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The North Tonawanda Department of Youth and Recreation is seeking youth to participate in its theater club for 2018. The group is open to North Tonawanda residents in kindergarten through 12th grade. Former productions include "Gran's Guide to Stopping an Ogre" and "The Quest: A Fairytale with Attitude." The group meets for rehearsals twice a week, from 5 to 6 p.m. o…

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Trevor Book entered North Tonawanda's basketball game last Tuesday against Lew-Port needing 18 points to become the fifth player to reach the 1,000-point scoring mark in program history dating back to 1925. The senior finished with 24 points, reaching the milestone early in the third quarter on a feed from classmate Kyle McNeill to the low post as the Lumberjacks went o…

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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…

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For seven years, Eric Jantzi sat back and watched as some of his students walked the halls in game-day jerseys on Fridays in the fall. When the final bell rang, he was out the door traveling down to the Southtowns to coach instead of gearing up for a game on North Tonawanda’s George J. Vetter Stadium. He never got to coach Jordan Holmes, Jake Ferry or Austin Tober at NT…

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Eric Jantzi is officially back coaching at the school where he experienced his greatest success as the leader of a football program. On Wednesday night, the North Tonawanda School Board voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Jantzi and four of his longtime assistants to fill the openings of varsity coach as well as junior varsity. Jantzi guided North Tonawan…

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There's a chance a blast from the past will be taking over the North Tonawanda football program. Eric Jantzi is one of the two finalists for the Lumberjacks' head coaching position, according to NT Superintendent of Schools Greg Woytila. Jantzi, who teaches in the district, served as North Tonawanda coach back when the program won the New York State Public High Schoo…

Erie County

The twin cities - the City of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda - are in separate counties, but they are joined by bridges, a Canal Fest and a harbor on the Erie Canal. In January, the two cities will apply jointly for a state Canal Corporation grant to improve harbor tourism. The statewide competitive grants range from $250,000 to $1.5 million. City of Tonawanda Mayor R…

Niagara County

Oct. 27, 1927 – Nov. 2, 2017 Thomas E. Wojtaszek, who founded a political dynasty in both his professional and personal life, died on Thursday under hospice care in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 90. Mr. Wojtaszek and his wife of 64 years, the former Lillian Pope, are parents to 12 children, including those who followed their father's footsteps i…

A missing North Tonawanda woman and her 7-year-old daughter have been located, North Tonawanda police said Tuesday afternoon. Police agencies in Erie and Niagara counties were searching for Cynthia Kawaya and her daughter after receiving reports from the woman's family that they were concerned for her welfare. North Tonawanda police said they were found at about 2:45…

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Here's a roundup of available video highlights from Week Seven of the high school football season, the last week of the regular season for Section VI Have a game recap posted somewhere other than Hudl? Send a message on Twitter or email cdesiderio@buffnews.com. http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/15/news-football-polls-week-seven/ http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/16/sect…

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Four communities in Western New York will receive up to $2.5 million in state funding apiece to enhance their assets and help dress up their streetscapes to attract new businesses, residents and tourists. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the funding during a news conference Wednesday in North Tonawanda. North Tonawanda was one of the recipients of four grants from the …

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Here's a roundup of available video highlights from Week Five of the high school football season. Have a game recap posted somewhere other than Hudl? Send a message on Twitter or email cdesiderio@buffnews.com. http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/01/news-football-polls-week-five/ Monsignor Martin Canisius 35, Cardinal O’Hara 14 Class AA Bennett 14, Clarence…

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The Carnegie Art Center in North Tonawanda will offer art workshops for kids, taught by award-winning illustrator Carlos Torres. A comic book art workshop will teach kids the basics for creating their own comic book pages, from character development to page layout, from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 7.  It is open to children ages 8 and up. A kids' watercolor workshop with…

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Platter's Chocolate will celebrate National Sponge Candy Day with a three-day festival on Thursday through Saturday at the Wurlitzer Building, 908 Niagara Falls Boulevard, North Tonawanda. The Sponge Candy Fest will begin Thursday with all day sampling and candy-making demonstrations at the factory, and a magic show from 7 to 8 p.m. On Friday there will be a beer and ch…

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Coaching changes Paul Burgio may be a first-time head coach, but he's no stranger to Clarence football. He's logged 24 seasons as an assistant with the program, including the Red Devils' Section VI Class AA championship year back in 2010 under then-head coach Tom Goddard. When Goddard stepped down, the district stayed in house – hiring another member of Goddard's …