WHERE                  Buffalo Raceway located on The Fairgrounds in Hamburg; use South Park Avenue Entrance.

WHEN                     Wednesday January 26 and Saturday January 29, first race 6 pm

HAMBURG, N.Y. — The main event on Wednesday’s opening card at Buffalo Raceway on The Fairgrounds in Hamburg, NY will have a six horse field battling in the $12,500 Open II-III Pace for the filly and mares. Fade To Gold is tabbed the 8-5 morning line choice.

Opening night will feature a $3,000 guaranteed Pick-5 pool thanks to the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Program, the Western New York Harness Horsemen’s Association and Buffalo Raceway. The sequence begins in the second race.

Gerry Sarama, the leading trainer at Buffalo Raceway in 2021 with 63 wins, looks to get off to a fast start in 2022 as he will send five to the gate on the program.

Kevin Cummings, who was second in driving victories last year with 77, will see plenty of action to begin the campaign as he is slated to drive in all eight events.

The opening week continues Saturday (Jan. 29) with the return of the Lucky Exacta contest. All fans will receive a limited edition, etched, frosted Buffalo Raceway pint glass which will have an exacta combination. Should that exacta come in between the designated races, fans will be able to spin the prize wheel with a chance to win anywhere from $10 to $100 in free wagers on the last race of the evening.

First post is 6 pm both Friday and Saturday.


HAMBURG, NY – The Erie County Agricultural Society is looking forward to being able to provide enthusiastic fairgoers some sweet deals.

The coveted 12 Day Pass will make its return for the 2022 Erie County Fair after a 2 year hiatus due to the pandemic.  12 Day Passes for the 2022 Erie County Fair will be $45.00 each. The sale begins February 8th at 9:00am, online only, at www.ECFair.org and will continue until the limited supply is gone. Passes allow for one gate admission per day of the Fair.  There is a limit of 4 passes per household and a $5.00 shipping and handling fee will be added to each order.

The 182nd edition of the Erie County Fair will be August 10-21, 2022.   February 8th signifies just 182 days out from the Best 12 Days of Summer.  Admission prices for those 13 and older will be $13.50 online and $15.00 at the gate with a credit card.  Kids 12 & under will be admitted free everyday.  Firefighters and auxiliary members will be free on Friday, August 12 with proper ID.  Veterans, auxiliary members and active military will be free on Sunday, August 14 with proper ID. For a touchless experience, gate admission will be available online (later this year) and at the Fair entrance gates with a credit card payment.   There will be no charge for parking in the lots attached to the fairgrounds.

For the passionate fairgoer that is looking for ways to further support agriculture and its education, there is the option of becoming a member of the Erie County Agricultural Society, the organization responsible for hosting the Erie County Fair as well as various other events and activities throughout the year.  For those 18 years or older, the membership includes one admission every day for the 2022 Erie County Fair, early access to purchase tickets to grandstand events for the 2022 Erie County Fair before they go on sale to the public, member newsletters, an invitation to the Annual Meeting, invitation to the Winter Ball Scholarship Fundraiser and more.   Membership is just $75 per person.  Visit www.ECFair.org to apply.

“These opportunities offer up to 50% in savings off of the individual ticket price to our guests,” said Jessica Underberg, CEO/Fair Manager, “both options offer the opportunity for folks to come to the fair every day.  Since Kids 12 and under are free at the Fair, the 12 day pass is open to anyone 13 years and older, however, only a limited quantity will be sold.  Becoming a member of the Erie County Agricultural Society is open to individuals 18 years and older, gets you into the Fair everyday among other perks and there is no limit on the number of members.”

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 182nd Erie County Fair is scheduled for August 10th -21st, 2022 (www.ECFair.org).


State-of-the-art PET/CT scanner, ultrasound units, and DXA scanners added to outpatient portfolios, and accompany enhancements to breast imaging services and picture archiving systems.

HAMBURG, NY January 21, 2022 – Southtowns Radiology ended a strong year and welcomed 2022 with several technology and equipment upgrades, including new medical imaging scanners and software enhancements. The investments, which total close to $1 million, are fully implemented and available to healthcare providers and patients seeking diagnostic and screening services at both the Hamburg and Orchard Park based outpatient offices.

“With this new equipment, we can continue to offer the highest quality radiology services to patients who live and work in the Southtowns,” said Asha Ziembiec, MD, medical director for Southtowns Radiology. “We believe patients shouldn’t have to travel far for advanced medical studies, including imaging, and we are proud to make investments in our portfolio of devices that supports this belief – and that supports patients who live and work in our communities.”

