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Hamburg

This year’s Rock the Roundabout in Hamburg will again be held in the municipal parking lot.

Village Board members considered a request from the organizing committee to close Buffalo Street for the New Year’s Eve celebration, which would involve obtaining a grant from New York State.

“I’d rather keep it in the parking lot,” Mayor Thomas J. Moses Sr. said at last week’s work session, joking, “I know I’m not going to be well liked at home.”

Moses’ wife, Marylou, heads up the committee seeking to close the street.

“It was definitely more fun in the street,” Trustee Laura Hackathorn said.

Some trustees agreed, but said they were concerned about the safety of the public, as well as the time it would take to obtain the permit to close a section of Buffalo Street, which is a state roadway.

“I don’t want to abandon the street, because I do get it,” Trustee Mark Colmerauer said.

Board members decided to keep the event in the parking lot this year, while reviewing the request for next year.

Also this week:

• Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center, 4050 North St., is extending its hours this weekend and will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday for fossil collecting.

• A Veterans Day observance, sponsored by Post 1419, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Cub Scout Packs 143 and 592 and Lakeside Cemetery, will take place at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the cemetery’s Field of Valor, near the 4810 Camp Road entrance.

• The town Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 7B in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave.

• The Hamburg village Historic Preservation Commission will meet at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Village Hall, 100 Main St.

• The Hamburg Central School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Middle School, 360 Division St. The board plans to go into executive session then reopen the public section of the meeting at 7:30 p.m.

• The Hamburg village Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall.

• The Hamburg village Environmental Conservation Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Village Hall.

• The Hamburg village Traffic Safety Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Village Hall.

• Helen Domske will discuss invasive species of Lake Erie at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Seaway Trail Visitors Center, 4968 Lake Shore Road. Also, author Tim O’Shei will conduct children’s writing camps at the center, Saturday, Nov. 23 and Dec. 14.

• Mike Randall will perform Charles Dickens Presents A Christmas Carol at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hamburg Middle School. The performance will help raise money to pay for a new roof for the Boies-Lord Home museum, which is operated by the Hamburg Antiques Study Group.