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Thursday, March 31, 2016
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BUFFALO -- Johan Larsson and Cal O'Reilly each scored a pair of goals for the Buffalo Sabres as the team beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 at First Niagara Center.

Larsson's first goal came at 7:09 of the first period, assisted by Brian Gionta and Marcus Foligno. O'Reilly netted his first at 19:14 -- on the power play -- assisted by Jack Eichel and Ryan O'Reilly.

In the second, O'Reilly scored again, assisted by David Legwand and Josh Gorges at 3:41. Brooks Laich scored Toronto's only goal at 13:32, assisted by Tobias Lindberg and Frank Corrado.

Larsson bagged an empty-netter with three seconds remaining in regulation to account for the Sabres fourth and final goal. Jake McCabe and Zach Bogosian assisted.

NOTES: 

  • With tonight's win, the Sabres improved to 7-4-4 (.600) in March, making it the team's best month since April 2013 (8-4-0).
  • The Sabres improved to 17-1-1 in their last 19 home games against the Maple Leafs, including wins in each of the last seven.
  • Tonight's game marked Cal O'Reilly's first career multi-goal game and his first multi-point game since Nov. 7, 2010 at ANA (1+1).
  • Cal O'Reilly's first goal (assisted by Ryan O'Reilly) marked the first time in Sabres history that two brothers have combined on a goal.
  • Johan Larsson (2+0) also recorded his first career multi-goal game and tied his career high with five shots.
  • Chad Johnson earned his 20th win of the season, becoming the first Sabres goaltender to reach that mark since Ryan Miller in 2011-12.





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Lake Effect Ice Cream is offering a brand new sundae and a free extra scoop on select ice cream cones for opening day on Friday. (PHOTO COURTESY OF LAKE EFFECT ICE CREAM / FACEBOOK)

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It's no joke; Lake Effect Ice Cream is opening for the season at 4 p.m. Friday with an offer of a free extra scoop to each small or medium cone on opening day.

The artisan ice cream shop is also unveiling a brand new sundae for the 2016 season on Friday, according to its Facebook page.
Say 'hello' to the Blue Table Trio. We chose three of our most popular flavors and paired each with an amazing Blue Table Chocolates Truffle. The first scoop is our Peanut Butter Epiphany topped with peanut butter sauce and a peanut butter hazelnut praline truffle. Next, we have a scoop of Revolution Coffee ice cream topped with espresso sauce and a coffee hazelnut truffle. Last, we have a scoop of our Salty Caramel ice cream topped with caramel fudge and a salted caramel truffle.
This sundae is something to behold and even better to eat.



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BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres announced this morning that forward Evander Kane is a scratch for tonight's game due to an upper body injury.

Head Coach Dan Bylsma later announced that Kane's "upper body injury" will have him sitting for three to four weeks, effectively ending the season for Kane, who did not play in the Sabres' 5-4 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday after he sustained the injury on Monday against the Detroit Red Wings.

The Sabres have five games remaining, including tonight's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Their final game of the season is April 9.



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Josephine D. Brown passed away Thursday March 31, 2016 in Niagara Hospice House.

Born in Lockport on November 15, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Salvatore and Josephine Merlo D’Auria. Josephine worked at Harrison Radiator in production, she was a life member of St. Joseph’s RC Church. After she retired, Josephine enjoyed traveling, walking along the towpath on the Erie Canal, and most importantly, spending time with her family who loved her very much and will miss her deeply. Josephine is predeceased by her husband, Michael Brown, who passed away November 3, 1997.

Josephine was the loving mother of Bob (Margaret) Brown, Michael (Susan) Brown, Joseph Brown, Diane (Thomas) Sansone and Debra (David) Bernardi; Nana Jo of 13 and great grandmother of 23. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Josephine is predeceased by her siblings, John, Salvatore, Joseph, Michael and Lena D’Auria, Mary Machelski, Genevieve Nocera and Connie Kasprazak.

Friends may call Sunday April 3rd from 1-5 PM at Prudden and Kandt Funeral Home, 242 Genesee St., Lockport.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday April 4th at 10 AM at All Saints Parish Oratory, 391 Market St., Lockport.  Entombment will be in Glenwood Mausoleum. Memorials to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY 14094, would be appreciated by the family.

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The National Weather Service calls for showers today with a high near 65. Windy, with a southwest wind 21 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 46 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Thursday Night: Occasional showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 1am, then showers likely. Low around 50. Breezy, with a southwest wind 21 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday: A chance of showers, mainly before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. West wind 11 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Friday Night: A chance of showers, mainly after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. Southwest wind 7 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday: Showers likely, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Saturday Night: Rain showers before 9pm, then snow showers. Low around 23. Blustery. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Sunday: A chance of snow showers before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31. Blustery. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Sunday Night: Snow likely, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Monday: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 33. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Monday Night: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 33.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.

Wednesday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. Chance of precipitation is 30%.



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Wednesday, March 30, 2016


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The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Niagara and northern Erie Counties for 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday.

The advisory suggests that there may be strong winds of 20 to 35 mph with gusts of up to 50 mph in the affected areas, mainly near the Lake Erie shoreline and Niagara River.

