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For years, Bob Merritt has looked forward to the annual YMCA Turkey Trot in Buffalo. At 62, he is one of the finest runners in his age group in Western New York, a guy who loves doing good-natured battle with close friends as devoted to running as he is. Merritt will be at the starting line again Thursday morning, amid celebrants in neon sweaters, turkey outfits or stra…

Food and Drink

Grand Island will get a little restaurant from a chef with big-league experience when Sam Reda opens Zobud Bistro. The cozy spot at 1879 Whitehaven Road will seat about 32 people for a fine dining-leaning menu, Reda said, with maybe a few more seats in a patio space out front. It was formerly Baked Cupcakery. If Reda opens the place Friday, as planned, it will be his…

High Schools

Sophomore Gabby Gambino scored both the game-tying and game-winning goals for St. Mary’s of Lancaster in a 3-2 win over Nardin in Monsignor Martin girls soccer on Friday. The Lancers (4-0, 2-0) found themselves down 2-1 in the final minute of regulation when Gambino found the back of the net to force the extra period. In the 84th minute, Shae O’Rourke drove down midf…

Crime

A Buffalo man working for an extermination company has been charged with exposing himself to a customer on Grand Island, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. Officials with the Sheriff's Office said video captured by a doorbell system shows Eliezer Ortizapeita, 28, removing his penis from his pants and exposing himself, the office said in a news release. La…

Buffalo

Maybe a week before last month's graduation ceremony for Grand Island Senior High School's senior class, Scott LoHouse had a question for his youngest daughter, Grace. She learned in the spring that she would be senior valedictorian, and the honor carried a traditional responsibility. Scott wondered if she had started working on her commencement speech. Grace responded …

Gusto

A few years ago I went on a quest with my sister, who eats dairy-free, to find the best nondairy custard. We landed at a tiny, unassuming place on Grand Island called Adrian’s Custard & Beef. To our surprise, not only did it serve the best nondairy custard we had ever tasted — totally devoid of that weird chemical aftertaste common to dairy-free custard — but also s…

Courts

The owner of a restaurant that operated out of the clubhouse at Beaver Island State Park collected nearly $57,000 in sales tax from customers for two years. However, he didn't pass those thousands on to New York State. Patrick Wirth, 28, of Grand Island, pleaded guilty to a felony count of criminal tax fraud in Erie County Court on June 14, 2019, the New York State D…

Business

Nate Oats, former head coach of the University at Buffalo men's basketball team, is putting his classic Tudor-style home on Grand Island up for sale as he departs for the Crimson Tide of Alabama. The three-story house on West Oakfield Road, which has waterfront views, a 60-foot pool and a vintage bowling alley, drew plenty of interest when Oats bought the home in August…

Buffalo

CannonDesign, one of the region's leading architectural firms, is moving to downtown Buffalo after nearly half a century on Grand Island. The nationally known design firm plans to occupy just under 35,000 square feet of space at 40-50 Fountain Plaza, taking up the entire mezzanine level of the two-building complex, according to an industry source familiar with the move.…

Bills

Grand Island native Brett Kern, a punter who made the Pro Bowl in the last two years, has signed a four-year extension with the Tennessee Titans. NFL Network reported the extension is worth $12.55 million with a $2.2 million signing bonus. An 11-year veteran, Kern signed with the Titans in 2009 and his most recent extension was in 2015. That deal was set to expire af…

High Schools

We interrupt what potentially was the most anticipated must-see Section VI girls basketball game of the season in order to bring folks another must-see matchup that hasn’t happened in a while. And Lake Shore couldn’t be happier. The Eagles finally know what it feels like to be a Section VI champion, again. Lake Shore rallied from a double-digit third quarter deficit …

Crime

Reports of a suspicious car in a Grand Island apartment complex parking lot resulted in a Youngstown man being arrested on driving while intoxicated and drug charges early Friday morning, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. Vincent Ligammari, 27, was arrested on felony counts of DWI-previous conviction and criminal possession of a controlled substance after d…

High Schools

It had been nearly 30 years since all of the bleachers were pulled out for a basketball game at Grand Island High School. On Friday night, it was standing-room only by the end of the girls junior varsity scrimmage. An estimated crowd of more than 800 gathered to honor the legacy of the late Julie Roth Neville, a three-sport standout for Grand Island and longtime teacher …

Local News

Fans of the chocolate-vanilla twist custard and roast beef on weck at Adrian's Custard & Beef won't need Google Maps to find the seasonal restaurant's new home on Grand Island. After 30 years on Grand Island Boulevard, the popular summertime destination is moving into expanded digs – directly across the street from the old location. The owner of Adrian's on Frida…

Local News

The driver of an SUV who died in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday night on East River Road was identified as Joseph Berard, 48, of Grand Island, the Erie County Sheriff's Office announced in a statement. When volunteer firefighters and paramedics arrived at the scene of the crash near the south Grand Island Bridge at about 8:14 p.m., they found the male driver unconscious…