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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Eight Bulls’ Named MAC Distinguished Scholar Athletes

All WNY News     Tuesday, June 27, 2017    
CLEVELAND, OH - The Mid-American Conference announced today the Distinguished Scholar Athletes from the eight spring sports during the 2016-2017 academic season. Among the list of 186 athletes, were eight University at Buffalo student-athletes. This list was voted on by the faculty athletic representatives, and represents the "best of the best" from each sports' Academic All-MAC teams.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Today's forecast: Isolated showers with a high near 68

All WNY News     Monday, June 26, 2017    

The National Weather Service calls for isolated showers today with a high near 68. Tonight, there's a chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm with a low around 55.

Tuesday, showers are likely and possibly thunderstorms with a high near 66 and a low around 56. Wednesday will be sunny with a high near 73 and a low around 61. Thursday, there's a chance of showers and thunderstorms with a high near 76 and a low around 66.

Friday offers a chance of showers and thunderstorms with a high near 78 and a low around 66. Saturday brings likely showers and thunderstorms with a high near 78 and a low around 65. Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high near 76.

HEaRD in WNY: Shows for June 29 - July 5

All WNY News     Monday, June 26, 2017    

This week's featured show is Max Muscato "Act One" Album Release Party at 8 p.m. Saturday at Buffalo Iron Works.

Buffalo, NY's own Max Muscato began playing guitar at a young age and continued to hone his unique sound throughout college and after graduation. His passion and dedication for music resonates with audiences when he takes the stage. Max's unique style combines rock, blues and pop with dynamic lyrics interwoven to create songs with a blend of catchy hooks and deep meaning.

Max has partnered with Autism Services of WNY, a cause very close to him since his brother, Sonny Muscato, was diagnosed with autism at the age of four. A portion of the money raised will be donated to autism awareness. Along with partnering with Sensu Music, the official music platform and proud sponsors of Rock Autism.

July 1st marks the release of his debut album "Act One", while also being the kick off to his "Rock Autism" Events! Joining Max on stage will be Colin Brydalski (Bass), James Chudy (Keys), Tyler Write (Guitar), RJ Demarco (Sax), & Marc Muscato (Drums). Local favorites Average At Best and Johnny Hart and The Mess will kick things off before the Max Muscato band performs two sets! Also, a 50/50 Raffle, Silent Auction, & more will be happening throughout the night to benefit Autism Services of WNY! Doors open at 7 p.m. while music starts at 8, and admission is only $5 at the door!

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Greg Burt is a Concert Promoter/Sound Guy/Music Supporter/Keyboardist/etc. He can be reached at For the full FTMP show calendar, visit

Traffic stop leads to DWI arrest

All WNY News     Monday, June 26, 2017    

WELLSVILLE -- A 36-year-old Greenwood man was charged Sunday with driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop on State Route 417.

According to New York State Police, Christopher S. Hollister was stopped for speeding and determined to be intoxicated. He was arrested and transported to SP Amity for processing where he recorded a 0.12 percent blood alcohol content. He was released on tickets and is due in the Town of Wellsville Court on Wednesday.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Wings top 'Pigs, take series

All WNY News     Sunday, June 25, 2017    

The Rochester Red Wings topped the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 7-4 Sunday afternoon at Frontier Field, winning the series against the first place IronPigs.  The Wings return home on July 4 to host the Pawtucket Red Sox at 7:05 p.m.

Red Wings pitcher Tim Melville cruised through the first inning with three strikeouts, allowing only one runner on base by an error.

Zack Granite started the Wings off in the first with a leadoff 337-ft home-run off Jake Thompson. It was Granite's third homer of the season. Mitch Garver crushed a double, followed by a single by J.B. Shuck to put Wings on the corners with no outs. Garver scored on a double play ball grounder by Matt Hague to put the Wings up 2-0 in the first.

After a hit-by-pitch and a walk to start the second, Melville let up a three-run home-run to Andrew Pullin and the IronPigs led 3-2.

Melville got back into a groove in the third inning by striking out the first two batters. He walked Rhys Hoskins, then picked him off on the very next pitch.

