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Some stories seem inextricable from the eras in which they were written. The cast and creative team of the Lancaster Opera House's production of "The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd" did their best to thrust this fusty period piece into the present. But despite its clever contemporary framing and fine performances, the anachronistic tone and heavy-handed…

Business

Farm, a Depew marketing communications firm, is on the move. The firm, which changed its name from SKM Group a couple of years ago, is relocating to 4493 Walden Ave. in Lancaster, effective April 16. That will also be the new home of a sister company, Pathfinder, a business research firm formerly called Focused Marketing Associates. Farm says it has outgrown its curr…

Business

Clarence construction contractor and developer Paul Bliss has completed his acquisition of the Buffalo Airport Inn in Lancaster following a foreclosure auction several weeks ago. Bliss, owner of Bliss Construction LLC, paid $1.35 million to buy the 88-room motel from Harjinder K. and Kabal S. Virk, through Singh Lodging Inc. Following the deal, he closed the motel, whil…

Colleges

At 15, Kristen Romano left Lancaster, where she'd lived her entire life, to chase a dream – reaching the highest levels of swimming. She and her recently retired father, Mike, moved down to Long Island in 2015 so she could compete with the highly-competitive Long Island Aquatic Club. While it was difficult to leave her mother, brother and friends behind, Romano felt the…

High Schools

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 …

High Schools

Returning 2017 NYSPHSAA individual champions Three-position kneeling – Kiersten Mucha (Lancaster). 2017 Section VI team champions 30-shot standing – Alden, Three-position – Kenmore. Returning 2017 Section VI individual champions 30-shot standing – Mucha (Lancaster); Three-position aggregate – Sarah Golas (Alden); Three-position standing – Golas (Alden); Thre…

High Schools

The thickness of a hair was all that separated the Lancaster rifle team from Section VI championships last year. The final score read Kenmore 1,138, Lancaster 1,137 in the three-position event. The Legends also placed second in the 30-shot standing team competition, seven points behind Alden, 1,114-1,107. “No joke,” Lancaster coach Leif Johnson said. “When the top fo…

High Schools

It turns out Twitter can be an under-recruited athlete's best friend during a time in need. The social media outlet helped Lancaster's do-it-all-football star Joseph Andreessen market himself to coaches around the country in hopes of earning an appealing Division I offer. Andreessen, who helped the Legends win back-to-back Section VI Class AA championships during his fi…

High Schools

It's a different year but the same situation, one that won't be resolved until late February at the Section VI championship meet. As usual, there are more talents that have already hit state-qualifying marks for the March 3 meet in Staten Island than there are spots. Only a maximum of three based on finish at sectionals get to go to states. While the situation also e…

High Schools

Nia Stevens and Taylor Hunter have been part of some historic moments for Tapestry's track and field team. But there is something the two haven't helped the young program achieve since being part of school's first state championship relay back during the 2015 outdoor New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association meet in Albany. Tapestry hasn't won a Section VI…

High Schools

The individual and team accomplishments from football season have carried over to the mat for Lancaster wrestler Joe Andreessen. On a night when the Legends captured the ECIC Division I championship by defeating rival Clarence in the annual Border Brawl, Andreessen was recognized for earning his 150th career win and 78th career pin. The team carried that momentum into t…

High Schools

Defending state Division I champion Williamsville North obviously knows what it feels like to be truly No. 1. That's why being ranked first in the state in January means little to the Spartans and longtime coach Bob Rosen, who has guided the program to five state championships since its inception in 1990. There are still plenty of games on the docket, including those ev…

High Schools

The Division I seedings for the inaugural NYSPHSAA Dual Meet Championships this Saturday at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse have been slightly revised. Section VI champ Lancaster was eighth out of the 12 teams when the seedings were first released Sunday but were moved to seventh, placing the Legends in a pool with No. 2 Minisink Valley of Section IX and unseeded…

High Schools

When Falconer lost in a tiebreaker in the finals of last year’s inaugural Section VI Dual Team Championships, it left the team with a sour taste. At this year’s team championship competition on Saturday at Lancaster, the Golden Falcons left nothing in doubt. Fourth-seeded Falconer dominated the Division II title match, rolling past sixth-seed Akron-Alden, 64-11, to a…

High Schools

Without further ado, here's the first Power 10 for the scholastic winter season. (Through Friday night's games) 1. Williamsville North hockey. Defending state champions have spent much of the winter ranked first in the state Division I poll. Spartans (13-0-2) remained unbeaten by defeating reigning state Catholic champion St. Joe's on Friday night. The teams also bat…