HAMBURG, NEW YORK –

All the canned food items have been counted and weighed.  This year we collected a grand total of 96,555 lbs. for FeedMore WNY !  Our largest, single day food collection.  What an incredible outcome! From 2013 to 2019, the average total was 46,000 lbs.

“FeedMore WNY is beyond grateful to the Erie County Fair for hosting this year’s food drive and for the community’s incredible support. Your generosity will make a profound difference in the lives of tens of thousands of Western New Yorkers living with food insecurity. Through our nearly 400 partner agencies, this food will provide more than 80,000 meals and an opportunity for a brighter future. Thank you for continuing to support our mission,” said Tara A. Ellis, FeedMore WNY president and CEO.

You can still support FeedMore WNY at the Erie County Fair.

  1.  Visit the 97 Rock booth located outside of Slade Park for the remainder of the Fair. You can spin the Santoro’s Pizza Prize Wheel with your donation for the chance to win Santoro gift cards and more.
  2. Stop down to Hamburg Gaming to purchase a commemorative Buffalo T-Shirt or Beach Towel with proceeds to benefit FeedMore WNY.  Purchase both and receive a $10 food voucher to use at the Fair.

About the Erie County Fair – The Erie County Agricultural Society is a private not-for-profit membership organization. Established in 1819, the Society is the oldest civic organization in Western New York. The mission of the Erie County Agricultural Society (ECAS), sponsors of the Erie County Fair, is to preserve and enhance, by educational endeavors, the agricultural and historical legacy of New York State. The Fair strives to fulfill appropriate aspects of the agricultural, educational, entertainment and recreational needs of Western New York. The 2022 Erie County Fair concludes on August 22nd  (www.ECFair.org).


Orchard Park, NY – Scott P. Horton, a labor & employment attorney at Horton Law PLLC, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2023 for Employment Law – Management. This is Scott’s 10th consecutive year receiving this recognition.

“It is always a high privilege to be acknowledged by my peers for the work I do on behalf of clients.” Horton notes. “It’s an especially great honor to have maintained that appreciation for the past decade.”

Best Lawyers® lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee in exchange for recognition. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Based in the Buffalo-Niagara metropolitan area, Horton Law PLLC advises management in labor, employment, and education law matters throughout New York State. The firm represents public and private employers across industries such as education, manufacturing, healthcare, professional services, and non-profit organizations.


After eight years leading People Inc., President and CEO Rhonda Frederick announced she will retire in April 2023. Frederick ’s retirement plans will bring to a close a remarkable career of 43 years of service at People Inc.

“Rhonda’s contributions over her career have been extraordinary, not only to People Inc., but to the fields of disability and senior services across the region and State. Our People Inc. staff, board and our many partners feel privileged to work with Rhonda and are enormously grateful for her dynamic leadership,” says JoAnne Hudecki, People Inc. Board Chairperson.

The board of directors will oversee the process to choose Rhonda’s successor and has hired Catapult Executive Coaching to assist. The Catapult team will support the Board’s Transition Committee as part of a phased plan including an executive search and stakeholder engagement process.

“Rhonda shared her retirement plans with the Board of Directors last year, giving us plenty of time to prepare the organization for the transition,” says Hudecki. “We are pleased to be working with Catapult and the senior team on a planful process that will take us in to next year. Rhonda has made a priority of building a strong leadership team and we’re working together toward a seamless transition.”

“I know our organization and community will be in good hands with our Board of Directors and the exceptional leadership team and incredibly dedicated staff who will carry our work forward. The strong culture of People Inc., and the deep commitment to the mission and values and future-oriented vision are what makes this place so amazing. I’m looking forward to our work over the next year to maintain momentum leading to what comes next for this outstanding and impactful organization,” says Rhonda Frederick, People Inc. president and CEO.

People Inc., a multispecialty non-profit health and human services agency, provides programs and services to more than 12,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, families and older adults throughout Western New York and the Greater Rochester region. Since 1970, People Inc. has assisted people to achieve greater degrees of independence and productivity. With nearly 4,000 employees, People Inc. is one of the region’s largest employers. To learn more, visit people-inc.org, follow People Inc. on Facebook or Twitter @PeopleIncNews.


