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Saturday, April 11, 2015
Darcy Provenzano, Rick Provenzano and Michael Kiff show off their prize pack they earned by finishing first in today's Sesquicentennial Scavenger Hunt. (PHOTOS BY HEATHER N. GRIMMER / ENP Photographer)

By +Scott Leffler

Twenty-five teams participated this morning and afternoon in the Lockport Sesquicentennial Scavenger Hunt, fanning out to 14 different locations within the Lock City for fun and prizes.

Lockport Mayor Anne McCaffrey stands ready to stamp 
certificates in the city's oldest park Ida Fritz Park.
A three-person team calling itself "Team Provenzano-Kiff" was the first group to make it to all the locations, collect their stamps and return to City Hall. The trio — comprised of Rick and Darcy Provenzano and Michael Kiff — performed the feat in under 90 minutes.

They were quickly followed by Team Jen Neithe, also known as Jen Neithe. Elizabeth Powers, going by "Team Elizabeth Powers," placed third. The first seven teams to return to City Hall were awarded prizes.

Starting at 10 a.m., the teams rushed from City Hall to locations such as the Big Bridge, Flight of Five, Historic Palace Theatre, Cornerstone CFCU Arena, Ida Fritz Park, Altro Park, Outwater Park, the Kenan Center and Reids. Other location included the Bewley Building, Spalding Ace Hardware, the Col. William Bond House, Emmet Belknapp and the Flight of Five Winery.

Approximately 60 people participated in the hunt. Other awardees included the Watson family, team MWG, and Melissa Clark. Gretchen McCaffrey, daughter of Mayor Anne McCaffrey, finished in 7th place but declined her prize. It was then awarded to the 8th-place finisher, the Walker family.

Tonight, the city will celebrate its 150th birthday in grand style with a party at the Historic Palace Theatre beginning at 7 p.m. The evening will include music, guest speakers, cake, ice cream and 150 sky lanterns set off at the conclusion.

The city's sesquicentennial celebration, which includes today's events and 150 events planned for June 27 - July 5, are being funded by private donations and the sale of commemorative items. No public funds are being used.

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There's more photos of the scavenger hunt here. (link)

Brandy Martucci looks over the registration form of one of the scavenger hunt participants. 

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