The Red Wings had a big inning in the fourth. It started with a double from Hague who now has a 13-game hit streak. Park followed with another double to score Hague, tying the ball game up at 3-3. Niko Goodrum picked up an RBI with a single scoring Park and giving the Wings the lead. The Wings continued to tack on another run from a double by Leonardo Reginatto allowing Goodrum to score, making it 5-3 Red Wings.

Phil Hughes entered the game for the Wings in the sixth. Hughes yielded a one-out homer to Nick Williams, bringing the 'Pigs to within a run at 5-4.

Drew Rucinski pitched a three up three down inning in the seventh for the Wings.

Granite opened the bottom of the seventh inning with a single. Hague drove in Granite on a 412-ft two-run home run off of Michael Mariot to increase the Wings lead to 7-4. It was Hague's sixth home run of the season.

Rucinsk set down all six batters he faced, and Michael Tonkin worked the ninth for the Wings - striking out the side around one walk.

Bisons defeat Syracuse to snap 10-game skid, 7-5

All WNY News     Sunday, June 25, 2017    

The Bisons snapped a 10-game skid on Sunday afternoon when they defeated Syracuse, 7-5, at NBT Bank Stadium thanks to a ninth inning comeback capped off by a two-run Jon Berti single.

Batting a grounder to left field on a 0-1 count against Syracuse's Wander Suero, Berti's game-winning single brought Roemon Fields and Christian Lopes home. Lopes had just batted in the tying run at five apiece with a double to left field.

Fields had a big day and was crucial to end the Herd's drought. The centerfielder went 3-4 on the afternoon and also batted in the opening score of the afternoon with a triple to center field to score Gregorio Petit.

The Herd added two key runs in the third inning to grab a 4-0 lead before falling behind to the Chiefs. In the third inning Rowdy Tellez doubled to center field to score Jason Leblebijian from first base. After a Mike Ohlman single, Jake Elmore added a run by scoring Tellez after grounding to a force out in second base.

Syracuse's comeback effort began with a third inning highlighted by a solo Andrew Stevenson home run towards center field. Jhonatan Solano added a couple more runs to the cause later in the inning after Adrian Sanchez and Neftali Soto batted in a single and was hit by a pitch respectively. Solano then hit a double to left field to score the pair and trim the Chiefs deficit to 4-3.

The Chiefs took their final lead of the afternoon in the next two innings. To tie the game up in the fourth, Stevenson hit a line drive single to left field to score Caleb Ramsey from third base. Irving Falu brought in the final run of the day with a grounder to right field, giving him his first triple of the season. Falu's triple brought home Alejandro De Aza from first.

T.J. House started from the mound and gave the Herd six innings of work. He allowed five runs and nine hits in the process. John Stilson, Glenn Sparkman (1-2), and Chris Smith (S, 4) each pitched an inning in relief. The trio of relievers were perfect and tacked on a pair of strikeouts.

Buffalo now heads home to Coca-Cola Field for a Monday night double header with Rochester. First pitch for game one is slated for 5:35 p.m.

BISONS NOTES: Buffalo avoids breaking the modern era losing streak for the team, they tied the '94 Bisons with Saturday's loss…Christian Lopes also had a great day for the Herd, going 3-5 with his game tying RBI…Buffalo's 7 runs are the most they've ad since a June 13 matchup with Lehigh Valley. The Herd is 30-12 when they score four or more runs.

Machias woman charged with DWI

All WNY News     Sunday, June 25, 2017    

CONCORD -- A 48-year-old Machias woman was charged Tuesday with driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop.

According to New York State Police, April Smith was stopped on SR-219 in the Town of Concord for speeding. Troopers determined her to be intoxicated and took her into custody. She was transported to SP Boston where she provided a breath sample of .24 percent blood alcohol content. She was processed and released on an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Concord Court on July 24.

John V. Gibbons -- June 24, 2017

All WNY News     Sunday, June 25, 2017    
John VanNatten Gibbons went home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 24, 2017 in Niagara Hospice House. John was born April 4, 1952 in Batavia, NY, the son of the late Robert and Mabel (Stone) Gibbons. He graduated from Lockport Senior High School and worked for 30 years at Harrison Radiator and retired under the Delphi Thermal Corportion in 2001. John was an avid big game sportsman, who enjoyed hunting Elk, Caribou, Bear and Deer during many hunting excursions. Other leisure activities that he took pleasure in included golfing, motorcycle riding, boating, 3-D archery, reading and just sitting on the porch listening to the cascading waterfalls; his most enjoyment came when spending time with his family. He was a former member of the YMCA, Newfane Conservation Club, UAW 686 Archery League and Willowbrook Golf Course.

