the Buildings and Grounds Department without a larger stipend, go…

Erie County

The assessed value of McKinley Mall would drop $6.6 million under a proposed settlement reached in a court challenge made by the troubled mall. If approved, the settlement would cost the Town of Hamburg, Frontier Central School District and Erie County more than $300,000 in refunds for overtaxing the mall. The mall, which is the town's largest taxpayer, had sought to…

Hamburg

Bobby Becker probably would have liked that money raised in his name has sent children with epilepsy to summer camp and paid for wrist alerts that can warn of an impending seizure. He might have even liked the new mural on the epilepsy wing at John R. Oishei Children's Hospital. "Bobby was a very caring person, very giving. I think he would like that part of it," sai…

Hamburg

The idea of closing Woodlawn Beach State Park seemed absurd eight years ago, which is why the Town of Hamburg stepped in and took it over. And when New York State said it would run the park again if the town did not renew its lease, that also made sense to the majority of Town Board members, who decided to end the town's operation at the end of this year. It made sen…

Hamburg

The Town of Hamburg has paid a $10,000 state fine because a deck built on the bluff overlooking Lake Erie at Hamburg Town Park violated state law. The state Department of Environmental Conservation told the town that the wooden deck, built in 2017 at the direction of former Highway Superintendent Tom Best Sr., was built in a regulated coastal erosion area without the ne…

Hamburg

Mike Dubke spent less than four months as President Trump’s communications director, but his quick exit did come with a benefit: He didn’t have to give away his Buffalo Bills tickets. “I think I said to somebody on my way out the door, ‘Well at least I’ll make the Bills’ season next year,’ ” Dubke, who grew up in Hamburg, told The Buffalo News in a recent telephone inte…

Hamburg

Hamburg will not be operating Woodlawn Beach State Park after this year. The Town Board Monday voted, 3-2, to end the partnership that had the town running the state beach for the past eight years. "The trend lines of the operation of the beach over last two years have not been encouraging," said Supervisor James M. Shaw, who cast the deciding vote. Losses at the …

Gusto

Hamburg's Palace Theatre is not going anywhere if owner Jay Ruof has anything to say about it. Ruof told the Village of Hamburg recently he will turn down a $225,000 state grant to renovate the 93-year-old movie house because the $75,000 he would have to contribute is too much money. But that doesn't mean the theater is in jeopardy, he said. "I'm not ashamed by any m…

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Anyone who has wanted to explore creative ideas and concepts in a talk that educates and entertains has an opportunity this summer. The Erie County Fair is looking for people to join its series of I-Talks, based on the popular TEDx platform of sharing remarkable ideas. The speaker series is part of the fair's expanded I-Hub at the Fair pavilion, which debuted last ye…

Hamburg

The arrows are in a quiver tied at the thigh. A rider climbs on the horse and lets go of the reins. She pulls out an arrow and puts it on the string as she guides the horse around the ring, using her body and voice to direct it. She launches the arrow to a target as the horse canters in the opposite direction. This is mounted archery — an increasingly popular sport i…