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February 28, 2014

LBA handing out honors next month

BY JOE OLENICK joe.olenick@lockportjournal.com
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A rapidly growing ice cream producer and a returning Common Council president are among the honorees to be recognized next month by the Lockport Business Association.

The LBA’s annual awards and dinner event will be held at 6 p.m. March 27 at the Lockport Town & Country Club on East Avenue.

Lockport Main Street’s Heather Peck, the LBA co-president, said the award winners are chosen by the board of directors from a group of nominations submitted by membership. Every year it’s a difficult choice to make, she said.

“We have a wonderful group of winners, they’ve all contributed to Lockport in their own special ways,” Peck said.

Lake Effect Ice Cream has been named Business of the Year by the LBA’s board of directors. The artisan ice cream maker, expanded its Canal Street location in 2013 to now include a walk-in freezer, a production kitchen and a full-service ice cream parlor. The business is run by Lockport teachers Erik Bernardi and Jason Wulf, who started off making Lake Effect’s unusual flavors in 2008.

“I love their story,” Peck said. “Two local guys, just starting the business on their own... there’s a lot happening on Canal Street and they really add to it.”

The LBA’s Lifetime Achievement award will go to newly-appointed Common Council President Joseph C. Kibler. Aside from seven terms on the city’s legislative body, Kibler has been active in the community for years, Peck said. He coached and umpired local baseball for decades and has worked with a number of community groups.

“He’s well-deserving,” Peck said.

Brian Costello, owner of Diversified Manufacturing Inc., will be named Business Person of the Year.

Costello is also heavily involved with the community. Plus, Diversified added on 37,000 square feet to its Ohio Street facility, putting 165 employees under one roof.

Other honorees include the Lockport Exchange Club as the Local Service Club award winner and Tim Arlington of Apex Consulting, who is this year’s Community Support awardee.

The guest speaker will be John Percy, president and CEO of the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp.

Peck said tickets are $45 a person and available by contacting the LBA office at 434-6800.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.