Strong winds may cause minor property damage and isolated power outages. Residents are advised to secure loose items around their properties. Travel may also be difficult -- especially for high profile vehicles.

A wind advisory is issued when sustained winds are forecast to be 31 to 39 mph or gusts will range between 46 and 57 mph.



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A fire in the basement of a Church Street home was extinguished by the Lockport Fire Department before it spread to the rest of the home.

According to LFD Chief Pat Brady, firefighters arrived on scene at 93 Church Street at 5:31 p.m., extinguishing the fire and wrapping up by 6:01 p.m.

Seven on-duty firefighters and Chief Brady reported to the scene with Engines 7 and 8, finding smoke coming from the front door area of house. The residents of the home had all safely evacuated
the residence prior to the fire department’s arrival.

Firefighters advanced a hose line in through the front door and then down into the smoke filled basement, where the family’s clothes dryer was found to be in flames. The fire was quickly extinguished with 25 gallons of water.  Firefighters checked the rest of the basement to make sure the fire had been contained inside the clothes dryer and had not extended anywhere else inside the residence.

The clothes dryer was removed from the basement and fire department personnel cleared the home of smoke. The clothes dryer, valued at $750, was listed as a total loss with very minor water and smoke damage noted inside the residence.



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MIDDLEPORT -- Cornerstone Community Credit Union is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the robbery suspect who fled the bank with cash Thursday afternoon.

According to information from the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, the culprit is described as a white male, approximately 5-foot, 5-inches to 5-foot, 8-inches tall with a stocky build, with short dark hair and scruffy facial hair. He was last seen wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, blue Levi jeans, a white baseball hat, dark-colored, thick-rimmed, glasses and what appeared to be a gold cross necklace.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Inv. Tracy Steen of the Niagara County Sheriff's Office at 438-3337 during normal business hours or Niagara County Dispatch at 438-3393.



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Jennie L. Palladino Dunning passed away on Tuesday March 29, 2016.

Born in Emporium, PA., on March 9, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Francesca Troncone. Jennie was a self-employed beautician for over 50 years. She enjoyed golfing, bowling, BINGO, going to the casino and going to church at All Saints RC Church, where she was a member of the Altar & Rosary Society. Jennie is predecease by her husbands, Harry Palladino, who passed away in 1971, and Richard Dunning, who passed away in 2003.

Jennie was the mother of Richard (Sharon) Palladino, James (Sharon) Palladino, Joanna (Don) Avjean, Michael (Debra) Palladino and the late Sharon Archie; grandmother of Michael Palladino, Ashley Hudson, Nick Viverito, Amanda Garcia, Andrea Siracusano, Emily Prokhorenko, James M. Palladino, Eloise Updegraph, Randy Palladino and Deanne Polanin; great grandmother of 11.  Jennie was the sister of Steven Troncone and James Troncone.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Jennie is predeceased by her 7 sisters.

Friends may call Friday April 1st 3-7 PM, at Prudden and Kandt Funeral Home, 242 Genesee St., Lockport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday April 2nd at 10 AM, at All Saints RC Parish, 76 Church Street, Lockport. Interment will be in Cold Spring Cemetery.  Online

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TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Sheriff's Office is investigating a robbery that occurred shortly before 4 a.m. at the Sunoco gas station at 5985 South Transit Road.

According to NCSO, a black female entered the store at approximately 3:48 a.m. and told the clerk she had a gun.

The clerk described the woman as 5-foot, 4-inches tall with a heavy build, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and a black ball cap with a white emblem on the front.

The suspect exited the store and was observed by the clerk fleeing the scene northbound on South Transit Road.

Anyone with any information is asked to call NCSO Inv. John Wick at 438-3342 during business hours or the Sheriff's Office 24-hour hotline at 438-3393.



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The National Weather Service calls for mostly sunny skies today with a high near 64. Southwest wind 7 to 11 mph.
Wednesday Night: A slight chance of showers after 1am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 54. South wind 9 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

Thursday: Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11 a.m. High near 64. Windy, with a southwest wind 23 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Thursday Night: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 2 a.m., then a chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 44. Breezy, with a southwest wind 17 to 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday: A chance of showers, mainly after 8 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Friday Night: A chance of rain showers before 4 a.m., then a chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Saturday: Snow showers likely before 8 a.m., then rain and snow showers likely between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., then rain showers likely after 9 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.
Saturday Night: A chance of rain and snow showers before 10 p.m., then a chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 23. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

Sunday: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.

Monday: A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
Monday Night: A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 44.



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PITTSBURGH -- The Buffalo Sabres took a point from Pittsburgh after losing a three-goal first period lead and coming back to tie the game against the Penguins in the third period.

Buffalo scored three times in the first -- a power play goal by Matt Moulson at 9:26, a short-handed goal by Ryan O'Reilly at 14:05 and a regular strength goal by Jake McCabe at 18:58.

The second period belonged to Pittsburgh with goals by Ben Lovejoy, Conor Sheary, Tom Kuhnhackl and Nick Bonino to put the Penguins up 4-3.

Zach Bogosian scored a power play goal for Buffalo 2:13 into the third period to tie the game up at 4-4.

