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Hamburg Supervisor updates snow removal process

HAMBURG, N.Y.- As crews work to clean up the several feet of snow that fell across part of Erie County, many Hamburg residents, especially those in the Lakeview area, say they're still buried in and have gotten little help in getting out.

We've seen many calls and tweets like the ones below.

Hamburg Town Supervisor Steven Walters says they're starting to make progress with state equipment that arrived Friday evening.

"We started receiving a large influx of snow removal equipment and so we're making a lot better progress today. We're looking at we're about 80 to 85 percent into the subdivisions that the roads are now passable," Walters told 2 On Your Side in a phone interview.

There is no longer a travel ban in Hamburg, but there is an advisory for necessary travel only.

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Frontier schools closed while engineers assess roofs

HAMBURG, NY – The Frontier Central School District is closed until engineers decide the district's school buildings are safe for students, according to an announcement posted to the district website Friday.

School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe writes in the announcement that the roofs of all district school buildings have been deemed unsafe due to snow build-up.

The statement reads in part:

"NO ONE can go into our buildings until I give the ok. The district architect and their structural engineers have advised that our roofs are all dangerous. They are holding more weight than designed. We have a plan to address this problem, but NO ONE is to go into any district building until I give the ok. The forecast of rain is only going to make this situation more dangerous."

Multiple companies respond to fire in Hamburg

HAMBURG, N.Y. - Multiple fire companies responded to an early morning fire on Pinehurst Court Sunday.

Firefighters say it started on the first floor and then spread to the upper level. Firefighters contained the flames to the inside of the home.

A third alarm was called because of the cold temperatures.

"Well we're short on man power. Also it's cold. We've got to rotate our crews in and out," said Lake View Fire Assistant Chief Mark Szczepanik. "We didn't really know what we had early on, so just to be safe we kind of got some extra equipment coming."

Firefighters say the house was occupied but all the residents got out safely. They didn't say how many people lived in the home.

Investigators are trying to determine a cause. There's no estimate on damages.

Banner falls from plane, lands on house in Hamburg

HAMBURG, N.Y.- A large banner that was being flown by a plane fell on top of a house on Briercliff Drive in the Town of Hamburg Tuesday evening.

The banner did not do any apparent damage to the house, and a 2 On Your Side photographer on the scene says it appears no one was hurt.

2 On Your Side spoke to the pilot off camera, who said he was having engine trouble and had to dump the banner, or risk the plane and banner both going down. The plane was able to land without incident.

A viewer sent us a tweet on Twitter telling us about the banner.

The pilot says he's not sure what was causing the engine problem.

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Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Fundraiser

HAMBURG, NY - Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer and on Sunday there was a special event to raise awareness and money for research.

It was all part of the fifth-annual Shine a Light on Lung Cancer fundraiser at the Hamburg Fairgrounds.

There was plenty of entertainment, food, basket raffles and activities that serve to educate people on common misconceptions surrounding lung cancer.

According to organizers, lung cancer kills more people than colon cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer combined.

All of the money from the event will benefit the Lung Cancer Alliance, which works to fund a cure.

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Book-signing Event with Jim Ostrowski

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Book-signing Event with Jim Ostrowski


Dog Ears Bookstore, located at 688 Abbott Road in Buffalo, will host author Jim Ostrowski for a book-signing event at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15.

Ostrowski is a trial and appellate lawyer from Buffalo. His book, “Progressivism: A Primer on the Idea Destroying America,” was released in September.

Lighting of the Lights to Transform Nearby London into a Winter Wonderland

Lighting of the Lights to Transform Nearby London into a Winter Wonderland


The wonder of winter begins officially in nearby London, Ontario, on Friday, Nov. 28, when beautiful Victoria Park is transformed into a true Winter Wonderland! There will be a variety of seasonal entertainers and at approximately 6:45 p.m., the mayor and city officials will lead everyone in a series of Christmas carols until the switch is turned on and the park is magically transformed for the holidays! Festivities will begin at 6:15 p.m.