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A fast-moving first-floor house fire in Dunkirk killed a dog early Sunday morning, but no people were inside and firefighters rescued a cat as they put out the blaze. Dunkirk Fire Department crews arrived at 32 W. Fourth St. at 1:32 a.m. to find flames venting from a window because of a fire burning on the first floor. Firefighters learned that the residents were not ho…

High Schools

Malik Brooks is one of the fastest athletes in the state. The Lockport Lion proved that last spring when he placed fourth in the 400-meter dash at the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association meet after winning the Section VI title. But the senior is more than just scary fast. He’s crazy athletic, tough and knows how to get open on the football field. …

Columns

The blow was both economic and spiritual, a combination all too familiar to a weary community . For many of us in Western New York, it is impossible to think of Dunkirk without seeing the smokestacks of the old power plant – operated for years by Niagara Mohawk – that dominate the city's waterfront. In the decades after World War II, the economic heyday of the little Ch…

Buffalo

Samuel Mascorella looked like anyone else in the crowd when he climbed off the train. This was 98 years ago, after he arrived in Syracuse for the dedication of a World War I monument that may have as much intimate meaning as any memorial to that war in this nation. The Rev. J.J. Ganey, a Catholic chaplain who served alongside Mascorella, peppered him with gentle but ins…

The U.S. Small Business Administration's Buffalo District Office is sponsoring a special entrepreneurial workshop for veterans designed to spur more people to start or run small businesses. The free one-day training program, dubbed "Boots to Business: REBOOT," will be held at the State University of New York's Fredonia Technology Incubator, located at 214 Central Ave. i…

High Schools

CICERO –  Jayla Moss came out of the blocks hard and kicked in an extra gear near the end of her 100-meter dash at the New York State Track and Field Championships. The junior from Cheektowaga knew a trip to the Federation final for the first time in school history was on the line, and she didn’t want to take any chances. Moss finished that race in 12.31 seconds to tak…

Business

DUNKIRK – As the banking market in the Buffalo Niagara region continues to shake out from the Key Bank-First Niagara deal, Lake Shore Savings Bank is stressing its local roots – and some rivals' out-of-town background. "We continue to capitalize on merger-related disruptions in the Western New York marketplace and focusing on the fact we are a local bank, operated local…

Business

Where will you be working on March 29, 2028? If Jeffrey M. Werdein is still with Lake Shore Savings Bank on that date, he'll get a lump-sum payment of $1.4 million. The idea is go give Werdein, the executive vice president of Lake Shore's commercial division, an incentive to keep working at the Dunkirk-based bank. It's an unusually long deal, particularly for a sm…

High Schools

A pair of Western New York softball standouts committed to Division I programs this week. Dunkirk senior Emilee Hanlon announced Monday that she's headed to the University of Tennessee, while Sacred Heart sophomore Gianna Fazzolari is verbally committed to Canisius College. Hanlon, a three-sport athlete for the Marauders, was named to the 2017 All-WNY small schools f…

High Schools

Dunkirk and Fredonia brought their rivalry up the Thruway with the stakes raised higher than ever before. Meeting in a sectional final for the first time, Fredonia pulled away in the second half to defeat Dunkirk for a third time this season, 72-37, and repeat as Section VI Class B-1 champions in front of an estimated crowd of 500 people Sunday at Buffalo State Sports Are…

Crime

A Dunkirk man was arrested Thursday by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office after authorities said he allegedly used bank checks to pay himself $2,000, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office said. The Sheriff's Office received a report Tuesday of the alleged incident at an address in the Town of Dunkirk, the Sheriff's Office said. Deputies said they determined that…

High Schools

Lancaster throwers Jon and Natalia Surdej are in very different frames of mind when it comes time to compete. Jon, a junior, doesn’t stress much. He called the Section VI track and field championships “just a warmup meet getting ready for the state meet next week. If I do good, I do good. If I don’t, I don’t.” His best shot put landed at 58 feet, 2 inches. It wasn’t …

Business

Lake Shore Bancorp finished the year with more than $500 million in assets for the first time in its history. The Dunkirk-based parent of Lake Shore Bank reported $519 million in assets at the end of 2017, compared to $489 million a year ago. Its fourth-quarter profits soared to $580,000, from $140,000 a year earlier. A big factor was the bank's $755,000 decrease in …

Columns

Friday, a coalition of private and public agencies in Central New York held an annual National Adoption Day celebration in Syracuse. The Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center was packed with at least 1,000 people as 52 families finalized adoptions with Family Court judges from seven upstate counties. Peter Robinson, a Niagara County court officer, sang "America the Beauti…

Bisons and Baseball

I waited to write this piece until the World Series, this dramatic showdown between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers. The afternoon light and scattered leaves of late October always carry me back to childhood. We'd run home after school to catch the end of each game, in an era when the World Series was played in the afternoon, and maybe we'd grab our gloves and p…