After a scoreless overtime period, Buffalo netminder Chad Johnson allowed two Penguins goals in the shootout, while the Sabres were unable to put the puck past the Penguins goalie, leading to the 5-4 final.

Buffalo next plays Thursday night when the Toronto Maple Leafs come to First Niagara Center.



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Rodney H. Covell passed away March 28, 2016 in the Odd Fellow Rebekah Health Care Facility.  

Born October 3, 1930 in Lockport, he was the son of Edward and Dorothy Pless Covell. Rodney served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict before he started his banking career with the Liberty Bank in Buffalo. He retired after several years in 1996. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the B. Leo Dolan Post American Legion and enjoyed golfing and playing cards with many of his friends.

Rodney was the husband of the late Marilyn L. (Mente) Covell who passed away February 22, 2009; brother of Paul E. (Margaret) Covell, Peter E. (Janice) Covell, both of Lockport and the late Robert H. Covell. He is also survived by his sister in law Ida Covell, Philip and Arlene Marshrey of Reno, NV his dear friend Nancy Lyons and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends may call Sunday April 3, 2016 from 3 to 7 PM in Prudden and Kandt Funeral Home, 242 Genesee Street, Lockport where services will be held Monday April 4, 2016 at 11 AM.   Interment will be in Cold Spring Cemetery. Memorials to the Abiding Memorial Fund, c/o Trinity Lutheran Church, 67 Saxton Street, Lockport, NY 14094 would be appreciated by the family.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016
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Police search an area of Genesee Street this afternoon following a shooting
on South Street. (HEATHER N. GRIMMER / ENP  PHOTOGRAPHER)
A police scene this afternoon in the Impact Zone was the result of multiple gunshots fired on South Street at approximately 3:30 p.m., according to LPD.

Police officials say a silver car traveling west on South Street fired gunshots at unknown individuals in a parking lot at the corner of South Street and Elm Court. The individuals in the parking lot then returned fire with a "long gun."

All subjects fled the scene, leading police to close off the area, as well as part of Genesee Street near Locust Street.

There were no injuries related to the incident and no immediate arrests, although police had some people held for questioning. A shotgun was recovered in between Elm Court and Genesee Street.

RELATED: More photos from the scene



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Three local police agencies have Genesee Street blocked off at Locust Street at this hour.

While police weren't offering any details, they were asking the public to stay off the sidewalk on the south side of the 200 block of Genesee Street while they concentrated their efforts in that area.

According to an unnamed Niagara County Sheriff's deputy, the scene was under the command of LPD and any information concerning the incident would have to come from them.

At this time, there are at least a dozen police officers from LPD, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office and New York State Police in the area, mostly focusing on a Genesee Street home near the Locust Street intersection.

We'll bring you more information when it becomes available.

UPDATE: Police investigating multiple gunshots



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Caroline Wojtaszek
Niagara County District Attorney candidate Caroline Wojtaszek will have the backing of the county Independence Party.

Niagara County Independence Party Chairwoman Susan Agnello Eberwein called the former prosecutor “the reformer we need to restore public trust” in the DA’s office in an endorsement announcement offered on Monday.

“As a taxpayer and county resident, I know that we need to get our District Attorney’s office back on track,” Eberwein said. “The problem is not with most of our prosecutors—they are capable and have a good track record enforcing the law. What is needed, though, is effective leadership. Caroline Wojtaszek offers that.”

The endorsement comes less than a week after Wojtaszek announced her candidacy. Wojtaszek, an experienced prosecutor who spent more than a dozen years in the DA’s office, is currently law clerk to County Court Judge Sara Sheldon. During her time as a top prosecutor, Wojtaszek successfully tried and won convictions in several high-profile murder, rape, and sex abuse trials.

“The District Attorney needs to be someone experienced in keeping us safe from criminals, but also who knows how to best apply the law to protect communities, preserve family structures, and repair underlying problems. Caroline Wojtaszek’s long tenure as a prosecutor—a successful prosecutor—makes her the best possible candidate,” Chairwoman Eberwein said.

“The DA is also a manager, though, and that office needs reform and oversight, and most importantly, a commitment to professional ethics. Caroline Wojtaszek is a principled leader and will be a great DA.”



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This calla lily was painted at
a prior Marjim Manor Taste
and Paint. (CONTRIBUTED)
APPLETON -- The Winery at Marjim Manor will host a Taste and Paint workshop at 7 p.m. April 12 at the winery.

For $40, participants receive all the materials, refreshments and a glass of wine for those over 21. Teri Seddon will be the instructor.  In about two hours, she will take the participants from blank canvas to finished artwork.

This month’s painting will be an iris. This lesson will focus on color blending and shadowing. Suggestions for future paintings are welcome.

Reservations are strongly suggested. They can be made on-line at www.MarjimManor.com or by calling the winery at 778-7001.



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BARKER -- A free, public presentation on raptor migration will be held in the Barker High School Cafeteria at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Biologist and naturalist Brett Ewald of Lakeshore Nature Tours will talk about various raptor species that are known to Western New York, their timing and distribution, and why they migrate through the region the way they do.

