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Erie County is waiting to hear if there will be a federal emergency declaration, and with it, federal assistance, in the wake of the destructive windstorm Halloween night. It appears that the damage to publicly owned infrastructure has met the threshold required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to Daniel J. Neaverth Jr., commissioner of Erie County'…

Education

All those bald heads at Frontier Middle School the last three years are getting some thanks, after raising more than $95,000 to fight cancer. The school has participated in the Goin' Bald for Bucks the last three years, and it was the top fundraiser for two consecutive years. Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer recognized the school Tuesday for its outstanding support.…

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Ever notice how many of the wind turbines on the old Bethlehem Steel property along Lake Erie don't rotate, even on windy days? Now we know why. The company that manufactured parts for the turbines went bankrupt, and the owner of the turbines in Lackawanna and Hamburg can't get replacement parts. Now the company that owns them, Erie Wind, a subsidiary of TerraForm…

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Hamburg Town Board members are poised to approve a $48.75 million budget that raises taxes 2.5%. The proposed 2020 budget would increase spending by 1.5% – and includes nearly $150,000 in additions the board made to Supervisor James M. Shaw's tentative budget. "Spending is up a little bit because we didn't cut as deeply into the summer help in Buildings and Grounds,"…

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Hamburg's Hometown Heroes banner project is looking for participants for its eighth year. Banners with a veteran's name and photo are hung from utility poles in the Village of Hamburg from April until just past Veterans Day. The family receives the banner at the end of the year as a keepsake. The program can accept 40 applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. T…

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The Erie County Agricultural Society doesn't charge Frontier and Hamburg school districts to use its event center for their annual graduation ceremonies. But that doesn't mean it's free to the districts. The subject of free rent came up after Town of Hamburg officials started talking about placing a surcharge on tickets and parking at the fairgrounds. Representatives…

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Hamburg planners have determined the proposed asphalt plant on Camp Road could have potential adverse effects, which will require the owner of the plant to prepare and submit an environmental impact statement. AL Asphalt wants to construct the plant on the manufacturing property that used to be a concrete plant. An asphalt plant is allowed in a manufacturing zone, but a…

Business

A trio of Southtowns brothers with a family-owned development firm have completed the second phase of a small apartment project in Hamburg, doubling the number of units available. The Woods at Bayview now has 30 two-bedroom apartments among its two three-story buildings, located on formerly vacant land at 4779 South Park Ave., near the intersection with Bayview Road. …

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State assessment teams will be in Western New York Friday to calculate the damage to public infrastructure, according to Hamburg Emergency Services Manager Sean Crotty. "We are aware the damage sustained is not limited to the Hoover Beach area. If your home sustained damage from the Halloween Storm, we need you to notify us so you can be counted in the damage assessment…

Crime

The Niagara Falls man accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend at the McKinley Mall was arraigned Monday on a charge of second-degree murder, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday. Keith Sparks, 44, was arraigned before Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan. Prosecutors allege that on Sept. 25 at approximately 2 p.m., Sparks fatally stabbed his ex…

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Attorney John J. Gilmour won a wide-open race Tuesday in Erie County's 9th Legislative District, The Buffalo News declares. Gilmour, a Democrat and political newcomer, defeated another first-time candidate in Republican Ryan R. Stang to represent Hamburg, Lackawanna and South Buffalo in the Legislature. The two squared off for the seat being vacated by Lynne Dixon, w…

Hamburg

Hamburg's Town Board will have a new look next year, with the election of two newcomers. The race took shape earlier in the year, when incumbent Republicans Tom Best Jr. and Michael Mosey lost the Republican primary to Amy McKnight, director of activities at Autumn View Health Care Facility and a former part-time worker for the town, and law student Daniel N. Celani. …

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On a scale of 1 to 10, the Halloween night storm that pounded homes at Hoover Beach in Hamburg was an 11, Jack Schultz said. "I thought I was living in a castle, we had a foot of water around the house," Schultz, 86, said. Schultz made out OK. He had 3 inches of water in his basement, a few leaky windows and lost some shingles. His next-door neighbor lost the front o…

Buffalo

Tight budgets, driven by costly mandates and tax caps, have some municipalities looking beyond taxpayers for money to run the government. Niagara Falls wants to collect $5 for each car parking at Niagara Falls State Park, and Buffalo is figuring out how to add up to $3.50 to every ticket sold at KeyBank Center and other venues. Now Hamburg is talking about placing a …

Health and Fitness

Jordan Berkhoudt has been diagnosed with pediatric rheumatoid arthritis, pain amplification syndrome and mitochondrial disease since he first experienced achy legs in grade school as part of a continuing mystery that gradually robbed him of his ability to walk. All missed the mark. “Doctors at first could only explain it as growing pains,” said his mother, Michelle. …