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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…

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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." …

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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 …

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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It’s hard to miss Akron’s Abby Stone when she’s out on the field. She’s usually the one getting double- and sometimes triple-teamed. Yet the four-time All-Western New York first team member led the area in goals scored with 26 as a senior and was a critical piece in the Tigers reaching the NYSPHSAA semifinals for the first time since head coach Mary Borden took over the…

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Head coach Mary Borden has Akron in the state semifinals for the first time since taking over the program in 2003. Awaiting the Tigers at Maine-Endwell High School in the Binghamton area on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. is Section IV’s Whitney Point, which has won the last three Class C state championships. Winner advances to Sunday’s final at 9:30 a.m. Both teams are coming…

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By Tom Dinki Special to the News Far West Regionals Saturday produced mixed results for Section VI field hockey teams, as Akron easily punched its ticket to the state semifinals but Williamsville North and Amherst both lost nail-biters in heartbreaking fashion. Akron (14-1) avenged a 2015 regionals loss to East Rochester with a 7-0 rout of the Section V foe in the C…

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Portville will take another swing at trying to end Eden’s run of dominance. The two teams will meet in the Section VI Class C girls volleyball championship rematch on Monday night at Daemen College following their respective sectional title defenses on Thursday night at Brocton. Portville (18-3) swept Cassadaga Valley in the C-2 final after Eden (18-1) won its 19th strai…

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WILLIAMSVILLE – The Section VI field hockey championships on Wednesday in Williamsville had a little bit of everything. Revenge was found in Class C, a new champion was crowned in Class B, while a title was defended in Class A. In Class C action, the top-seeded Akron Tigers (13-1), who graduated 10 seniors from last season, got their revenge and stunned powerhouse and d…