Ewald has been studying and enjoying birds and nature for over 35 years. His passion for birds and their conservation has led to his involvement in many research and educational projects, specializing in migration and distribution patterns. These endeavors have taken him from the mountains of New Mexico to the beaches of New Jersey. A native of Western New York, his recent research efforts have concentrated on this region; he is the former Director of the Hamlin Beach Lakewatch for Braddock Bay Raptor Research, and co-authored a publication on waterbird movements on Lake Ontario.

The public is welcome to attend and asked to use the Haight Road entrance to the cafeteria.

The presentation is hosted by Braddock Bay Bird Observatory and Sponsored by Save Ontario Shores, Inc.



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Ronald H. Golding passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Sunday March 27, 2016 in ECMC, Buffalo.

Born in Lockport on January 21, 1941, he was the son of the late George H. and Evelyn P. Schultz Golding. He served in the US Army from 1963 until 1965. Ronald was the President of George H. Golding Trucking, Inc., Lock City Trucking and Lock City Leasing. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, bowling and boating.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Eileen (nee Trautman) Golding; father of Mark (Tracey) Golding, Michelle (Bryan) Ababurko and the late Cheryl Golding, who passed away April 20, 1990. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Ryan and Jillian Golding and Emma Ababurko. Ronald is predeceased by his sisters, Judith Cercone and Sharon Golding.

Friends may call Friday April 1st 2-4 and 6-8 PM in Prudden and Kandt Funeral Home, Inc., 242 Genesee St., Lockport. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. Flowers are gratefully declined and memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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The National Weather Service calls for sunny skies today with a high near 41. Northwest wind around 17 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 26. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Southwest wind 9 to 11 mph.
Wednesday Night: Showers likely, mainly after 2am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 51. Breezy, with a southwest wind 8 to 13 mph increasing to 17 to 22 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Thursday: Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 5pm. High near 61. Windy, with a southwest wind 23 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Thursday Night: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 11pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46. Breezy.
Friday Night: A chance of rain showers before 3am, then a chance of rain and snow showers between 3am and 4am, then a chance of snow showers after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Saturday: A chance of snow showers before 8am, then a chance of rain and snow showers between 8am and 9am, then a chance of rain showers after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Saturday Night: Rain and snow showers likely, becoming all snow after 9pm. Cloudy, with a low around 24. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Sunday Night: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 34.



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A report of a grenade shut down a Lockport business and major intersection this evening.

Lockport Police responded to Walnut and Locust streets around 9:30 p.m. in response to a call that there was a live grenade -- or grenades -- inside Toys from Lo, a used toy store on Locust Street near Walnut.

While reports differ on what police actually found, and LPD has yet to release a statement on the incident, the owner of the store said that the incident stemmed from a purchase he had made earlier in the day.

Store owner Josh Lopez posted publicly on his personal Facebook page that he had purchased a remote controlled car from a kid, which turned out to be broken. When he asked for his money back, the kid called police saying he had a bomb in the store.


Police re-opened the intersection shortly before 11 p.m.



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Monday, March 28, 2016
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DETROIT -- A pair of late goals for the Buffalo Sabres Monday night just needed a third to tie the game against the Detroit Red Wings. But that third goal did not come, leading to a 3-2 Detroit win over Buffalo.

Detroit took the lead at 18:32 of the first period on a Dylan Larkin power play goal, assisted by Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall.

The Red Wings added to their lead at 9:05 of the second period with a Riley Sheahan goal, unassisted.

In the third, Luke Glendening scored on a wrist shot at 17:00, assisted by Zetterberg. But then the Sabres began a comeback as Zemgus Girgensons scored on a wrist shot of his own 10 seconds later. Brian Gionta and Rasmus Ristolainen assisted. Just 61 seconds after that, Sam Reinhart score his 22nd goal of the season, assisted by Casey Nelson and Ryan O'Reilly. The slapshot goal made for the 3-2 Detroit final.

The Sabres next play the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday in Pittsburgh.



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Registration full-day kindergarten in the Lockport City School District will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 6 at the Lockport Early Childhood Center gymnasium, 51 High St.

Registration is for all Lockport City School District resident children (including current PreK students) who will be 5 on or before Dec. 1.



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Lockport-area gas prices are up seven cents to $1.996 a gallon, according to AAA East Central’s weekly Fuel Gauge report. The average price of self-serve regular unleaded gasoline last week, based on reports from 22 stations in the Lockport area, is $1.901. This time last year, gasoline was $2.483 in Lockport. The national average is $2.039.

The national average price of gas climbed above $2 per gallon last Thursday for the first time in 2016, and average prices have increased for 21 consecutive days. Despite the recent increase, average gas prices remain 39 cents per gallon less than a year ago.

Many refineries are conducting seasonal maintenance, which has led to a decline in fuel production. In addition, refineries are preparing to produce summer-blend gasoline. This blend of gasoline is mandated by the EPA and is less prone to evaporate and contribute to air pollution in warmer temperatures. Retailers in many parts of the country are required to sell this summer-blend of gasoline by June 1, and leading up to this deadline, refineries and storage facilities also adjust their supply in order to comply with the regulation. During the months of March and April, refineries will begin the transition to producing and storing this blend of gasoline, and often “sell-off” or “draw-down” on their existing supply of gasoline in order to make room for this seasonal blend of gas. The combination of the above factors generally contributes to rising prices at the pump, leading into the busy summer driving season.