Harmonia Collaborative Care is hosting a CarePanion Open House for caregivers or individuals interested in learning more about the senior care program and for the rewarding and flexible job opportunities available. CarePanions provide in-home, non-medical support for seniors with the goal of keeping them independent in their homes.

Open House

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

3pm – 6pm

6722 Erie Road (Rt 5)

Derby, NY

716-670-1200

CarePanions provide comfort and companionship to seniors in need of help based on an hourly fee. Some individuals may qualify for assistance from the Erie County Department of Senior Services. Individuals may also receive services through private pay.

CarePanions find a sense of fulfillment in helping to make the lives of seniors more manageable by running routine errands, assisting with meal preparation, and performing light housekeeping.

CarePanions have flexible schedules and can set their own hours.  Part-time positions are available.  Harmonia is currently looking for interested individuals to work days.

Harmonia’s Senior Services Program Coordinator, Jennifer Gunia and CarePanion staff will be available to share their experiences and insights.

For more information or to apply in advance, please send a cover letter and resume to Beverly Eagan at [email protected]. Or, by calling the Senior Services direct line at 716-670-1200.


WHAT           Opening Ceremony of the Erie County Fair

WHO              Erie County Fair Representatives, Commissioner Ball from NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarcz, 2022 Ultimate Fairgoer, 2022 Scholarship Recipients, Erie County Fair All Star Band, Fireworks, Erie County Sheriff’s Flyover

WHEN           Wednesday, August 10th

WHERE         Historic McKinley Gate, McKinley Parkway, Hamburg Fairgrounds

TIME             10:30am Opening Ceremonies, Opening at 11am

Hamburg, NY – The 182nd Erie County Fair will officially open to the general public at 11am.  There will be a short ceremony beginning about 10:30am at the Fair’s historic McKinley Gate.  The program will also include remarks by Fair Officials, Commissioner Ball from the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, introduction of the 2022 Ultimate Fairgoer and the 2022 scholarship recipients. The national anthem will be performed by the Erie County Fair All Star Band followed by a flyover by the Erie County Sheriffs and a flurry of fireworks by Skylighters of New York.

Special Events

  • Gate Discount Offer – bring 4 cans of food to benefit Feedmore WNY and receive free admission to the Fair.
  • Midway Game Inspection – The Erie County Sheriff’s will be inspecting the midway games to ensure they are fair for our guests.  Inspection will begin around 11:15am
  • Ceremonial Keg Tapping – To celebrate the Best in Show Homebrew and Cider, a ceremonial keg tapping will take place at 5:00pm at Grapes and Hops (located on 42nd Street) at the Erie County Fair.
  • NEW!  Daily Firefighter Honoree Ceremony honoring David Morales, a member of the Getzville Fire Company.  The ceremony will take place outside of the Firemen’s Building at 6:00pm and will be a daily occurrence during the Fair.
  • Daily Flag Retreat Ceremony During the ceremony the American flag, which was flown during that day at the Fair, will be lowered and presented to a veteran and/or active military member of the military who will be the “Flag Retreat Honoree of the Day.” This ceremony is beginning August 8th at 6:30pm in Slade Park and happening every day of the Fair.
  • The Fab Four – The Ultimate Beatles Tribute will perform in The Buffalo News Grandstand starting at 8:00pm.  This is a free show.
  • Skylighters Fireworks presented by Channel 2 On Your Side – Opening Day will end when Skylighters of New York lights up the night sky.  The show is scheduled to begin at 9:30am.

The 182nd Erie County Fair will be held August 10th – 21st, 2022 (www.ECFair.org).


RANDOLPH, N.Y. — Aug. 9, 2022 — Randolph Academy, which supports, empowers and educates children in grades K-12 with emotional and mental health disabilities, has hired Dr. Kristin Garaas-Johnson as its new Director of Curriculum and Special Education. She joins the two-campus district having most recently served as Principal and Supervisor of the LoGuidice Educational Center at Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, where she had been since 2020.

Among her duties, Dr. Garaas-Johnson will work collaboratively with the Administrative Team to ensure that proper program supports are in place for all students, including related services, behavioral assessments and action plans. She will also assist in bringing new students into the district. Additionally, she will help professional and support staff to implement best practices in collaboration and instructional design, while supporting the building principals in their day-to-day operations of the district’s Randolph and Hamburg campuses.

