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Fall in Buffalo will start off with a bang. Sure, autumnal activities were the theme of this week's Gusto cover story, but the wheels are already in motion. The festival schedule is absolutely packed this weekend; Oktoberfests and harvest fests are happening around virtually every corner, suburbs and cities alike. Will you find out what Black Rock and Riverside have …

Crime

A two-month narcotics investigation resulted in a Lockport man's arrest Friday on weapons charges, the Niagara County Sheriff's Department announced Monday. Tyrone Belton Bruce Jr., 36, was arrested following the execution of a search warrant at a South Bristol Avenue address where narcotics activity had been reported in and around the residence, the sheriff's office sa…

Business

Ken Johnson grew up in Saskatchewan, driving General Motors vehicles. So after college, the self-described farm kid jumped at the chance to take a job with GM in Oshawa, Ont., in 1985. Johnson was a mechanical engineer. Many of his classmates headed off to work in the oilfields of Alberta, but that didn't appeal to him. Johnson embarked on a long career with GM. He w…

Business

General Motors' components plant in Lockport has secured new business to supply several powertrain thermal components for what GM describes as a future high-volume vehicle. The identity of the vehicle, and other details about the new work, were not disclosed. GM said the new work reinforces the Lockport plant's portfolio of components including radiators, condensers, he…

Local News

A 23-year-old man was killed and a passenger was hospitalized in a one-vehicle crash Monday morning in Lockport, police said. Police were called at 4:38 a.m. to the vicinity of 145 S. Transit St. where a vehicle crashed into a tree, according to Lockport police. The driver, whose name was not released, was taken to Eastern Niagara Hospital where he was pronounced dea…

Gusto

In the 1960s, psychedelics evangelist Timothy Leary popularized the term “set and setting” as shorthand for conditions that could shape the experience, for better or worse, of someone who has ingested hallucinogens. I flashed back to the term as I tried to crystallize my experience at Shamus Restaurant in Lockport. Before I ingested dinner there in early June, my last v…

Food and Drink

The Erie Canal, in all of its bicentenary beauty, connects Albany to Buffalo through its man-made, 363-mile long waterway. Once responsible for New York State's booming industrial economy, the canal has more leisurely responsibilities these days, serving casual boaters, bikers, strollers and mean Canada geese. Our curious predispositions to take things for granted somet…

High Schools

Lockport's Zach Schneider was named to Volleyballmag.com's Fab 50 list, published Friday, as voted on by top Division I and II college volleyball coaches. The list is made up of the 50 best overall players in the United States, not just high school or club players. The 6-foot-6 Schneider was a first team All-Western New York selection in 2018, when he recorded 230 ki…

Food and Drink

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County’s shared-use commercial kitchen is now open for business. The Western New York Food Incubator will host an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday inside the 4-H Training Center, at 4487 Lake Ave. in the town of Lockport. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the commercial kitchen space, watch live food demonstration…

Crime

A Lockport man and a Friendship woman were arrested on drug charges after a brief pursuit, according to New York State police. Michael R. Daskavitz, 21, and Coreen R. Stewart, 19, were arrested in the parking lot of Tractor Supply, 378 W. Main St. in the Village of Arcade. Daskavitz was charged with third-degree unlawful fleeing a police officer, reckless driving and…

Gusto

The Buffalo-style chicken wing has conquered the world, having been served on all seven continents, even Antarctica. In its birthplace, many diners expect restaurants to offer their take on the classic, just as dinner at an Amalfi Coast trattoria should include a pitcher of the local rustic red wine. Wings are a piquantly sauced canary in the coal mine, because a kitche…

Crime

A 15-year-old student has been charged with making a false report following a threat Monday at Lockport High School, police said Wednesday. Police were called to the school at about 8:55 a.m. Monday after the school district received a bomb threat. The high school, North Park Middle School and Lockport High School West were searched by police due to the context of the m…

Local News

Three Lockport schools had a shelter-in-place issued Monday morning for approximately two hours before the all-clear was given, according to Lockport police. Lockport police said that the shelter-in-place was called at Lockport High, Lockport High West and North Park Junior High. Lockport Police dispatch confirmed that the shelter-in-place was prompted by a threat of so…

After 27 years in business, Creekside Sales and Service in the Town of Lockport said it will close its doors on March 31. The business, which sells lawnmowers, tractors and other types of power equipment at 6989 S. Transit Road, will conduct an auction to liquidate its assets on June 1.

Bills

A North Tonawanda man was found tied up in his truck in a parking lot. He told state troopers he had been abducted and robbed of $16,000 cash from a Super Bowl squares pool he ran. The state police say he made it all up. Robert A. Brandel, 60, fabricated a story of being abducted and robbed because he had also concocted part of his $50,000 Super Bowl squares pool, ac…