Varying expectations of future supply and demand have contributed to the global oil market’s overall volatility. As a result, the global price of crude oil continues to seesaw on news related to potential market influencers, and many traders are focused on the upcoming meeting between the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and non-OPEC producers scheduled for April 17. West Texas Intermediate crude oil opened the week trading a bit higher, following a week of fluctuating prices due to news of increasing crude oil inventories balanced against reports of falling rig counts in the United States. The NYMEX was closed on Friday in observance of Good Friday, and WTI closed out Thursday’s formal trading sesson on the NYMEX down 33 cents and settled at $39.46 per barrel.



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Lockport Family YMCA swimmers pose for a photo. The team recently
performed at state swim championships. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)
Lockport Family YMCA Swimmers traveled to UB pool to compete with over 1,200 swimmers from across New York State, hosting 38 teams with swimmers from 6 to 19 who will be heading to YMCA Nationals in April. The Lockport YMCA team ranked 25 overall.

The Lockport Family YMCA's top finishers were:

  • Mark Crocker 2nd in 100 fly with a new YMCA record of 57.45. (Crocker also finished 4th in the 50 free and 7th in 200 free.)
  • Aiden Moran 3rd in 100 free, 4th in 50 free and 11th in 25 fly.
  • Madison Fragale 3rd in 50 breast, 10th 100 IM, 12th in 50 fly.
  • Elizabeth Swartz 8th 100 free, 7th 200 free, 4th 50 free.
  • Jacob Schnure 16th 50 free, 23rd 50 fly, 25th 100 free.
  • Lydia Lamont 8th 25 back , 33rd 25 free.
  • Madisen Rosenberg 16th 25 fly, 31st 25 free.

Other Lockport YMCA swim achievements included:

  • Gina Artieri 21st 500 free, 33rd 200 free
  • Skyler Masse 24th 100 fly
  • Meghan Mietlicki 29th 50 free, 35th 200 free, 33rd 100 free.
  • Logan Ramos 23rd 50 free, 19th 25 back, 24th 25 fly.
  • Megan Tatro 22nd 100 fly & 200 IM, 26th 100 back.

The YMCA Stingrays swim team will be celebrating the 2015-2016 swim season at their awards banquet, April 10.



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ROCHESTER -- Kirkland Feeney of the RIT wrestling team has been named to the 2016 Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference (ECWC) All-Academic Team.

Recipients of this honor must have a 3.30 cumulative grade point average or higher (through the last eligible grading period of the current academic year) while completing an entire season as a member of a conference institution's wrestling team. Freshmen and transfers that have been enrolled full-time for at least one semester are eligible to receive this honor. A total of 47 wrestlers were honored as members of the ECWC All-Academic Team.

Feeney hails from Lockport.



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Abigail Voss of Barker is working on the Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department's production of "Grease," to be performed April 15-17 at the Callahan Theater at Nazareth College Arts Center.

A 1971 musical written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, and named after the 1950s American working-class youth dubbed "greasers" (because of the boys' greased-back hairstyles), Grease is set in 1959 at fictional Rydell High School, and follows 10 working-class teenagers as they navigate peer pressure, politics, and love. The duck-tailed, hot-rodding Burger Palace Boys and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking Pink Ladies in bobby sox and pedal pushers evoke the look and sound of a generation. Led by head "greaser" Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski, the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as "Greased Lightnin'," "Summer Nights," and more, all recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley.

Grease has been successful on both stage and screen, and by the time it closed in 1980 the show's 3,388-performance run was the longest yet in Broadway history. The stage production has been nominated for three Tony Awards (1972 for Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical, 1994 for Best Revival of a Musical, and 2008 for Best Revival of a Musical), and remains Broadway's 15th longest-running show.

General admission tickets to Grease are $19-$20, and all students receive half-price tickets at the door with valid school ID. For tickets, call - or visit - the Box Office: (585) 389-2170 or order online at artscenter.naz.edu.

The Nazareth College Arts Center Box Office is located on campus, at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, New York, 14618. Regular box office hours are Monday- Friday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., and for one hour prior to curtain time for Nazareth College Theatre Arts and Dance Department performances.



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The National Weather Service calls for showers today, mainly before 4 p.m. The temperature will rise to near 53 this morning then fall to around 40 during the remainder of the day. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Monday Night: A chance of showers, mainly before 7 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 44. Northwest wind around 15 mph.
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 26. Northwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Wednesday; Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.
Wednesday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

Thursday: Showers. High near 63. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.
Thursday Night: Showers, mainly before 8 p.m. Low around 42. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

Friday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.
Friday Night: A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Saturday: A chance of rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 44. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
Saturday Night: A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

Sunday: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25. Blustery. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.



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Sunday, March 27, 2016
With the “Strap Railroad” taking its last voyage in 1851, and its loud and threatening steam boilers all but forgotten, Lockport was now beginning to experience some growing pains.  By 1960, the Erie Canal Enlargement Project was nearly complete, and new industries were starting to take notice of the expanding Village of Lockport.  New ideas and new industry began flooding into the area even though the Civil War was on every American’s mind.