With implementation throughout the fourth quarter of 2021, Southtowns Radiology is beginning the new year with the following upgrades:
•Siemens Biograph Horizon PET/CT scanner. This technology offers lower radiation exposure, shortened scanned times, and a radiation therapy planning table for optimized therapy planning and positioning. Additionally, it offers high resolution 4mm lutetium oxyorthosilicate (LSO) crystal elements to support the early detection of smaller lesions as well as improved image quality and lesion detectability with Time of Flight™ technology.

Southtowns Radiology offers the only PET/CT scanner in the Southtowns, between the cities of Buffalo and Jamestown, NY. The unit, which was purchased by Alliance Healthcare in partnership with Southtowns Radiology, is mobile and travels to various facilities throughout New York State, allowing it to be a cost effective investment for smaller programs. Currently, scans are available on Wednesdays and Thursdays in West Seneca. Relocation of the scanner to the Orchard Park office is planned for early 2022.

•Eight Canon Aplio i700 Ultrasound units. Using high-frequency sound waves, these state-of-the-art units are able to penetrate up to 50cm within the body, offering crystal clear images at a deeper depth. The device also offers microvascular imaging technology, which allows radiologists to examine very small vessels and determine adequate blood flow throughout the body. The upgrades also include higher frequency linear transducers, providing the ability to obtain extremely clear breast imaging.
Southtowns Radiology offers four ultrasound patient rooms in Orchard Park, and recently opened a fourth room in the practice’s Hamburg office. All eight rooms were equipped with the new technology in late December.

•Two brand new Hologic Horizon DXA systems with One-PassTM technology. Beyond bone density screenings for the detection and treatment of Osteoporosis, the scanners offer healthcare providers and patients the ability to identify vertebral fractures with double resolution, find potential incomplete atypical femur fractures, and provide advanced body composition assessments.

Southtowns Radiology offers DEXA scans in both Hamburg and Orchard Park, with Saturday appointments available.
•Complementary addition of the Tyrer-Cuzick version 8 breast cancer risk assessment tool during standard screening mammography exams. Through the use of artificial intelligence (AI), our Women’s Care breast imaging services can help identify women who would benefit from additional screening, such as breast ultrasound and breast MRI, as well as those who are candidates for genetic counseling and genomic testing. Southtowns Radiology Women’s Care offers 3D mammography in both Hamburg and Orchard Park. All breast imaging includes in-person, same-day results for diagnostic mammograms and most screening exams. Personalized lifetime and 10-year risk assessments, which incorporate breast density scores, will also be provided. These enhancements allow patients and their healthcare providers to have greater understanding around mapping an individualized plan for early detection of breast cancer.

•Upgraded IT servers for the practice’s Picture Archiving System (PACS). Enhancements allow healthcare providers to easily access and view images, compare previous studies, and print radiology physician reports quickly from within their own office.
Southtowns Radiology partners with HEALTHeLINK as the preferred method of providing patient reports to healthcare providers. The practice also offers secure access to most patient imaging and reports for physicians, specialists, and advanced practice providers via Phillips cloud-based technology. Patient images are interpreted by a member of more than 20 board-certified radiologists within 48 business hours of the study.
“We feel like these investments allow us to remain at the cutting edge of radiology services,” noted Dr. Ziembiec. “New technologies are significantly changing the landscape of medical care, especially within the field of imaging. We want to make sure we are at the forefront of these opportunities to support patients and providers. But, above all else, we want to continue to put the patient first. We pride ourselves in caring for people, for our communities. We look at things through the lens of ‘Will this help our team find answers quickly, efficiently, and cost effectively?’ If the answer is yes, it’s a worthwhile investment.”
For more information on Southtowns Radiology and the services provided at their outpatient imaging centers, please visit www.SouthtownsRadiology.com. Appointments for imaging services can also be requested online.

ABOUT SOUTHTOWNS RADIOLOGY
Southtowns Radiology is the third largest medical imaging provider in Western New York and is independently owned by physicians within the practice. With over 20 board-certified radiologists, the practice reads nearly 500,000 screening and diagnostic imaging studies annually. In partnership with Catholic Health, Southtowns Radiology supports radiology departments and interventional services at six regionally-base sites, including Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Sisters of Charity Hospital, and Kenmore Mercy Hospital. Southtowns Radiology also operates nationally accredited outpatient imaging centers in Hamburg and Orchard Park. For more information, please visit www.SouthtownsRadiology.com.

Photos: Southtowns Radiology Logo Southtowns Radiology Ultrasound Technologists Lisa and Lindsay welcome delivery of the new Canon Aplio i700 Ultrasound units in December


Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve is thrilled to share some unanticipated news out of Albany: we’ve been designated as a charter member of a new state geological trail.

An early Christmas present to science and nature enthusiasts, NYS Assembly Bill A04328A was signed by Governor Hochul on December 22, 2021. The act “Provides for the designation of geologically significant areas, territories and sites throughout the state, and for the establishment of a state geological trail” to be managed by “planners, educators, and conservationists.” Included amongst Penn Dixie’s fellow geological resources are Letchworth, Watkins Glen, Whiteface Mountain, and dozens of others.

