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Bills

Anne Pratt Slatin remembers the charm dangling from her mother’s bracelet, a little gold football with hand-painted blue letters, a relic of Buffalo’s claim to the first two NFL championships. “It was a charm that celebrated their win,” Slatin said, “even though they were never recognized for the win.” The Buffalo All-Americans were among the NFL's original 14 teams …

Bills

J.C. Tretter and his fiancée are getting married in late February. The beginning of the month was off limits, in case the Cleveland Browns advanced to the Super Bowl. “We definitely had to leave the dates open,” Tretter said. But these days, the former Akron High School star and Browns starting center isn’t thinking about much beyond playing his hometown Buffalo B…

Colleges

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. Saturday, InfoCision Stadium, Akron, Ohio. TV: ESPN 3. Radio: ESPN 1520. Records: UB 2-4, 0-2 Mid-American Conference; Akron 0-6, 0-2. Last time out: Ohio defeated UB, 21-20, in overtime Oct. 5 at UB Stadium. UB quarterback Kyle Vantrease threw for 197 yards and two touchdowns on 16-for-23 passing in his first start in nearly two years. Ke…

High Schools

Akron Tigers (4-4) Coach: Andrew Clouse, fifth season. Home field: Unnamed. Program founded: Unknown. Outlook: The Tigers are coming off their third consecutive playoff appearance following back-to-back 4-4 season. Dual-threat QB Brandon Orr has graduated, but they return five starters on offense and seven on defense. Junior Adam Mietz moves from running back t…

Movies

In keeping with its name, “A Quiet Place 2” has maintained a low profile while filming locally this summer, but it is becoming the biggest movie ever shot in and around Buffalo. And it continues to do so – very quietly. With Monday's announcement that one of the four Grand Island bridges would be closed to traffic for 13 hours, from midnight Saturday to 1 p.m. Sunday…

Courts

An Akron man who drove drunk and fled the scene of an injury accident was sentenced to the maximum of one year in jail Wednesday, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Matthew Jendresky, 40, was sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia. Jendresky had pleaded guilty in May to leaving the scene of an incident without reporting it, a…

Gusto

Since 2014, Akron native Melissa Babiarz has balanced her thriving barbecue food trailer and catering business, Babz BBQ, a full-time job as an automotive inspector and being a caregiver for her mother. "I have a full plate," Babiarz said. “If you love what you do then, you know, you never work a day in your life. That’s the truth. And that’s how it is with barbecue." …

Gusto

On the way to dinner in Akron, I passed the facades of Main Street buildings, carefully camouflaged for the movie production to start shooting the next day. Pulling up in front of Bistro 93, I wondered if the set dressers had been here. What I saw was a spot-on facsimile of weathered, brick-faced neighborhood tavern, cracked steps and a balky front door. The menus I …

Gusto

Less than a year after its sister bar-restaurant Eden Ale House closed, Akron Ale House has met the same fate, the restaurant announced on its Facebook page Thursday. Co-owner Nathan Springer, who ran the Akron business at 15 Main St. with Shawn Schweis, was not immediately available for comment. The Facebook post, however, cited "reasons beyond" [the owners'] "control.…

Gusto

How do you build a scene? It’s a question that has been plaguing Buffalo-area musicians for decades, as an ongoing series of "one step up, two steps back" movements created a sense of stasis here that left many feeling like they were simply treading water, getting by while so many other music scenes in seemingly more welcoming cities moved forward and grew exponentially…

High Schools

Bennett rushers roll Four Bennett running backs ran for over 100 yards in the Tigers’ 51-7 home victory against Lockport. Semaj Clemons led the group, which isn’t ordered by a depth chart, with 160 yards and two touchdowns. Djae Perry had 110 yards and two touchdowns, Ja’vair Walker accounted for 115 yards and a touchdown and Justin Campbell totaled 101 yards and a s…

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…

Business

An Akron label printing and manufacturing company that does nearly one-third of its business in Erie County is seeking tax breaks to support an expansion of its operation so it can be more efficient and competitive. Niagara Label, owned by the Whitmarsh family, wants to construct a 16,000-square-foot addition to its current manufacturing facility, located on 11 acres at…

Business

When bank branches make news, it's often because they're closing. While that trend continues, the Bank of Akron and several other area banks are planning to add branches in select locations. It's evidence that brick and mortar locations have staying power, even in the digital age. Two notable trends have driven banks to downsize their retail networks: Customers are c…

High Schools

2016-17 underclassmen Section VI champions 200 individual medley – Michael Maurer (Hamburg), 100 butterfly – Michael Clough (Williamsville East), 500 freestyle – Liam O’Connell (Hamburg), 100 backstroke – Maurer (Hamburg). 2016-17 Section VI team champions Class A – Orchard Park, Class B – East Aurora, Class C – Panama. Key dates Section VI Class Championshi…