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Pet Connection Announces Special Events for August

Pet Connection Programs, Inc., a special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla, will be participating in several special events during the month of August.

Shelter volunteers will be at Village of Blasdell concerts every Wednesday evening in JFK Park selling dog and cat totes filled with treats and toys. Remaining concerts will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

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Windham Professionals to Host Open Interviews on August 10

EAST AURORA, N.Y. - Windham Professionals, a national debt management company, will host open interviews for student loan collectors and supervisors from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 10, at the company’s Southtowns location. Windham is located at 300 Gleed Ave. in East Aurora.

 The company is looking to fill 10 collector positions and additional supervisor positions by Aug. 16. Interested individuals are invited to stop by and learn about the company’s Elite Collector Program and sign-on bonus plan. These full-time positions offer flexible scheduling; health, dental, vision and disability insurance; and a 401(k) plan. 

Battin Opticals to Open Boutique in Hamburg

HAMBURG, NY -- The Town of Hamburg Planning Board approved the site plan for Battin Opticians to move onto South Park Avenue in the Town of Hamburg.

The project inclues a 1,400 square-foot addition to an existing brick home on the corner of South Park and Walker Place, accross from the Walgreens that is also curently under construction. Construction is expected to begin shortly and end in November, when the store will be ready for business.

Hamburg Village Summer Concert Series

The Village of Hamburg Summer Concert Series continues until the end of August. Concerts are held every Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at Hamburg High School. In case of rain, the concerts are moved into the Union Pleasant Elementary School.

August concerts:

  • 4 - Boston Town Band
  • 11- Crash Cadillac
  • 18- Tom Stahl and the Dangerfields
  • 25- Kokomo Time Band

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Local Golfer Records Rare "Albatross" at Briarwood C.C.

HAMBURG, NY -- The only thing more rare than a hole-in-one in golf, is the double eagle, also known as an "Albatross", and former Frontier HS golfer Trevor Burke achieved the rare feat Saturday at Briarwood C.C. in Hamburg.

The 20-year old Burke recorded  a two on the par 5,  547 yard  7th hole at Briarwood by hitting a 290 yard drive off the tee, followed by a 257 yard 3-wood on his second shot that rolled into the hole.

Burke will start his junior year at John Carroll University in Cleveland this fall, where, no surprise here, he is a member of the golf team.

Hamburg Farmers' Market Continues Through November

HAMBURG, NY -- A thirty year old tradition, the Hamburg Farmers' Market will run Saturdays (rain or shine) through November 6, 2010 from 7:30 a.m. through 1 p.m. in the Village of Hamburg Municipal Parking Lot.

Local farmers and vendors sell seasonal delicious and nutritious fresh produce, farm fresh eggs, breakfast burritos, frozen corn fed beef, home-made pierogies, pastas, fresh sauce and pesto, maple syrup, honey, jams and jellies, cheese and cheesecakes, baked goods, home-made fudge, spices, rubs and teas, fresh & dried flowers including unique perennial hand-cut flowers by the stem or arrangement, plants and shrubs, fruit and veggie plants, beeswax candles, hand-made goat milk soaps and lotions and more. A complete list can be found at this link.

Lackawanna Crash Shuts Down Route 5; Corrections Officer Charged

LACKAWANNA, NY - A corrections officer is now facing DWI and vehicular assault charges after an accident that left a passenger in his vehicle with a severe head injury. 

The accident happened just before 11 p.m. Sunday night and shut down Route 5 for at least 5 hours. 

Police say Randall Labedz, 48, of Hamburg, was heading home  with his wife and another couple when the Jeep he was driving collided with an on-coming tractor trailer. Labedz was towing a boat and was headed west on Rt. 5 when he went off the right side of the road, apparently overcompensated and crossed three lanes of on-coming traffic before striking the truck.

Denise Lufland, 41, of Buffalo is in critical condition in the trauma unit at ECMC. Her husband was not hurt.

Labedz and his wife were both treated and released from ECMC.

Labedz appeared on the charges in Lackawanna City Court Monday where bail was set at $5,000.