Assemblymember Jon D. Rivera said, “New York State boasts some of the most robust geological and environmental gems in the Northeast. From Niagara Falls and Letchworth State Park, to the Adirondack and Catskill mountains, our state offers some of the most breathtaking vistas and awe-inspiring hiking opportunities. Through the passage of Bill A04328, New York State will properly recognize our environmental abundance through the creation of a series of statewide geological trails that will provide recreation and conservational awareness to residents and tourists alike.”

Executive Director Dr. Phil Stokes said “We are tremendously proud for Penn Dixie to be honored as one of the first members of New York’s geological trail. We thank Governor Hochul, the Assembly, and Senate for recognizing our park as an economic, scientific, cultural, and conservation gem. Let’s rock and roll.”

Text: https://legiscan.com/NY/bill/A04328/2021
Website: http://penndixie.org
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Penn Dixie is ranked as the number one fossil park in the Unites States, holds a Guinness World Record for largest fossil dig, and welcomes science enthusiasts from around the globe to uncover trilobites, brachiopods, and corals that lived in a shallow ocean 380 million years ago.


Funds Allocated for New State of the Art Digital Scoreboard

 HAMBURG, NY (January 11, 2022) – The Hamburg Alumni Foundation has recently made their largest single donation to the Hamburg Central School District; $285,000 for a new state of the art scoreboard to be installed at Howe Field located at Division Street in Hamburg.

The scoreboard was not included in the school district’s recently approved $68.5 million “Discover 2021” Capital Improvement Project, which will impact programming in academics, social- emotional health, physical education and athletics, music, art, technology and nutrition over the course of 5 years. “The Hamburg Alumni Foundation is thrilled to be able to participate in this exciting project. All the alumni and friends who have generously supported our efforts over the past 20 years have made it possible”, said Kevin Tilley, Hamburg Alumni Foundation President. “When school officials approached us with the need, we saw it as a great opportunity for a true legacy project for all of Hamburg’s proud alumni and for the Foundation Board”.

The new scoreboard will be 5-sport compatible (Football, Soccer, Lacrosse, Field Hockey, Track & Field). It will have video streaming and replay capabilities and can also be used to enhance graduation and other events on the field. There is also a learning component as the programming will be incorporated into the Technology coursework. “The Hamburg Alumni Foundation has been an incredible partner for the children of the Hamburg Central School District. This donation to our Discover 2021 capital project is another demonstration of their unwavering commitment to helping our students ‘create, care, solve and discover’”, said Superintendent Michael Cornell.

The scoreboard will be installed when the Howe Field turf is replaced in the first phase of the Discover 2021 project, that could begin as early as summer 2022. To date, the Hamburg Alumni Foundation has donated over $800,000 to the Hamburg Central School District in grants, scholarships and awards.

About the Hamburg Alumni Foundation

The Hamburg Alumni Foundation is a not-for-profit community organization. The purpose of this foundation is to generate and distribute resources to support and enrich education for all students in the Hamburg School District. Their mission is to contribute to the continued growth and development of the Hamburg School District, and recognize alumni contributions and to inform, involve, and serve members of the Bulldog family.


January 3, 2022 – Tonawanda, NY. – Fresh food, healthy choices and friendly service has become the foundation of success for Co-owners of Rachels Mediterranean Grill. With a number of new locations planned, their newest restaurant, (currently under construction), is located at 3589 Delaware Ave. near Sheridan Drive. It’s the latest example of a strong, successful corporate marketing strategy that’s paved the way for incredible growth.

Rachel’s has teamed up with Concept Construction Corp as their general contractor and construction partner. Vince Ricotta (Concept Construction’s VP of Business Development) says: “It is with great pride that we entered into these agreements with Rachel’s. They have created an incredible concept of their own, experienced enormous success and most importantly, supported it all with a well-developed vision for their company’s future.” The restaurants are being built with all the newest design details, a new and inviting, trademark type exterior as well as many other customer convenience upgrades. Like Rachels, Concept Construction is well known for its exceptional attention to detail, project communications and reliability. It’s reputation for fast tracking projects on behalf of their customers remains key to their long-term business partnerships. “Our business philosophies are so similar,” says Rachel’s co-owner G Khoury, “that is very important to us. Concept and Rachels are in constant communication with each other, which makes for a very smooth project in every way. Confidence and Trust is where it’s at.”

For more information on this project or to find out more about Concept Construction and its services please contact Vince Ricotta or visit our website at www.conceptconstruction.com


HAMBURG, NEW YORK – The Fairgrounds Festival of Lights have teamed up with FeedMore WNY to Shine A Light on Hunger. Our hope is that we can come together as a community to help our neighbors in need during this unique time.

