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DUNKIRK – As the banking market in the Buffalo Niagara region continues to shake out from the Key Bank-First Niagara deal, Lake Shore Savings Bank is stressing its local roots – and some rivals' out-of-town background. "We continue to capitalize on merger-related disruptions in the Western New York marketplace and focusing on the fact we are a local bank, operated local…

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Where will you be working on March 29, 2028? If Jeffrey M. Werdein is still with Lake Shore Savings Bank on that date, he'll get a lump-sum payment of $1.4 million. The idea is go give Werdein, the executive vice president of Lake Shore's commercial division, an incentive to keep working at the Dunkirk-based bank. It's an unusually long deal, particularly for a sm…

High Schools

A pair of Western New York softball standouts committed to Division I programs this week. Dunkirk senior Emilee Hanlon announced Monday that she's headed to the University of Tennessee, while Sacred Heart sophomore Gianna Fazzolari is verbally committed to Canisius College. Hanlon, a three-sport athlete for the Marauders, was named to the 2017 All-WNY small schools f…

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Dunkirk and Fredonia brought their rivalry up the Thruway with the stakes raised higher than ever before. Meeting in a sectional final for the first time, Fredonia pulled away in the second half to defeat Dunkirk for a third time this season, 72-37, and repeat as Section VI Class B-1 champions in front of an estimated crowd of 500 people Sunday at Buffalo State Sports Are…

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A Dunkirk man was arrested Thursday by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office after authorities said he allegedly used bank checks to pay himself $2,000, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office said. The Sheriff's Office received a report Tuesday of the alleged incident at an address in the Town of Dunkirk, the Sheriff's Office said. Deputies said they determined that…

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Lancaster throwers Jon and Natalia Surdej are in very different frames of mind when it comes time to compete. Jon, a junior, doesn’t stress much. He called the Section VI track and field championships “just a warmup meet getting ready for the state meet next week. If I do good, I do good. If I don’t, I don’t.” His best shot put landed at 58 feet, 2 inches. It wasn’t …

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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…

Bisons and Baseball

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…