In 1864, Birdsill Holly positioned his new company, the Holly Manufacturing Company, to take full advantage of the Erie Canal Enlargement that was finally complete.  The enlargement also meant more waterpower than ever before, and he began to find ways to utilize it.  In 1865, his patented system to pressurize water allowed for the people of Lockport to have not only the convenience of modern indoor plumbing, but also the protection of his fire hydrants that were located throughout the newly incorporated City.

This pressurized system was so popular that dignitaries from all over the world were now strolling up and down the busy storefronts of Pine, Main and Market Streets.  The Holly Manufacturing Company was planning to build a brand new factory, and blasted a tunnel beneath their property on the northern side of the canal, accessing the waters above Lock 71, and thereby creating a 12-foot diameter tube of power.

His machinery ran off of that power, and by 1867, their success would allow the Holly Manufacturing Company to expand and build an enormous “Castle” atop the basin escarpment.

People were traveling to Lockport to witness the genius of Birdsill Holly, but he wasn’t the only Lockportian making an impact.  Everyone wanted to see what Mr. Holly was working on now, much like the throngs of people waiting to enter Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.  Holly’s success led to even more traffic for business downtown, and people seemed to be everywhere, strolling in and out of shops, crossing the streets and checking out the window displays.  It was here that a young Lockport native, Alonzo J. McMaster, began to see a need.



McMaster had served his 28th Regiment well during the Civil War, and on his return home began to envision a way to transport people more comfortably and efficiently.  He saw the bustling streets of Lockport as an opportunity to create a business, the business of public transportation.  In 1881, he saw a new invention created in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, called the Herdic Carriage, named after its inventor, Peter Herdic.  McMaster knew that this carriage showed a lot of promise, and he could introduce it and make it very popular in Lockport as well.

Herdic’s carriage had a number of improvements over previous types of carriages, especially the jaw-jarring stagecoach.  The body was mounted on springs that were attached to the axles, body and shaft, creating a much smoother ride.  These carriages were designed for 8 people with a low entry door on the rear of the vehicle, and passengers would sit on two benches facing one another.  Each of these carriages was small enough to move freely throughout the busy streets, and they could maneuver well enough to pickup and release the paying passengers at the curb.

Most were businessmen trying to make it to, or back to, work on time, but visitors from all over the world found the Carriages to be rather quaint and novel, and for a mere 5 cents a ride, it was surely a must do.



By 1885, McMaster had a fleet of these Herdic Carriages running people all around busy Lockport.  His entrepreneurial nature positioned him as the very first public transportation business in Lockport, predecessor even to the Lockport Horse Car Railroad of 1886.

However, McMaster had even more to his vision, and he was working diligently to patent a unique vehicle all of his own.

In our history books, any mention of Westward Expansion is invariably seen with a covered wagon. Post Civil War America found many in search of a new life, and the open territories of the Midwest,
and California, were soon to be calling.  These early “trailers” would carry all of the provisions needed for a long, and bumpy, journey to wherever the settlers may have been headed.  They certainly provided for the need, but they made travel somewhat rough and exhausting.



McMaster saw the market for a more personalized vehicle, one that was more like a home, something like the home they just left behind.

He conceived of a wagon that, while on the road, could transform itself into all of the modern conveniences of home, and in 1885, he patented his own “McMaster Wagon.”

It was drawn by two horses and contained practically every convenience known to Man at the time. It accommodated 4 people, and the driver’s seat was on the outside, under a projected roofline, which gave ample cover during inclement weather.

The front end of the wagon could open up with the drivers seat folding down into a kitchen table. Once the table was in place, a drawer was exposed that held all of the cooking utensils and ware.

The dining area was transformed from the rear door, which when folded down also doubled as an ironing board, or clothes press. The back of each of the upholstered seats turned up and made two upper berths for sleeping, much like a kitchen dinette in our modern camping trailers.

There was a water tank on the top of the wagon that supplied flowing water to the lavatory, another necessity that was hard to leave at home.

McMaster traveled often with his creations to many different cities throughout the Midwest.  His innovation caught the eye of countless enthusiasts, and many of his other wagons would find a home in the Yellowstone Park to be used by their own transportation company.

The Lockport Daily Journal would often publish accounts of McMaster’s travels with his prototype’s, and on September 13, 1890, wrote:
Mr. McMaster has just returned from an extended western trip in the interests of his camping car.  He has a car named “Minneapolis,” at the Minneapolis Exposition, which received much praise and attention.  It is visited daily by hundreds of people who wish to see the inside of it.  Orders are coming in from all parts of the country. It is rated as the greatest novelty at the Exposition.”
McMaster also had another version that he called “Niagara,” which he used as a showcase in New York City.  That vehicle was later purchased by a former Supreme Court Justice, William A. Gold, who often used it for vacationing with his wife in Olcott, NY.

McMaster’s novelties became so widely accepted, that it could arguably be said, that his ingenuity pioneered the Recreational Camping Industry.  Even today, the names associated with the large Camping Trailers don’t necessarily give homage to McMaster, but it was his concept of taking with you a little bit of home, as you travel and enjoy the outdoors, that has weathered the challenges of time.

