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Editorial: Bits and pieces from the news

The classic 1937 diner in Larkinville is a step back in time for customers flocking to the new-old restaurant, once called the Newark Diner and now the Swan Street Diner, at 700 Swan St.

Its rich history was chronicled by News columnist Sean Kirst, who brought readers the touching story of the business built out of love and devotion by Jim and Betty McBride in the Erie Canal Village of Newark. Told by grandson Derek Rose, a Buffalo firefighter, readers could picture Jim in front of the grill day and night.

Their dream has been reborn, thanks to a serendipitous trip by Larkinville developer Howard Zemsky and friend Tim Tielman to Wayne County, where they spotted the diner for sale. Six years later, and the diner is back in business. The McBrides, both 81, were recently treated as honored guests to whom customers now flocking to the diner are indebted.

Of all the things a homeowner might hope not to find in her new digs, a live hand grenade would have to rank high. But that’s what Kathleen Lorenzo found in the garage of her new house on Buffalo’s West Side. At first she thought it was a paperweight, but fortunately she heeded the conclusion of her real estate agent and her son. Police removed it.
Western New York home inspectors, take note: You have something new to watch out for.

What do former President Grover Cleveland, presidential assassin Leon Czolgosz and former Mafia leader Joseph DiCarlo have in common?

They all relate to the stories told on the new History Wall in the Erie County District Attorney’s Office. It’s a neat idea that features all of the county’s previous DAs. One thing, though: That wall better be big.

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