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Teen killed in hiking fall was Hamburg youth hockey player


HAMBURG - The Erie County Sheriff Department has identified 15-year-old Joshua Kuebler of Hamburg as the teenager who fell and died while hiking along the Eternal Flame Trail in Chestnut Ridge Park on Thursday.

Kuebler is described as a lifelong member of the Hamburg Hawks youth hockey program.

According to a statement from Steve Holmes, the president of the organization, Kuebler and his teammates had just begun getting ready for the upcoming season.

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Audit: Hamburg IDA Needs Recapture Policy


HAMBURG, N.Y. -- A state audit shows your tax dollars might be fronting tax breaks for businesses that aren't fulfilling their part of the deal.

The New York State Comptroller's Office reviewed whether the Hamburg IDA is meeting job creation goals.

The audit reviewed twenty-one businesses and found a recapture policy is missing within the project agreement. The policy would allow the IDA to claw back tax benefits if the businesses do not reach the job creation goals.

Brian Butry Spokesman New York State Comptroller said, "Essentially what it is, is a protection for taxpayers in that community, to make sure they're not fronting tax incentives to businesses that essentially have no accountability for the future."

WANTED..........Ultimate Fairgoer 2015!!!!! It Could Be YOU!!!!

WANTED..........Ultimate Fairgoer 2015!!!!!  It Could Be YOU!!!!

Do you or someone you know, REALLY love the Fair???  Do they take vacation time from work to come to the Fair every single day??  Do they just roam the grounds every day of the run of the Fair just to “BE THERE”???  Do they ride the rides and eat all kinds of Fair foods??  Did they take in all the sights and sounds of the Fair every single day of every single Fair??

Well if you can answer YES to those questions, YOU or someone you know might just be the person that the folks at the Fairgrounds are looking for this year!!!  Yes, YOU might even be the next Ultimate Fairgoer!!

‘Double Up Food Bucks’ Returns to Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market on July 4

‘Double Up Food Bucks’ Returns to Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market on July 4

 

The popular Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, featuring nearly 40 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local produce and products, continues on Saturday, July 4. Hours at the open-air market, a program of the Elmwood Village Association, are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine, through November. 

The “Double Up Food Bucks” program is back for a second season and will be available at the market from July 4 through the end of October. The program provides low-income individuals who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits with a $1 for $1 match (up to $20) to purchase fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables. Please visit the Elmwood Village Association table at the market for details. 

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Local High Schools to Host Visiting Drums Along the Waterfront Drum Corps

Local High Schools to Host Visiting Drums Along the Waterfront Drum Corps

 

Drums Along the Waterfront Tour of Champions is excited to bring the top eight drum corps in the world to Western New York. The event will be held from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, and all of the corps will be staying at local high schools as they prepare for the big event.

Cheektowaga Native Rose Rustowicz Receives Prestigious Fulbright Award

Cheektowaga Native Rose Rustowicz Receives Prestigious Fulbright Award

 

Rose Rustowicz, a member of the Maryvale High School Class of 2011 and Rochester Institute of Technology Class of 2015, has been offered a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to Iceland in physical sciences. This announcement was recently made by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Fewer than 2,000 students in the nation receive this prestigious award each year.

 

The Resource Training Center Says Designate a Sober Driver this July 4th

The Resource Training Center Says Designate a Sober Driver this July 4th

 

The Fourth of July is a favorite American holiday filled with fun, food, fireworks, friends and family. But celebrating can quickly turn to tragedy when people choose to drive after drinking. Monica Farrar, director of The Resource Training Center in Amherst, is urging everyone to plan ahead this Independence Day and designate a sober driver! 

“The Fourth of July festivities can be so much fun,” said Farrar. “People make plans for the partying, but too many drivers don’t plan ahead to get home safely.”