This may also have been when we first heard the saying of, “taking everything with you but the kitchen sink.”

The late 1800’s were a glorious time for Lockport, and the completed enlargement would bring even more power to the Mill Race, quickly transforming the industries from Pine Street to Exchange.

More on that next time,

+Dr. Scott Geise, a local businessman, has an active interest in Niagara County and Erie Canal history, including the local Mill Race in Lockport.  His column, "Historically Relevant," appears on the first and third Saturday of each month.



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The National Weather Service calls for sunny skies today with a high near 65. Calm wind becoming southeast around 6 mph in the afternoon.
Sunday Night: A chance of showers, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 3 a.m. Low around 47. Southeast wind 6 to 11 mph increasing to 12 to 17 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 10 a.m., then showers likely. High near 51. South wind 15 to 18 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Blustery, with a northwest wind 15 to 21 mph.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 30.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.
Wednesday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

Thursday: Rain. High near 60. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.
Thursday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

Friday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.
Friday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Saturday: A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.



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Saturday, March 26, 2016
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CAMBRIA -- A 23-year-old Town of Lockport woman was charged Wednesday with driving with a suspended registration following a traffic stop on Saunders Settlement Road.

According to NCSO, Brittany L. Renda, 4637 Saunders Settlement Road, was stopped around 12:23 a.m when a DMV check showed that the vehicle was suspended four days prior for an insurance lapse.

Renda told patrol she was unaware of the lapse and showed patrol a valid insurance card. She was, nonetheless, charged with operation of a motor vehicle while registration suspended and was issued a UTT for the charge along with a DMV receipt license plates, which patrol confiscated -- after which she was released at the scene.

Renda is set to appear in the Town of Cambria Court on April 20 to answer to the charge.



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TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- A 33-year-old Town of Lockport woman was charged March 18 with driving while intoxicated after Niagara County Sheriff's deputies found her van stuck in the grass off Robinson Road near Brockton Drive.

According to the arrest report, patrol saw that the vehicle's tires were spinning in the mud, while the driver, Danielle Ann Laspada, 6487 Dysinger Road, was apparently attempting to free the vehicle from the lawn.

Patrol spoke with witnesses nearby who said that Laspada "was driving through the parking lot on 6000 Brockton Drive at a high rate of speed" and had "aimed the large white van towards a male that was walking on the sidewalk."

The report continues that "no witness could say that Laspada was attempting to strike the male, but it appeared more likely that she was trying to park the van in front of the male on the sidewalk. The witnesses stated that the van never made it though the lawn, because of the wet condition of the lawn. Witnesses stated that the van just stopped in the middle of the lawn, Laspada got out of the van and started yelling at the male. Witnesses stated that the male just kept on walking westbound."

Laspada was determined to be intoxicated and charged with DWI, as well as reckless driving and criminal mischief. She was arraigned and held on $1,000 cash of $5,000 bond and ordered to appear in Town of Lockport Court on Thursday.

Damage to the lawn was estimated at $200.



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Lee Williams
Lee Williams of Pugbully Studio has joined Lockside Art Center as a new studio artist.

Williams was born in Buffalo in 1960 and his BFA from SUNY Buffalo in 1983. He worked and studied stained glass and Dalle de verre under Dr. Rudolph Sandon, at Sandon Studios in Little Valle from 1989 to 1990. Projects included the 1990 fabrication of the windows at the Interfaith Chapel at Camp David, and various churches across the United States and Canada. In 1993 and 1994, Mr. Williams exhibited original leaded glass designs at the Roycroft Arts and Crafts festival in East Aurora. Lee's current artistic interests include Digital Art and Photography. He has worked as a Pressman for over 30 years.

Lee has lived in the Town of Lockport for the past eight years since meeting his wife, Jennifer.

Lockside's next exhibition, “Photography,” will open Saturday.

Lockside Art Center is an intimate art center located in downtown Lockport, overlooking the Erie Canal at the Flight of Five Locks. The center is open from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, as well as by appointment.



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BUFFALO -- Led by a trio or rookie goals, the Buffalo Sabres came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Winnipeg Jets at First Niagara Center on Saturday.

Hudson Fasching scored his first goal as a Sabre in his first game as an NHL player at 8:37 of the first period to lead the charge. Park Pysyk and Casey Nelson assisted on the goal. The Sabres also got goals from Sam Reinhart and Jack Eichel en route to the victory.

Buffalo's deficit was due to a pair of goals by Nikolaj Ehlers and Andrew Copp.

With the victory, Buffalo's record now stands at 31-34-10. The Sabres next play the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday in Detroit.

