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Lake Shore Bancorp finished the year with more than $500 million in assets for the first time in its history. The Dunkirk-based parent of Lake Shore Bank reported $519 million in assets at the end of 2017, compared to $489 million a year ago. Its fourth-quarter profits soared to $580,000, from $140,000 a year earlier. A big factor was the bank's $755,000 decrease in …

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Friday, a coalition of private and public agencies in Central New York held an annual National Adoption Day celebration in Syracuse. The Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center was packed with at least 1,000 people as 52 families finalized adoptions with Family Court judges from seven upstate counties. Peter Robinson, a Niagara County court officer, sang "America the Beauti…

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I waited to write this piece until the World Series, this dramatic showdown between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers. The afternoon light and scattered leaves of late October always carry me back to childhood. We'd run home after school to catch the end of each game, in an era when the World Series was played in the afternoon, and maybe we'd grab our gloves and p…

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Lancaster remains the state's second-ranked team in the New York State Sportswriters' Class AA poll this week. Lancaster brings an 8-0 record into its Section VI semifinal contest Friday night against Jamestown. Canisius (6-2) stands at No. 15 in Class AA, while unbeaten Williamsville North (8-0) is ranked 16th. Jamestown (5-3) and Niagara Falls (4-4) were among the hon…

A Dunkirk man faces drug charges following a raid Wednesday of a Town of Pomfret residence where police confiscated 138 ounces of marijuana. Hammad R. Zaidi, 46, was charged with criminal possession of marijuana and faces additional charges, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's office. Dunkirk police and the Sheriff's office were assisted by the Southern Tier…

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The mobile phone started buzzing about 10:30 a.m. Friday, in Dunkirk City Hall. Hector Rosas pulled it out of his pocket, and a woman whose voice he didn't recognize told him she was with someone who wanted to speak to him. For a second, there was a pause. "This is Rosalia Rosas Valentin," another woman said, as if in introduction. "Mom, it's me!" said Hector, who…

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It's that time of the week as the New York State Sportswriters football poll has been released. While the 4-0 Legends of Lancaster remain in the No. 2 spot behind fellow unbeaten Troy of Section II, the defending state champion, the biggest attention-getter upon glancing at Class AA poll is Canisius inching its way closer to the top five. The Crusaders moved up four …

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The Buffalo office of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer has reached out to Mayor Willie Rosas of Dunkirk, and the senator's staff members have promised to assist the mayor in the quest to reach his mother. As The Buffalo News reported earlier today, Rosas and his three siblings have been unable to reach their mother, Rosalia, 79, for six days, since Hurricane Maria caused sweep…

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Willie Rosas is thinking about his mother's advice, more than ever. Twenty months ago, Rosalia Rosas flew home to watch as Willie was inaugurated as the mayor of Dunkirk in Chautauqua County. It was an unforgettable moment. Willie's parents were born in Puerto Rico. In Dunkirk, with a population of not quite 12,000, he became the first Latino in state history to be elec…

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Jessica Falco has never done anything like this in her life. There will be a gathering at 1 p.m. Thursday on Dunkirk's pier, followed by a walk to City Hall, where Falco will stand before the men and women in the crowd and explain why she asked them to come together. For years, she was frightened of speaking in front of groups. But she is calling the event "Not one more…

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Albion Purple Eagles (3-5) Coach: Adam Krenning, first season Home field: Spierdowis Field Program founded: 1898 Outlook: Krenning, a 1993 Albion grad who played for legendary coach Dick Diminuco, is tasked with leading the Purple Eagles to their first playoff appearance since 2011. Third-year senior Demetrius Gardiner is a bruising running back at 5-foot-11, 2…

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2016 team champions: Orchard Park (Section VI), Sacred Heart (All-Catholic). 2016 underclassmen Section VI champions: 100 free - Allie Stockwell-10 (Jamestown), 100 back - Riley Drummond-11 (Fredonia-Dunkirk-Forestville-Silver Creek), 100 breast - Isabel Sapio-10 (Orchard Park). Sister act: Don't feel too sorry for Orchard Park coach Bret Novilitis. He may have lost …

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More than 70 years ago, when Dunkerque, France remained devastated in the aftermath of World War II, the little American city of Dunkirk, N.Y. — a city named for its waterfront similarities to the French community — stepped in to help. The release of the Warner Brothers film, "Dunkirk," has put a new spotlight on that once-passionate bond, which gradually faded away. La…

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Families expecting a new baby or who already have one are invited to four Healthy Baby Festivals in coming weeks. Catholic Charities Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program will host the free events, which offer activities for children and information for parents from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following days: Dunkirk: Tuesday in Washington Park. Buffalo…

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The plaque, a replica of a gift to the people of Dunkerque, France, hangs in the second floor corridor of Dunkirk City Hall, a couple of blocks from Lake Erie. It has been there for decades, a gesture to emphasize a bond of deep affection, and Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas sees it as a daily reminder of civic purpose. "We need to remember," he said, "great things can happe…