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A former Village of Hamburg recreation attendant was sentenced Monday to three months of intermittent incarceration, followed by five years of probation, for pocketing cash payments intended for recreation programs in the village, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. In October, Joanne Erickson, 54, of Hamburg, pleaded guilty in Erie County Court to …

Business

When Hamburg Supervisor James M. Shaw drives around town, he sees plenty of commercial and retail space – and a lot of it is vacant. "The idea is, business people want to have an attractive community that is occupied with thriving businesses. It doesn't look good for further development to showcase main drags that are littered with outmoded retail plazas that are 30 to …

Hamburg

Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns' "Clerk on the Go" outreach program will be in Hamburg from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hamburg Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave. The outreach will feature a ready center to help anyone needing to obtain Real ID and enhanced driver's licenses. The ready center is designed to prepare, not process, and to ensure customers have the proper do…

Amherst

It's a federal program that sends millions of dollars a year to communities for everything from housing repairs to street paving. Local leaders say they can't do without the Community Development Block Grant program. President Trump, on the other hand, wants to get rid of it. He left the $3.3 billion program out of his budget proposal this week — just like he did in …

Cheektowaga

Mayors, trustees and justices will be on the ballots in nine Erie County villages during annual elections March 19. They include: Akron: Mayor Carl E. Patterson and Trustees Michael R. Middaugh and Brian T. Perry, all Republicans, are unopposed. Polls are open from noon until 9 p.m. at Village Hall, 21 Main St. Alden: Incumbent Mark Casell of the Castle Party a…

Buffalo

Megan Mattiuzzo first suspected she was pregnant while doing a photography job in New York City. When she returned to Western New York, Megan's obstetrician at Neighborhood Health Center Southtowns, Dr. Maria Lagopoulos, told her it was true. That was eight months ago or so. Megan, 29, of Hamburg, who works as a fashion and wedding photographer, made an immediate promis…

Columns

Kevin Hines arrives in Hamburg on Thursday, bearing precious witness. He offers the rarest of all perspectives in a nation where the suicide rate climbed by 33 percent between 1999 and 2017, where information released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates suicide is the second-leading cause of death for Americans between 10 and 34. Hines made …

Business

The former Toys R Us store in Hamburg won't be empty for long. Raymour and Flanigan bought it, according to a deed filed in the Erie County Clerk's office last month. The furniture store chain has another store less than four miles away at 3380 Southwestern Blvd. in Orchard Park. There is no word as to whether the company plans to relocate from the Orchard Park location…

Local News

Tons upon tons of ice ended up on the doorstep of homes at Hoover Beach in Hamburg late last month, and on the shoreline at Fort Erie, and the Bird Island Pier. Get used to seeing it; it's not going anywhere soon. But when it does, where will it go? The Hamburg homeowners are especially interested. Will it fall into their houses, or seep into the lake? No one know…

Hamburg

The #BNDrone takes you over the towering piles of ice that remain on Hoover Beach in Hamburg after a Feb. 24 windstorm that brought gusts of over 70 mph off of Lake Erie. (Prefer still photography? Check out our gallery.) https://youtu.be/_Vw6a-QNM4g

Education

Hamburg School District continues its mental health awareness with a community presentation on preventing youth suicide. Kevin Hines, who attempted to take his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in California in 2000, will speak at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium, 4111 Legion Dr. Hines is one of 36 people, or less than 1 percent, to survive the fall from th…

Hamburg

The Town of Hamburg has a message for those who want to see the huge piles of ice hugging the Lake Erie shoreline: Stay away. "We are asking citizens to please STAY OFF the piles. They are comprised of extremely heavy slabs of ice, precariously stacked, are unstable and very hazardous. Their stability is constantly changing," the town's Emergency Services posted on i…

Hamburg

Hamburg Highway Superintendent Ted Casey once used a drawing of the "Best Tree of Nepotism" in an ad to criticize predecessor Tom Best Sr. for the number of friends and family employed by the town. Fast forward 14 months, and it is Casey who has hired his own son as a laborer in the Highway Department. "It wasn’t an easy decision," Casey said. "He approached me a…

Hamburg

You can't do much better for the name of a charity event involving police and volunteer firefighters than Guns and Hoses, and it's this weekend. The second annual Guns and Hoses hockey game between Hamburg town police and members of the Hamburg volunteer fire companies will take place at noon Sunday at the town ice arena at the Nike base, 2983 Lakeview Road. Proceeds…

Education

Hamburg Central teachers will receive raises of 1 percent to 2.25 percent a year under a five-year contract approved by the School Board. Many of the contract’s changes are in the area of professional learning and instructional support for teachers, including a provision to add up to three instructional coaches to advance efforts to use instructional strategies designed…