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Medina advanced to the semifinals of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association baseball tournament for the first time since 2003 with a 10-2 triumph against Section VI’s LeRoy on Saturday at Lockport. They’ll play Section II’s Schuylerville at Binghamton University on Friday. A win would take Medina to the state final for the first time. Section VIII…

Business

Developers from Orleans County and Pennsylvania kicked off construction of Cobblestone Hotels' first location in New York state last week with a new hotel planned for Medina. Investor Todd "Booka" Haynes of Medina Hospitality is teaming up with Pennsylvania's Creekside Hospitality to erect a 58-room Cobblestone Inn & Suites inside the Medina Business Park, between P…

High Schools

Three years ago, Aidan Shaw came up short in a sudden-death playoff for a spot in the state championship tournament field. Playing the same No. 10 hole at River Oaks on Monday, the Orchard Park junior drew on that experience to win the Section VI boys golf title in a playoff with Medina junior Ian Wagner. “To get another chance here on the same hole in playoff and come o…

Gusto

As fat flakes of snow coat Mariachi De Oro in rural Medina, young local business owners find heated refuge for the evening inside its sandy orange dining room, slathering tacos in peanut butter hot sauce and downing mezcal shots. Leonel Rosario closed his restaurant early for his private tasting dinner. Around the table, guests boisterously talk business and family ove…

Crime

A Medina woman was charged Thursday night with aggravated driving while intoxicated after police said she was driving drunk with two children in her car. Genesee County sheriff's deputies investigating the report of an erratic driver pulled over Sharnice S. Gibson on Alleghany Road in Alabama just before midnight, the Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Gibson, …

Crime

A female inmate from Albion Correctional Facility attacked a correction officer last week while the inmate was at the emergency room at Medina Memorial Hospital, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and the correction officers' union. The attack happened last Friday afternoon in a bathroom at the Orleans County hospital, according t…

Business

A Pennsylvania investor group is planning to construct a new Cobblestone Inn & Suites in the growing Medina Business Park, after the Orleans County Economic Development Agency agreed to sell five acres of land to the group. Led by Todd W. "Booka" Hanes, the group from St. Marys, Pa., wants to put the upper-midscale hotel of 58 rooms inside Western New York's largest…

Business

A Middleport businessman has acquired a vacant industrial complex in the Orleans County Village of Medina, with plans to redevelop the facility and lease it to new manufacturing or commercial tenants. Kyle Brent, through B360 Holdings, purchased the 33.85-acre Bernzomatic plant at 1 Bernzomatic Drive from a subsidiary of Newell Brands, the maker of Rubbermaid products. …

Attractions

You don't need me to tell you where to find apple cider or how to go pumpkin picking or where to do all the typical fall things. I mean, I did. But, we all know about pumpkin patches. It's easy to feel fatigued of the stereotypical fall activities halfway through the season. Or, maybe you've simply done them all. Or you would rather get a matching cat tattoo or drink an…

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

Jamie Leszczynski was talking through a Bluetooth speaker as she drove, the highway landscape flowing past her car at a velocity that seemed fitting to the way our culture moves these days. At that moment, it was less than a week since Anthony Bourdain – chef, author and television star – took his own life, his death occurring only days after famed designer Kate Spade m…

High Schools

Brocton baseball is heading to the state semifinals for the first time in school history. Ronald Brown threw nine strikeouts in a complete-game outing as the Bulldogs downed Avoca, 5-1, in the Class D Far West Regional at Diethrick Park in Jamestown. “It means a lot,” Brocton Coach Raymond Rosas said. “It feels cool not only for the school district, but the village a…

Gusto

Mile 303, a restaurant with decor inspired by the nearby Erie Canal, is offering Orleans County creative cuisine and cocktails to match. The restaurant, at 416 Main St., Medina, is on the first floor of a building constructed in 1867, wears its age with pride. Inside the front door, a section of wall bares its lath to the world. Battered wooden floors serve as a fitt…

Food and Drink

A new bar-restaurant in Medina aims to please eyes as well as palates with a unique sculpture of the Erie Canal that runs through the dining room, serving as bar and table tops as well as decor. The interior of Mile 303, 416 Main St., has a turquoise stream flowing through it that rises and dips, echoing in an abstract way the topography of the canal. It's made of hard …

Food and Drink

A new bar-restaurant in Medina aims to please eyes as well as palates with a unique sculpture of the Erie Canal that runs through the dining room, serving as bar and table tops as well as decor. The interior of Mile 303, 416 Main St., has a turquoise stream flowing through it that rises and dips, echoing in an abstract way the topography of the canal. It's made of hard …