This Friday will be Green Friday in the Village of Hamburg, as businesses promote shopping local.

A free trolley will transport shoppers throughout the village, where they will encounter various deals, discounts and contests at more than 40 participating village businesses, as well as family entertainment throughout the day at various locations.

Local businesses contend that for every $100 spent in an independently owned small business, $68 is returned to the local economy, versus $43 from a national chain or box store.

Also, reservations are being taken for the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce’s 12th annual Holiday Bash, which will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Event Center at the Hamburg Fairgrounds.

Proceeds from the Holiday Bash go toward the chamber’s scholarship fund, which raised more than $9,000 last year for college scholarships to 17 local area high school students. For more information, visit the chamber’s website at website at

And Union Pleasant Elementary Teacher Patrick Wirth is a grand prize winner in the fifth annual M&T Bank Touchdown for Teachers program. The program honors teachers for outstanding service to their schools and communities. As part of his prize, Wirth will receive $1,000 for the school and an in-class visit from a Buffalo Bills player.

Wirth, who joined the Hamburg Central School District in 2006, was nominated for going above and beyond to inspire each of his students and for striving to show them that learning is a year-round, lifelong process that, above all, is fun. He was cited as having an attitude that inspires students and co-workers.

His class runs the Bulldogs Pencil Shop, charging a small amount from staff and students for school supplies to benefit communities in need.

Wirth also teaches master’s classes at Canisius College and voluntarily coordinates, supervises and teaches these students through the a summer camp for children looking to explore the culture and history of Buffalo in a non-traditional learning environment.

Also this week:

• The Town Board will conduct a work session at 6 p.m. Monday in Conference Room No. 1, followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the board room in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave.

• Hearings on the town’s Community Development program will be conducted in the lobby of Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. Monday and immediately following the Town Board meeting.

• The Frontier School Board will not hold a regular business meeting on Dec. 3, as originally planned. Instead, the board will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 in the Frontier Educational Center board room at 5120 Orchard Ave., Hamburg, to conduct business for December.