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Garlock's Restaurant, overlooking the Erie Canal in Lockport, has closed, ending 72 years of service. "It is with a very heavy heart that effective today June 5, 2018 we will be closed," its Facebook page said. "We would like to thank all of our customers both near and far that we will truly miss. "Thank you for all of the support throughout the years. The love and a…

Niagara County

Joseph "Joe" DiPasquale, a film producer, teacher and environmental activist, will announce his bid to be the Democratic candidate for the 144th New York State Assembly District at two press conferences on Tuesday in Niagara and Orleans counties. DiPasquale will outline his positions at 6 Bright St., Lockport, at 10 a.m., and again at 2 p.m. in Russell Park, Akron. D…

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On a brick street edging the Erie Canal in Lockport, the whiff of freshly roasted coffee beans infiltrates the air as you walk into Steamworks Coffee. The cafe is brimming with quirky details -- a chalkboard wall filled with scrawled signatures and doodles in funky colors, a shelf maxed out with board games, gear patterns stained into the handmade wooden tabletops, whic…

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That's right, the Transit Drive In - which makes even the coldest day feel like summer - is gearing up for its opening weekend on April 13. The drive-in will initially show movies on Fridays and Saturdays. On May 18, it plans to expand to its full seven-day-a-week schedule with movies on all five screens. Movies start at 8:30 p.m. Here’s what you can see this weekend…

Food and Drink

Making a single unusual food item the foundation of your restaurant's menu is a risky proposition. Menu writers tend to head in the other direction, offering broad catchment areas for customer dollars. Joe Blaszczak and Adrienne Seekins didn’t play it that way. In December, when they opened Stooges in Lockport's Old Town Hall, they were willing to gamble their first res…

Food and Drink

Expanding a small but growing category in the greater Buffalo area, Boone’s Hillside BBQ is throwing its hat in the ring as a new smokehouse contender in Cambria. Operating out of a quaint white-washed building on a rural northern hillside, it’s an inviting and rustic environment that says “BBQ," though the smell alone should put you in the mood. There’s a variety of…

Crime

A man allegedly driving recklessly with five children under 10 years old in his vehicle was arrested by State Police Saturday on Ruhlman Road in Lockport, State Police said. Troopers arrested Alexander C. Ruof-Brown, 26, of Lockport, on charges including criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a stimulant and aggravated driving while intoxicated under Le…

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 …

High Schools

Michael Maurer completed a clean sweep through high school as the Section VI individual medley champion. The Hamburg senior won his fourth consecutive title in the 200 IM, leading throughout and pulling away at the end to finish with a time of 1:57.10, on Friday at the Section VI boys swimming championships at the University at Buffalo’s Alumni Arena Pool. The Canisi…

Cornerstone Community Federal Credit Union has selected its next CEO: Eric M. Hepkins. Hepkins will join the Lockport-based credit union from HSBC Bank USA. He will succeed Ann M. Hood, who will retire Feb. 28. Hood has been with the credit union for 34 years, serving as CEO since 2000. Hepkins, a local native, has 17 years of experience in financial services, in…

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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…

Business

More than 2,300 hourly workers at General Motors' two area plants are eligible for profit-sharing checks of up to $11,750. GM announced the size of the profit sharing checks for United Auto Workers-represented workers on Tuesday, based on the automaker's full-year North American profits for 2017. GM said 1,325 workers at its Town of Tonawanda engine plant and 1,012 w…

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Lockport High School boys volleyball star Zach Schneider announced via Instagram that he will take his talents to Long Beach State in California. As of three days ago, Long Beach was ranked first in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, followed by UCLA, Ohio State and Hawaii. Schneider, a junior, helped the Lions win the Section VI Division I championshi…

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Six of the 15 sectional champions from last year were underclassmen, with most competing at the lighter weight classes. Last year’s champions from 145 pounds and up all graduated. While there are quite a few opportunities for newcomers, many of last year’s winners have changed weight classes. That includes Lancaster sophomore Ryan Stencel, the top-ranked D-I wrestler…

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Pos. Name, School, Year, fast fact OH Troy Gooch, Canisius, 12, Third-year starter and Monsignor Martin Player of the Year earned all-tournament honors five times, recording 569 kills and 62 aces. OH Drew Hesse, Eden, 12, Two-year starter earned all-tournament honors in several events, including the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association championship…