“We’re looking forward to Kristin’s leadership in new curriculum initiatives and instruction, with a specific focus on special education,” said Randolph Academy Superintendent Danielle Cook. “Many of our students have unique needs, and her background and research interests align nicely with those needs.”

Garaas-Johnson, who holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of North Dakota, has spent more than two decades working in traditional and special education. Prior to BOCES, she served as Director of Education and Principal of Jamestown, N.Y.’s Gustavus Adolphus Learning Center, which provided trauma-informed education to students with significant learning challenges.

“I am very excited to have joined Randolph Academy and its many talented professionals,” Garaas-Johnson added. “The work they perform in the areas of Restorative Practices and Normative Culture is impressive, serving as true experts in these progressive learning approaches across Western New York. I’m excited to add my skills and experience to our senior administrative team to increase our students’ chances for success, both as learners – and one day, adults and professionals.”

Garaas-Johnson’s career has also included such roles as Vice Principal for Academics at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, N.Y.; teaching positions with the Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School and several school districts in North Dakota, Colorado and Minnesota; faculty adjunct and support positions with Trocaire College, North Dakota State University and Minnesota State University-Moorhead; and educational consultant, leading external review teams for school system accreditation.

She also holds a master’s degree in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University-Moorhead, a bachelor’s degree in English Education from North Dakota State University, and an associate’s degree in Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities from Minot State University.

Raised in Fargo, N.D., she currently resides in Fredonia, N.Y., with her husband, Craig, and their two daughters — and two rescue Chihuahuas.

About Randolph Academy
The Randolph Academy Union Free School District supports, empowers and educates children in grades K-12 who have a variety of emotional and mental health disabilities stemming from various causes and conditions. The nearly 200-student district is comprised of a residential campus, whose origins trace back to the 1860s in Randolph, N.Y. and serves students from throughout the state, and a day school in Hamburg, N.Y., which serves students from dozens of districts across Western New York.

With a flexible structure and non-traditional classrooms, it focuses on the power of relationships to help students achieve academic progress, with the goal of graduating high school and preparing for life as productive adults. Its staff are experts in Normative Culture, a sociological method using positive peer pressure to influence behavior rather than a system of rules, and Restorative Justice, an alternative to suspensions and other punitive approaches. Learn more at www.randolphacademy.org.


For Immediate Release:  August 4, 2022

Hamburg, NY – After a brief hiatus, The Southtowns Regional Chamber of Commerce is bringing back their annual Member Recognition Reception. Chamber members nominated local businesses that best accomplish the characterization of each award category; Impact, Innovation, Community Involvement, Non-Profit of the Year, and Business of the Year.  Voting was then opened to the public to choose the top three and the winner in each category was the business with the most votes. Nominees will be recognized at the event where the winners will also be announced. The nominated businesses include:

Impact – Hamburg Development Companies, O’Brien’s West End Inn and People Inc.

Innovation – PITCH Hamburg, Southtowns Radiology and Your CBD Store, Hamburg

Community Involvement – Clyde’s Feed & Animal Center, Jeff Leyonmark – An Affiliate of the Wolf Agency and Lockwood’s Garden Center

Business of the Year – Jay’s Barber Shop, Southtowns Salt Cave and The Grange Community Kitchen

Non-Profit of the Year – Harmonia Collaborative Care, OLV Human Services and Ten Lives Club

“We feel it is always important to honor our hard working business owners, and even more so now with the state of the economy over the last couple of years. It is not easy owning and operating a business and we believe they deserve to celebrate their accomplishments”, Cyndi Matla-Executive Director Southtowns Regional Chamber of Commerce

The reception includes one hour open bar with cash bar to follow, hors d’oeuvres, and a brief award presentation at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant in Blasdell from 3-6pm on August 25, 2022. We encourage everyone in the business community to come on out and celebrate with their peers. Tickets are available for purchase on the SRCC’s website www.southtownsregionalchamber.org under the Annual Events tab or call 716-649-7917 to find out how to get involved.  A big thanks goes out to the event Sponsors, The Hamburg SUN, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Graycliff, Jeff Leyonmark (Wolf Agency), Urban Air, Great Erie Federal Credit Union, FranNet of WNY, and the Hamburg IDA.