For two nights, Friday December 10th and Saturday, December 11th, bring your non perishable food items with you to the contactless food drive at the Festival Of Lights. Our team of volunteers from FeedMore WNY along with several Amazon employees will take the donation directly from your vehicle when you arrive at the gate. We have a limited number of special gifts from our friends at Tops Friendly Markets, Milk For Health, Upstate Farms, Amazon, WNY Immediate Care, and US Foods.

The Fairgrounds Festival of Lights Drive Thru features a variety of light displays, tunnels and arches. Carload admission must be purchased at www.FairgroundsHoliday.com for the night you want to come. With your purchase, receive exclusive discount offers to Tops Friendly Markets for a variety of products. This is helping to alleviate wait times and traffic problems.

The Fairgrounds Festival of Lights is produced by the Erie County Agricultural Society (ECAS). For more information regarding the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights visit www.FairgroundsHoliday.com.


Hamburg, New York – Santa Claus will make his way to the Village of Hamburg’s historic Erie Railroad Depot (Artcraft Toy Trains) at the corner of Scott and Union Streets by train this Saturday, December 4, 2021.  St. Nick will arrive at between 9-9:30am aboard a train pulled by a vintage 1950s era diesel locomotive. Santa will then make his way inside the depot to Artcraft Toy Trains where he’ll meet with children. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras to take free pictures with Santa. 

This special holiday train arrival is being coordinated by Artcraft Toy Trains in partnership with the Buffalo, Cattaraugus & Jamestown Scenic Railway and the Buffalo Southern Railroad. Now in its 21st year, Artcraft features a large operating toy train layout and specializes in toy trains of all gauges especially Lionel and American Flyer trains. Artcraft is also an Authorized Lionel Service Station and is Buffalo’s only business that services vintage toy trains on premises. 


WHAT: Gates open to the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights Drive Thru

WHO: Fairgrounds Team Members, Winners of the Great Christmas Light Fight

WHEN: Wednesday, December 1st

TIME: Gates open at 5pm, Gates close at 9pm

WHERE: Erie County Fairgrounds

HAMBURG, NEW YORK – Tonight, the switch will be flipped on to illuminate more than one million lights as the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights Drive Thru opens. This Western New York holiday tradition takes place at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg.

This year, brand new displays are featured in the newly designed route as well as the popular arches and tunnels and custom light displays. Additionally, there are several unique static displays designed by the Field Twins of Lakeview, recent winners of the Great Christmas Light Fight.

The Fairgrounds Festival of Lights will be open for 29 nights in December from December 1-31, 2021 (except December 24 & 25). The Festival gates are open nightly from 5:00pm-9:00pm.

Admission to the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights is $20 per vehicle and reservations are required, visit www.FairgroundsHoliday.com to buy tickets. With the purchase of an admission, Tops Friendly Markets is providing exclusive discounts to their stores. There are a limited number of tickets available for each night.

The Fairgrounds Festival of Lights is produced by the Erie County Agricultural Society (ECAS). For more information regarding the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights visit www.FairgroundsHoliday.com.


Hamburg, NY, – The Hamburg Town Board unanimously approved $200,000 in funding through the American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) to ignite Hamburg’s startup business community.

“I think this is a great idea; I’m excited for Hamburg to be part of the venture startup community,” said Hamburg Town board Member, Shawn Connolly as he reviewed the elements of the program’s goals of supporting a community of innovators in Hamburg.

The funding will be used to seed the not for profit startup incubator program over the next two years. These funds will be combined with other donations to support a full-time staff member, develop programming and establish a location for the project, all of these activities in preparation for Pitch Hamburg’s first annual startup competition to be held in 2022.

ARPA funds are restricted grants to municipalities monitored by the U.S. Department of Treasury. These funds can be applied to fund community-based small business incubators and innovation hubs to support the growth of entrepreneurship.

Heather Sidorowicz, owner of Southtown Audio Video and Pitch Hamburg Board Member commented, “town of Hamburg funding is critical to Pitch Hamburg’s startup community and the drive and promotion of entrepreneurs whose product, service or offering would be additive to Hamburg. Supervisor Shaw’s resolution for $200,000 will launch Pitch Hamburg’s inaugural startup competition and provide direct support to no less than 6 startup businesses boosting product / service offerings, employment and commercial real estate in Hamburg.”

PITCH Hamburg is a response to the growing demand in Hamburg for a startup community. Our mission is to support the development of the next generation of entrepreneurs. Our members are a select collaboration of business professionals, education providers and investors to network and foster local startups. Our desire is to provide affordable dedicated and co-working space for entrepreneurial activity as well as communal space for educational, consultative and development activities. PITCH Hamburg is the heart and soul of the startup ecosystem in southern Erie County.