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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…

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. …

Local News

Low bridge, everybody down It's a song everyone who lives along the Erie Canal knows, but the boats that navigated the canal can be viewed only in a history book. Not anymore. The 88-foot "Lois McClure," a replica of an 1862 sailing canal boat, will be on display in area canal communities for the next two weeks, beginning Thursday in Medina. The boat will stop …

Crime

NIAGARA FALLS  – Middleport farmer Richard Heschke made an agreement with the Niagara County SPCA on Tuesday to turn over all of his livestock: 44 cattle, two pigs, 12 ducks, and more than two dozen cats. Niagara County SPCA Executive Director Amy Lewis said the agreement will end a civil case, which would have required him to post a bond for the continued care of the a…

Niagara County

The Niagara County SPCA charged a Middleport farmer with 47 animal cruelty counts after they found five dead cows and emaciated cattle and pigs on his farm at 2572 Drum Road. Niagara County SPCA Director Amy Lewis said they had been monitoring owner Richard Heschke, 80, since April in order to avoid charging him, but on Tuesday they found conditions had worsened and thr…