The Southtowns Regional Chamber of Commerce is a dedicated local business membership organization that works as a resource for entrepreneurs, corporate business leaders, and community efforts to help improve quality of life, economic development, and tourism of the Southtowns region of Western New York.  For press quotes contact [email protected]

 


This Event is Free & Open to the Public
WHAT: The Best in Show Cider will be featured and sampled.
WHO: Winning Brewer Patrick McPartland of Kenmore, NY
Phil Gigliotti, Cider Maker and Brand Ambassadors from Buffalo Cider Hall
Erie County Fair representatives
WHEN: Thursday, August 4, 5-7pm (Keg to be tapped around 5:30p)
WHERE: Buffalo Cider Hall, 155 Chandler Street, Buffalo

The winning recipe from the best in show 2022 Erie County Fair’s Home Hard Cider Making Competition will be featured at a free community event on Thursday, August 4th at Buffalo Cider Hall, 155 Chandler Street, Buffalo.
This year’s winning cider, a “Hop Cider” was created by Patrick McPartland of Kenmore, NY. A panel of judges and master judges evaluated the submissions according to nationally recognized USACM Cider Style Guidelines.
A complete listing of winners is available online at: https://www.ecfair.org/p/food-drink/erie-county-fair-hard-cider.
The 182nd Erie County Fair will be held August 10th – 21st, 2022 (www.ECFair.org).


Here at Rayzor’s Dawg House in Eden New York we are so excited to be Celebrating National Hot Dog Day tomorrow Wednesday July 20th, 2021

Please HELP a SMALL BUSINESS spread the Good word to your audience.

1 FREE Hot Dog to EVERYONE

only @ RAYZOR’S DAWG HOUSE, EDEN N.Y.

Any additional Hot Dogs will only be;

.99 Cent HOT Dogs with an order of Fries

(up to 3 Dogs @.99 each per an order of fries)

We also offer MANY any other types of food;

Burgers, Cheeseburgers, Foot Longs, Fries (curly or straight) Sweet Potato Fries, Onion Rings

All Our Food is Fresh and Grilled on Charcoal Grill.

Penalty Box Ice-Cream Shop is inside Rayzor’s Dawg House

We know there is NO better way to top off an amazing Lunch or Dinner;

PERRY’s Ice Cream or Up-State Soft Serve (Chocolate, Vanilla, Twist)


HAMBURG, NY – The Best in Show Winning entries from both the homebrew competition and the cider competition will be ready for you to sample in a couple weeks.

The keg will be officially tapped on the 2022 Erie County Fair Craft Beer during a free community celebration from 5:00-7:00pm at Hamburg Brewing Company, 6553 Boston State Road, Hamburg on Thursday, July 28th. This year’s winning brew, a “Dark Mild” developed by homebrewer Jesse Walters of Cheektowaga, was named “Best of Show” during the Erie County Fair’s 2022 Home Brew Competition.  The event will feature samples of the winning homebrew.

The winning recipe from the best in show from the 2022 Erie County Fair’s Home Hard Cider Making Competition will be featured at a free community event on Thursday, August 4th at Buffalo Cider Hall, 155 Chandler Street, Buffalo.  This year’s winning cider, a “Hop Cider” was created by Patrick McPartland of Kenmore.  This event will feature free samples of the winning Erie County Fair Cider from 5:00-7:00pm.

These competitions have only been made possible with our partners from Try-It Distributing, Hamburg Brewing Company and Blackbird Cider Works.

These are just two of the thousands of competitions available to enter annually at the Erie County Fair  Some deadlines are as early as Friday, July 15th, be sure to visit www.ECFair.org for more information.

About the Erie County Fair

The Erie County Agricultural Society is a private not-for-profit membership organization. Established in 1819, the Society is the oldest civic organization in Western New York. The mission of the Erie County Agricultural Society (ECAS), sponsors of the Erie County Fair, is to preserve and enhance, by educational endeavors, the agricultural and historical legacy of New York State. The Fair strives to fulfill appropriate aspects of the agricultural, educational, entertainment and recreational needs of Western New York. The 2022 Erie County Fair will be held August 10th – 21st  (www.ECFair.org).