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Three individuals and three relay teams swam their way to the championship heats of the NYSPHSAA girls swimming championships held at Ithaca College. Finals and consolations begin today at 10:30 a.m. Lockport senior Katie Pollock advanced in the 200-yard individual medley (2:06.98) and 100 breastroke (1:05.34), East Aurora sophomore Mary Brinker advanced in the 50 frees…

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Three individual race champions from last year's Section VI girls swimming championships returned to the pool at Erie Community College Friday evening in defense of their titles. Only one came away with back-to-back crowns. Fredonia senior Riley Drummond cruised to consecutive sectional titles in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 57.66, capping a night which also i…

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Believe it or not, East Aurora’s McLaughlin sisters don’t always get along. You just wouldn’t be able to tell by watching the finish of their race at the Section VI cross country championships on Friday. Senior Molly McLaughlin, the reigning champion in Class B, and eighth-grade sister Megan were neck-and-neck as they entered the final stretch of the course at …

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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 …

Sports

A tough break may have foiled Depew's quest for the perfect ending to its softball season. It doesn't change the fact that the Wildcats completed another historic postseason run because they had the perfect difference-maker leading the charge in Karsen Cotton. Cotton, who tossed a no-hitter against unbeaten Babylon in the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Asso…

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Pos. Name, School, Year, fast fact SS Molly Breier, Eden, 12, Defensive and offensive standout fueled Raiders' run to B-2 final, finishing with .974 fielding percentage, .729 slugging percentage. P/INF Abby Borkowski, Kenmore West, 11, Niagara Frontier League Player of the Year had 25 RBIs, 22 runs scored and posted 2.71 ERA. P Karsen Cotton, Depew, 12, Posted 0.9…

FREDONIA – Deputies added a drug charge to a pair of traffic tickets after they witnessed a driver commit moving violations Friday night on Route 60 in the Town of Pomfret, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office reported Monday. Jeremy J. Burke, 24, of Bowen Road, Stockton, initially was charged with turning without signaling and driving across a hazard marking, the S…

A second Erie, Pa., man has pleaded guilty to carjacking and firearms charges in connection with a two-day crime spree that took place in July 2015 in Fredonia. Dimas Colon-Cruz, 37,  and two accomplices were accused of robbing and assaulting two strangers, and stealing two vehicles, all in an ostensible effort to get back to Erie. On July 20, 2015, Colon-Cruz had t…

Crime

An Erie, Pa., man will do time following his conviction on carjacking and firearms charges. Michael Gonzalez-Colon, 21, was sentenced Monday to 9 1/2 years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. Gonzalez-Colon was traveling with Dimas Colon-Cruz and Denis Cruz on July 20, 2015, from Erie, Pa., to Dunkirk on stolen all-terrain vehicles, according …

Columns

Erica Hammond Carlson sent me a message on Facebook the other day. She told me her father was retiring after 45 years, and that she was contacting old friends for some reflections about his career. She wondered if I might have a point or two to add. A point or two? How about this: You're reading this because of him. Her dad is Bill Hammond, longtime news editor wi…

Education

The reporting continues trickling in. And, the news isn't good. School district by school district across Western New York is discovering varying amounts of lead in their water. At one water fountain in a Fredonia classroom, for instance, a sample showed that there was 2,850 parts per billion of lead. That's nearly 200 times the state's threshold for lead in water…

A Fredonia-based catering service is expanding into Erie County with a new facility in Hamburg on Nov. 14.The Catering Company will open its fifth location at 43 Buffalo Street in the former Jimmie’s Pizza Co. It has three in sites in Fredonia and one in Dunkirk. The full-service caterer will also take over food operations for the Braymiller Lanes bowling alley next door…

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Steadily releasing albums since its Frenchkiss debut, “Visiter,” back in 2007, San Francisco-based duo the Dodos returned earlier this year with its sixth studio album “Individ.” The exuberant record carries on the pair’s brand of unpredictable melodies mixed with experimental, West African drumming, leaving listeners no choice but to get lost in the group’s j…

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Over the last couple of years, Fredonia has acted as a farm system of sorts for Buffalo’s local music scene. Bands, many forming between classes at the SUNY institute, have honed their craft at places like BJ’s in downtown Fredonia, in addition to various basements on the outskirts of campus, before getting the call up to the big show here in the Queen City (admittedly…