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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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Devils win battle of champs Taha Ahmed scored in the sixth minute and Ross Showalter in the 46th as the defending Class AA boys soccer champion Clarence defeated Monsignor Martin champion St. Joe’s, 2-1, in the final of the Clarence Tournament. The Marauders’ main rival, Canisius, kicked off its season and Monsignor Martin slate with a 3-0 home victory against Bishop…

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Bennett | Clarence | Hutch-Tech | Lancaster | Lockport | Niagara Falls | Orchard Park | Williamsville North Bennett Tigers (4-4) Coach: Stevenson McDuffie, seventh season Home field: All High Stadium Program founded: Unknown Outlook: The goal is to return to a Section VI final (in the fourth different class) for the fourth time in five seasons. Though it won't b…

Business

Steak Stone & Sushi, an Asian restaurant in Lockport, has expanded with a second location in Niagara Falls. Steak Stone & Sushi has opened its new restaurant at 1340 Military Road, offering its wide array of Asian menu items with a steak-stone grill that heats to more than 800 degrees. The restaurant's original location is at 5772 S. Transit Road. Owner and o…

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A first since Prohibition: a Buffalo-area brewery will expand to a neighboring city. Flourishing since its 2015 opening on South Transit Road in Lockport, New York Beer Project has made the most of its $3+ million built-from-scratch facility, brewing a wide range of beers, hosting regular events, running a full-service restaurant and becoming a destination for a still-c…

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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…

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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 …

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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…