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Frontier's Brandon Badaszewski is going to states again, and once again he'll have plenty of Falcons joining him. That's the way he likes it. The Falcons as a team proved their might in soaring all the way to the top during the grueling day that is the annual Section VI boys bowling tournament. Frontier captured its fourth team championship in six seasons, posting a …

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The perfect season for any team is one that ends with a championship coronation. That's the finish Orchard Park's boys bowling team aspires to attain and it just happens to be within its grasp. That's provided the Quakers can continue doing what they've been doing against Western New York competition all season. Win. If Orchard Park just wins the next tournament o…

Business

Bank of America has closed a branch at 1900 Pine Ave. in Niagara Falls. The branch closed Jan. 30. The bank owns the building, at the corner of Pine Avenue and 19th Street, and will eventually put the property on the market, said Tara Burke, a Bank of America spokeswoman. The closest Bank of America branch to that location is about four miles away, at 1263 North Mili…

Business

Abdul S. Labi launched Precision Electro Minerals in Niagara Falls in 1987, in a city where he had once worked as a Carborundum manager. Now Labi is preparing to close the Portage Road business in April, citing higher energy and worker's compensation costs as key reasons. The company, also known as PEMCO, employs 15 full-time workers, plus some part time employees. P…

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Michael Emendorfer was loading groceries into his trunk for his daughter's basketball team when he took my phone call last week in a Walmart parking lot in Wisconsin. Nothing in the conversation changed his life, even if – in a way – it changed how he sees everything. I called because I wondered if he knew the story. In 1912, if his great-grandfather had taken another f…

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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…

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Six of the 15 sectional champions from last year were underclassmen, with most competing at the lighter weight classes. Last year’s champions from 145 pounds and up all graduated. While there are quite a few opportunities for newcomers, many of last year’s winners have changed weight classes. That includes Lancaster sophomore Ryan Stencel, the top-ranked D-I wrestler…

Niagara's Choice Federal Credit Union named Dan Keleher as its new CEO, following the retirement of Al Frosolone, according to the New York Credit Union Association. Keleher previously was executive vice president of Niagara's Choice. Prior to that, he worked for nearly a decade at SEFCU. Frosolone had served for nearly three decades in leadership roles at Niagara Fa…

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In a way, the Hotel Niagara as it appeared in its heyday still exists. Talk to Deb Sticht, or Paul Verciglio, or Carolyn Mancuso, and they can close their eyes and take you through it as it was, step by step. Follow their memories, push through the revolving door, and you are greeted by a doorman named John, a slender, genial guy in white gloves and a long red coat. To …

Obituaries

Sept. 15, 1920 – Dec. 24, 2017 Eddie Gadawski was legendary. So is his restaurant in Niagara Falls. Mr. Gadawski, who died after a short illness at the age of 97 on Christmas Eve in Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence, Lewiston, never went to a class at the University of Notre Dame, but he was a tremendous fan of its football team. He attended 200 home games …

Local News

The City of Niagara Falls is ready to accommodate those who want to prepay their 2018 city property taxes, Mayor Paul A. Dyster announced. Prepayment will allow taxpayers to take a federal tax deduction before restrictions begin next year. The city will accept prepayment of both the first and second installments of 2018 property taxes, or only the first installment. Dea…

Attractions

The Niagara Parks Commission has announced several special events and activities for the holiday season, including the Winter Festival of Lights. “Niagara Parks’ Aura: Let it Glow” will feature several illumination-themed events for visitors that involve millions of lights throughout Niagara Parks. The displays will fan out from the centerpiece of the festival, Queen…

Attractions

Niagara Falls plans to jingle all the way through the three Saturdays – leading up to Christmas weekend with a new holiday celebration downtown that will feature a variety of free activities Saturday, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16. A Candlelight Stroll will launch Jingle Falls USA at 4:30 p.m. Saturday from the steps of Niagara Falls City Hall, 745 Main St. The procession will lea…

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David Brooks wasn't thinking about vindication. He walked down a new stone stairway near the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge in Niagara Falls, heading toward water surging in Niagara River green, toward the drama of the rapids hidden in the gorge. Brooks was transfixed. It was the beauty, not the blunders, that had always been the point. He introduced me to the gorge more than …

Obituaries

March 8, 1976 – Oct. 27, 2017 Steven Douglas Pyska of Niagara Falls, a retired officer in the Navy Seabees, died unexpectedly Friday in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. He was 41. Born in Lewiston, Mr. Pyska attended Niagara Falls city schools and was a 1994 graduate of the former LaSalle Senior High School. He enlisted in the Navy in 1996 and served for 20 …