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Bandits

When you get drafted by a team that already has Lyle and Miles Thompson, Shayne Jackson, Randy Staats, Jesse King, Kiel Matisz and Johnny Powless, it's going to be tough to crack the offensive unit. That's the situation former Silver Creek lacrosse star Zed Williams was thrown in when he was selected fourth overall by the reigning National Lacrosse League champion Georg…

High Schools

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 …

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…

Family

They’re loud and raucous. They have a touch of the dangerous – or, at least, the unstuffy and free-wheeling – about them. And then, of course, they are beautiful. In a way, fireworks are like America itself. And, since Buffalo is the most quintessentially American of cities – hard-working and honest, diverse – then fireworks are, in the end, as Buffalo a phenomenon a…