John was a loving and devoted husband to Debra Chiappone Gibbons, devoted father to Myrla (Michael) Gibbons Doxey and cherished Papa to Braxton and Leilani Doxey, whom were the world to him; brother of Alice Brasky, Harold Gibbons and the late Robert Gibbons, Jr., Carl Gibbons, Paul Gibbons, Wanda Gould and Lois Amey. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call Tuesday June 27, 2017 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM in Prudden and Kandt Funeral Home, 242 Genesee Street, Lockport, NY. Funeral services will be held Wednesday June 28, 2017 at 10 AM in the Hartland Bible Church, 8110 West Avenue, Gasport, NY 14067. Entombment will be in Glenwood Mausoleum. Memorials to Hartland Bible Church or Niagara Hospice House, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY 14094 would be appreciated by the family.

Kim Martha Granieri -- June 24, 2017

All WNY News     Sunday, June 25, 2017    
Kim Martha Granieri entered into rest at the age of 56 on June 24, 2017 after a lengthy illness. Kim grew up in Niagara Falls, New York and was a resident of Lockport, New York at the time of passing. She worked as a retail merchandiser with the bulk of her career spent working for Gap Inc.

Kim lived for her family and friends. She always said that her "purpose in life" was to raise her girls and she did so her entire life. Kim absolutely loved attending any family event, especially the Granieri Family Picnic and Conahan Family Reunion. Kim built lifelong friendships with many. She found any reason to entertain, pull out her antique glasses, and spend time with life-long friends, the neighborhood crew and her YaYa's. Kim loved gardening, shopping, garage sales, taking pictures and planning events. Most of all, Kim passionately loved traveling with her friends and family.

Kim was married to Matthew Barmasse and was the proud mother of her four children, Kiele, Hailey, Miller and Matthew, who died at birth. Kim is the daughter of Raymond Rudolph Granieri (deceased) and Mary Elizabeth Granieri (Conahan). Her siblings are Raymond Jr. (Lisa), Kelly Mundt (Brad) and Kathleen Granieri (Tim Kenyon). Kim has many nephews and nieces that she loved dearly.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 27th from 4 - 8 P.M. at the Prudent & Kandt Funeral Home, 242 Genesee Street, Lockport, NY. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 28th at 10 AM at St. John the Baptist Church, 168 Chestnut Street Lockport NY with Fr. Joseph Dumphrey officiating.

Donations in memory of Kim can be made to the Strong Memorial Hospital Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Center at

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Wow! Wings win a walk-off

All WNY News     Sunday, June 25, 2017    

The Rochester Red Wings scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 5-4 Saturday night at Frontier Field. The series and homestand concludes Saturday night at 1:35 p.m., as the first 1,000 fans will receive a two-in-one poster/puzzle giveaway and kids can run the bases after the game.

The Red Wings took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning off IronPigs starter Mark Appel. Matt Hague and Tommy Field had RBI hits, and Hague's single extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Both Mitch Garver and J.B. Shuck also hit safely in the inning, extending their hitting streaks to nine and six games, respectively.

Lehigh Valley made it a 2-1 ballgame in the top of the fourth inning when Logan Moore hit a solo home run off Rochester starter Chris Heston.

The IronPigs didn't waste time taking the lead in the top of the fifth inning, scoring three and making the score 4-2. After allowing three hits that stretched the Lehigh Valley lead to two runs, D.J. Baxendale came in to relieve Heston with one out in the inning and retired the two batters he faced.

Heston finished with 4.1 innings pitched, allowing four earned runs on nine hits, three walks and two strikeouts. He threw 85 pitches - 50 for strikes.

Appel was replaced to begin the bottom of the sixth inning. He threw 5.0 innings, giving up two earned runs on eight hits, five walks and three strikeouts. He threw 102 pitches - 59 for strikes.