NOTES:

  • With the win, the Sabres will finish the season with a 6-3-2 record in their 11 afternoon games this season.
  • The Sabres have won consecutive matchups with the Jets/Thrashers for the first time since they won three in a row from Feb. 23 to Nov. 8, 2011.
  • With his goal today, Jack Eichel became the ninth Sabres rookie to record 50 points in a season (23+27) in franchise history.
  • Eichel is the first Sabres rookie to record 50 points in a season since Derek Plante (1993-94) and the youngest to do so since Phil Housley (1982-83).
  • The goal was Eichel's fifth game-winning goal of the season, tying Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin and Ray Sheppard for second-most by a Sabres rookie. He needs one more to tie Donald Audette for the franchise rookie record.
  • With his goal, Hudson Fasching became the first Sabre to score on his first shot in his NHL debut since Zemgus Girgensons (10/2/13 at DET).
  • Fasching and Casey Nelson are the first Sabres to each record his first career point on the same goal in their NHL debuts since Alexander Mogilny and Dave Snuggerud (10/5/89 vs. QUE).







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The National Weather Service says today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Calm wind becoming northeast 5 to 9 mph in the morning.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 31. Northeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Easter Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 62.
Sunday Night: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 39. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

Monday: Showers likely, mainly before noon. Cloudy, with a high near 46. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.
Monday Night: A chance of rain showers before midnight, then a chance of rain and snow showers between midnight and 2 a.m., then a chance of snow showers after 2 a.m. Cloudy, with a low around 28. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 29.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 52.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.

Thursday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 61. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
Thursday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Friday: A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.



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Friday, March 25, 2016
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BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Eric Cornel to an entry-level contract.

In his fourth OHL season in 2015-16, Cornel (6’2”, 191 lbs., 4/11/1996) set career-high marks in goals, assists, points and plus/minus rating while serving as captain of the Peterborough Petes. He ranked eighth among all OHL skaters with 56 assists and tied for 13th in the league with 83 total points (27+56).

The Peterborough, Ontario native appeared in 265 regular-season games for the Petes during his OHL career, amassing 213 points (70+143) and 91 penalty minutes, and added eight more points (4+4) in 16 postseason contests. He registered 50 or more points in each of his last three OHL seasons and led all Peterborough skaters in assists in each of the last two.

Selected by the Sabres in the second round (44th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Cornel made his professional debut at the end of the 2014-15 season after signing an amateur tryout with the Rochester Americans, recording one assist in six AHL games.



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BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres today announced plans for Fan Appreciation Night during the team’s final home game of the 2015-16 regular season on April 8.

Before the game, 5,000 fans will receive a free Sabres mini-stick when they enter the arena. In addition, Tops Friendly Markets and partners will be on hand with food sampling kiosks located in Tops Alumni Plaza from 5 to 7 p.m., and a fan photo area will be open to all fans from 5 p.m. until the end of the first intermission in the arena on the 100 Level concourse.

In a pre-game ceremony, the Sabres, along with their Gold Ring Partners, will be presenting the annual team awards as voted on by the players. The team will award its Most Valuable Player presented by Labatt Blue, Rookie of the Year presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Unsung Hero presented by Fallsview Casino Resort, the Sabres Foundation Man of the Year Award presented by Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the 7th Man Award presented by First Niagara.

Two fan-favorite giveaways will also make their return to Fan Appreciation Night in 2016. Sabres players will again give away their game-worn jerseys to select season ticket holders after the game in the “Jersey Off My Back” promotion. “Rowards” giveaways are back as well, with prizes courtesy of the Sabres, (716) Food and Sport, La Nova Pizzeria, Moe’s Southwest Grill, New Era Cap Company, Perry’s Ice Cream and Subway.

During the game, the Sabres Foundation 50-50 raffle winner will receive 50 percent of the guaranteed pot of at least $70,000. Raffle tickets will be sold beginning two hours before the start of the game and through the end of the second-period intermission. A complete list of contest rules and restrictions can also be found at Sabres.com.
                                                                                           
After the first period, one contestant selected at random will compete in the Delta Shootout for a chance to win two round-trip tickets to anywhere in the U.S. 48 courtesy of Delta Air Lines.

The team is also offering twice the normal amount of Fan Advantage points given for ticket scans and five times the normal amount of points for broadcast keywords announced throughout the game.

In addition to the in-game promotions, there will be a 30 percent discount at the Sabres Store, as well as discounted concession prices including a cup of popcorn ($2), pretzels ($2), hot dogs ($2) and souvenir sodas ($2) for all fans in attendance.

The Sabres have also teamed with Moe’s Southwest Grill to allow the fans to choose the Moe’s Hot Players for the final two games of the team’s season. Starting Monday, April 4, fans can visit the Buffalo Sabres Facebook page to vote for their favorite players, and the top six vote-getters will be chosen as the Moe’s Hot Players for the games on April 8 and 9.

Fan Appreciation Goes Digital
In addition to this year’s Fan Appreciation Night, fans watching the Sabres broadcast on MSG for the team’s season finale against the New York Islanders on April 9 will have a chance to win prizes throughout the game. To participate in this contest, fans can enter a website URL that will be displayed on their television screen during the broadcast. Winners will be announced by Brian Duff during both intermissions and the postgame show on MSG. Prizes that will be given away during the game are listed below.

  • Autographed Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart Sabres jerseys
  • A Samsung 48” Smart LED TV courtesy of Stereo Advantage
  • A two-night stay at the Buffalo Marriott HARBORCENTER that includes breakfast for two and access to the M Club Lounge, courtesy of Buffalo Marriott HARBORCENTER





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