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Festivals

1) Allentown Art Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 9 and 10 in Allentown, on Delaware Avenue between West Tupper and North, a portion of Allen Street between Elmwood Avenue and Franklin Street, plus a middle square that heads east of Delaware to include Franklin. Festival map can be found here; the event is free to attend. Commentary: Here's your answer to the "What are …

High Schools

By Dave Ricci The Legends just keep playing with house money. Brett Beetow scored four goals as Lancaster beat Section V’s Penfield 11-7 in the Class A Far West Regional title game. It was part of a quadruple header that at All-High Stadium Saturday. The win marks the first Class A regional title for Section VI since 2008, and the first-ever regional title for Lan…

Gusto

Baskin-Robbins long bragged about having 31 flavors of ice cream. Roo Buckley beat that in a night. Buckley, a former Rue Franklin cook who owned the Coda and now works at Hamburg’s Carte Blanche, has been serving some of the wildest ice cream flavors anywhere for 15 years. Customers who dare can experience amazement, thought-provoking flavor encounters, or dismay…

Gusto

Underoath in Rapids Theatre 7:30 p.m. at 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls. Cost is $32.50 in advance here, or $38.50 at the door. Metalcore survivors Underoath return to town to headline a bill that also includes Dance Gavin Dance, Veil of Maya and Limbs. The band recently returned from an eight-year period devoid of new music, and all reports suggests that the band's batt…

Art

1) Hamburg Music Festival, 2 to 11 p.m. May 12 at roughly 20 locations throughout the Village of Hamburg. Wristband for entrance into participating venues, including Memorial Park, runs for $10 and may be purchased at any of five locations. Commentary: In Memorial Park and in venues throughout the village, live music will resonate in Hamburg all day Saturday. Restaurant…

Food and Drink

Hamburg's John & Mary's restaurant is close to reopening after a devastating fire. The restaurant, at 40 Buffalo St. in the village, was extensively damaged in the Jan. 16 blaze. Owner Sharon Raymond said she expects to open by the end of May. "The restaurant was totally gutted," Raymond said. "In four months, it's been brought back to life and regenerated." E…

Buffalo

The region's oldest and largest federally qualified health center has acquired one of Lifetime Health Medical Group's former facilities, which will become the new home of an enlarged women's medical practice. Neighborhood Health Center, based on Buffalo's West Side, paid $925,000 this week to acquire the former Lifetime center at 151 Elmview Drive in Hamburg. The 11,928…

Food and Drink

The intrigue of the unknown can be a solid selling point. It works in film, literature and theater, with lingering questions building suspense until the dramatic payoff. But does the same shroud of mystery work with inconspicuous bars lit only with the flickering neon of advertised beer brands? Ask a resident of the Village of Hamburg familiar with the Pyramid Lounge—if…

Crime

A Hamburg man with a long history of suspended or revoked driver's licenses for alcohol-related offenses was arrested again early Sunday morning in the town of Orchard Park –  for drunk and unlicensed driving. Police stopped a 2015 Nissan Altima for speeding on Milestrip Road near Abbott Road at about 3 a.m. The car was driven by Joel Echeverria, 34, whose license had b…

Business

Last year was a good year for Evans Bank, as well as its president and CEO, David J. Nasca. Nasca's total compensation rose 22 percent last year, bolstered by a 7 percent increase in his base salary. The Hamburg-based bank he leads had record-high profits of $10.5 million in 2017. The bank also reached $1 billion in deposits for the first time last year. Nasca's tota…

Bills

With his playing days over because of a damaged disc in his neck, injured Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood is now ending another tie to Western New York. He sold his Hamburg home – to the team's linebackers coach. Wood and his wife, Leslie, sold their four-bedroom house on Mosey Lane to Robert T. and Lacey M. Babich for $330,000. The 2,555-square-foot house with 2.5 ba…

Food and Drink

I miss Chi-Chi's. But not because I miss Mexican food. Yes, I miss the fried ice cream. I miss scooping taco salad onto shreds of fried flour tortilla bowls. I miss whale-sized chimichangas surfacing in an ocean of queso. But that wasn't Mexican food, but Tex-Mex approximations, representing Mexican as well as french fries stand in for French cuisine. Chi-Chi's left …

High Schools

Coach Kristen Dolan called Amari DeBerry the “best-kept secret in Western New York” last year following Williamsville South’s Section VI Class A-1 title win over Hamburg at Buffalo State. On the same court, in the same round and against the same opponent, it’s safe to say the 6-foot-5 freshman is a secret no more. DeBerry was a dominating presence from the tip and on…

High Schools

Hamburg is going back to Buffalo State. It was another challenging game in a season full of them for the Bulldogs, but they came away with a 45-43 win over Grand Island on Wednesday night in the Class A-1 semifinals at Clarence due to some key plays late. Hamburg will play Williamsville South for the championship Sunday. In the second game Wednesday, the Billies got …