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Nancy Miosi took a good look at the top. She was about to climb onto a midway ride known as the Sky Wheel or more generally as the double Ferris wheel, and Miosi realized she had forgotten one thing since she rode it as a teenager in the 1960s at the Erie County Fair. At almost 80 feet at its peak, this was one tall ride. Still, Miosi had promised to join her 9-year-…

Buffalo

A four-day baseball camp starting Monday in the Village of Hamburg will benefit immigrant children from West Side Community Services, announced State Assemblyman Sean Ryan. Transportation and baseball instruction will be provided by the village's Department of Parks & Recreation with staff members driving the children to and from the West Side center at 161 Vermont …

Gusto

You could always count on seeing horse racing during the Erie County Fair. This year you'll also be able to see a new kind of competition: drone racing. More than 50 drone pilots from around the world will compete in the race on Aug. 10 and 11, one of three master-level events conducted internationally this year. It's one of many ways the fair is a paradox: It is …

Cheektowaga

Maria Tennant of Lancaster believes she has all the reason she needs to want a sign on her street advising motorists that a child with autism lives there. That reason is her 2-year-old son, who was diagnosed in January “Unfortunately children on the spectrum are fearless and will run into the street without cognizance of what or whom is around them," she said. "A few…

Business

Alliance Homes, a 30-year-old custom homebuilder, has broken ground on the first phase of its newest residential development, with 20 homes planned for the Autumnwood neighborhood in Lancaster. Located off Bowen Road near William Street, the new residential area will offer lots ranging in size from a quarter-acre to just under one acre, while house designs include ranch…

Politics

Rep. Chris Collins, in a rare meeting with reporters since his indictment on insider-trading charges, insisted Tuesday he is in "no rush" to decide on running for re-election, while maintaining his innocence. Collins said he’s still considering whether to run for re-election in 2020. If he does, he said, he would have a "properly funded" campaign. "It's still July of…

Hamburg

July 3, 1955 — July 25, 2019 Attorney Dennis C. Gaughan adopted an unusual courtroom practice when he advised his clients to apologize to police officers, recalled Hamburg Town Justice Carl W. Morgan. “The offense was usually not too egregious in misdemeanor court, but it made me chuckle,” Morgan said. “It wasn’t unusual for him to get choked up when he was advocatin…

Courts

A retired Hamburg police captain who was arrested following a domestic disturbance at his home in May is facing additional charges of harassing officers during that incident, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Christopher P. Monaco, 42, of Hamburg, was arraigned before Hamburg Town Justice Gerald P. Gorman on two counts of second-degree harassment,…

Business

Level Financial Advisors, a fee-only financial planning and investment firm based in Amherst, has opened a new satellite office in Hamburg. The new office, located at 4535 Southwestern Blvd., is designed to initially provide a place for existing and new clients to meet with the firm's advisers as appointments are scheduled. A senior adviser also will use the space as…

Obituaries

Nov. 18, 1936 — July 18, 2019 Wyndham Eaton, of Lake View, retired president of Eaton Equipment Corp. in Hamburg, died July 18 in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a long illness. He was 82. Born in Buffalo, he was a hockey player at Nichols School, graduating in 1955, and earned a bachelor’s degree in business in 1959 from Brown University, where he was captain of…

Courts

Michael E. Pietrocarlo sat in the back of the courtroom Tuesday morning while three of his daughters were sentenced to prison for assaulting him. None of the three sisters, who inflicted years of abuse upon their now-73-year-old father, apologized to him. Elissa M. Pietrocarlo said she was "sorry that the whole thing happened." Grace M. Pietrocarlo said her only d…

Courts

A Hamburg man pleaded guilty Tuesday in State Supreme Court to second-degree rape, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 23-year-old Eric Clark admitted to having engaged in sexual intercourse with a girl who was less than 15 years old on Oct. 31, 2017, at a location in West Seneca. Clark faces a maximum of seven years in prison wh…

Business

Developer Anthony Cutaia won a major boost for his plan to turn the former Immaculata Academy property on South Park Avenue into apartments after the Hamburg Industrial Development Agency approved about $3 million in tax breaks that will carry the $26.7 million project over its financial hurdles. Cutaia's Rane Development wants to convert the school building at 5138 Sou…

Business

Kay Jewelers soon will open a store in Benderson Development Co.'s McKinley Plaza in Hamburg. The jewelry retailer this summer will move from its location in the McKinley Mall to the shopping center at 3670 McKinley Parkway, south of Milestrip Road, said Eric Recoon, Benderson's vice president of development and leasing. Kay is taking space that has been vacant since Be…

Religion

Three Hamburg priests — on leave of absence since being accused of inappropriate remarks at a party with seminarians — are being returned to their assignments, Bishop Richard J. Malone announced Saturday. The reinstatement of the Rev. Arthur E. Mattulke, pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Church in Hamburg; the Rev. Patrick T. O’Keefe, parochial vicar of SS. Peter and Paul; a…