Rochester had an opportunity to cut into the deficit in the bottom of the sixth inning, after two singles and a walk loaded the bases with two outs. Field, however, was not able to deliver an RBI hit despite hitting a hard lineout to center field.

Phil Hughes, on a rehab assignment from Minnesota, came in to relieve Baxendale to start the top of the seventh inning.

Hughes finished with 1.0 innings pitched, allowing no runs on one hit, one walk and one strikeout. He threw 21 pitches - 16 for strikes.

The Red Wings scored one run in the bottom of the seventh inning, cutting the IronPigs' lead to 4-3. Following a leadoff double by Niko Goodrum, Leonardo Reginatto delivered with one out, hitting an RBI single.

Following an inning from Hughes, Ryan Pressly came in to begin the top of the eighth. Through the top of the eighth and ninth innings, he retired all six batters faced.

In the bottom of the ninth, the tying run scored on an RBI walk by John Ryan Murphy following a leadoff single and two walks to load the bases. Reginatto, the next batter, lined a walk-off single to win the game for the Red Wings.

The Red Wings also continue their trend of winning ballgames when scoring first. They have the second-best winning percentage in the International League when scoring first (26-8).

Rochester outhit the IronPigs 14 to 11.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Bisons fall to Chiefs after walk-off single, 6-5

All WNY News     Saturday, June 24, 2017    

The Bisons dropped their third straight game, 6-5, to Syracuse on Saturday night at NBT Bank Stadium after a walk-off single from the Chiefs' Alejandro De Aza.

Syracuse's game-winner came with the bases loaded and the with things tied up at five runs during the bottom of the ninth. With the bases loaded, De Aza was ahead 2-0 in the count and batted a walk-off single to the gap in right field and seal the victory for the home team.

The Chiefs had to pull off a comeback for a shot at the win when they were down 5-3 in the sixth. In their half of the frame, an Adrian Sanchez sac bunt brought Emmanuel Burris to third base and Brandon Snyder grounded out towards Bisons second baseman Jason Leblebijian to score Burris. Clint Robinson brought Stevenson home an at bat later with a left field bloop single.

Syracuse hit four consecutive singles in the second inning to grab two runs and the first lead of the day. The Chiefs managed to stretch their advantage to three runs after Sanchez walked, scoring Stevenson from second.

Raffy Lopez was the big performer of the night for Buffalo. With the Bisons trailing 3-0, Lopez batted his first homer of the evening in the third inning with Christian Lopes and Jon Berti on base after a single and walk respectively. Behind on a 1-2 count three innings later, the catcher hit his ninth home run of the season to give the Herd a 4-3 edge.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia rounded out Herd scoring with a sac fly towards De Aza in right field to score Jason Leblebijian in the sixth inning.

Brett Oberholtzer had a less than optimal start for the Bisons, giving up the first three runs of the evening with one inning to his name on the mound. Chris Rowley came in relief for the Herd to pitch for 4.2 inniings allowing two runs and delivering four strikeouts in that time.

Murphy Smith pitched a perfect 2.1 innings once the Herd reached the stretch, fanning three batters. John Stilson closed the game out for Buffalo, allowing the final run and two hits in the process.

Buffalo closes out their four game series with Syracuse on Sunday with a 1:05 p.m. matchup. T.J. House (6-6, 3.70 ERA) will work the mound for Buffalo and A.J. Cole (3-2, 5.68 ERA) will start for the Chiefs.

BISONS NOTES: Raffy Lopez's pair of home runs tonight were his fourth and fifth of the season against Syracuse…This is the seventh time this season a single player has batted two homers against the Chiefs in a game…Buffalo's losing streak stretches to 10 after the loss.

Thomas Jones -- June 12, 2017

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No service

Carlos A. Ward -- June 18, 2017

All WNY News     Saturday, June 24, 2017    
Private services.

Miracle Marie Velazquez -- June 21, 2017

All WNY News     Saturday, June 24, 2017    
Graveside service - Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Norann M. Summer -- June 21, 2017

All WNY News     Saturday, June 24, 2017    
SUMMERS - Norann M. Of Buffalo, entered into rest June 21, 2017. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a gathering in Norann's memory at Elim Christian Fellowship, 70 Chalmers Ave., Buffalo, on Wednesday from 10 AM-11 AM, where the funeral service will immediately follow.

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