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Anne Neville is a native of Albany, N.Y. She has a master's degree in journalism from Ohio State University, where she was a Kiplinger Fellow.

SOMERSET -- On the far eastern edge of Golden Hill State Park, captivating and ornate features hint at the elaborate estate that once stood on the bank of Lake Ontario. From the curved-top terra cotta stucco-finished walls to the herringbone-design brick patio, from the rectangular fish pond with its frog fountain to the brick and stone wall whimsically inlaid with pa…

TUSCARORA NATION -- The Tuscarora History Group got its start several years ago as a casual book club. Now the group is going public, holding an open house March 25 in the Tuscarora Nation House, with displays and speakers on many facets of Tuscarora life, from sports and culture to history and language. The open house is a significant undertaking for a group tha…

(Dec. 4, 1926 – March 9, 2017) Vincent J. Fildes of Tonawanda, a veteran Buffalo firefighter who served as co-commander of the city's Fire Investigation Unit in the 1980s, died Thursday (March 9, 2017) in Buffalo General Hospital after a brief illness. Mr. Fildes was 90. A Navy veteran of World War II, Mr. Fildes joined the Buffalo Fire Department in 1952. Duri…

The dozen happy dogs being walked by volunteers on the Wheatfield property of the Niagara County SPCA on a recent mild day were a tangible demonstration of change. Less than 10 years ago, volunteers were actively discouraged. Today, Executive Director Amy Lewis said, the volunteer ranks range between 150 and 220, depending on the season. "There were very few volun…

Glossy Raven, shaggy Ruby and timid Oscar could not have known it, but they owe a lot to the dozens of people strolling the aisles of their large barn at Spruce Meadow Farm and spooning up steaming soup Sunday. The 8th annual Soup's On event, held in conjunction with the farm's winter horse show, is one of several fundraisers Spruce Meadow owners Karla and Alan Deaco…

For the thousands of people who have splashed into the frigid waters of Lake Ontario for the Olcott Polar Bear Swim for Sight, it's a fun day, from seeing friends to the thrill of the quick, painful plunge and raising funds for the Lions Club. For the members of the Coast Guard and local fire departments who keep the swimmers safe, it's a day for guiding drivers, assess…

When minutes counted, help has been many miles away for people who suffered heart attacks in Niagara County. That will change on April 5, when the county's first cardiac catheterization lab is scheduled to open in the Heart Center of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. The cardiac cath lab is a collaborative effort among Memorial, Erie County Medical Center, Kal…

Travel broadens the horizons in both literal and figurative ways. Nobody knows that better than the students in Niagara University's College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, whose internships can take them from five-star resorts on Italy's Lake Como to the Amazon rainforests near Machu Picchu, Peru. The college's dean, Kurt Stahura, Ph.D., said every senior he in…

The Winter Celebration of the Three Stooges kicks off at 7:30 p.m. March 4 in the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. The showing of seven Stooge shorts will be preceded by an organ concert on the theater's Mighty Wurlitzer starting at 7 p.m. The cost is $12 for adults and $7 for children age 12 and under. The main Stoogefest, which happens in late Augu…

When the Native American Center for the Living Arts – commonly called the Turtle – opened in 1981, both its appearance and its impact on the community were spectacular. "I would say that 95 percent of the people who even just visited there walked away with a sense of unity and unison," said Franklyn McNaughton, one of thousands of local people who worked, volunteer…

State Police officers and investigators from the state Department of Motor Vehicles conducted a check of licenses at two popular Elmwood Avenue bars early Sunday. According to police, some 300 patrons' licenses were checked at Cole's and Mr. Goodbar on Elmwood Avenue as part of an underage drinking enforcement detail. Eight patrons were found to have fictitious or fr…

A registered nurse and addiction counselor is scheduled to address a group whose loved ones are struggling with addiction. The Family and Friends of Addicted Persons Support and Educational Group at Good Shepherd Community of Faith will hear from Karleen Bordonaro, who is a registered nurse and addiction counselor, as well as Emergency Department coordinator at Kale…

A local filmmaker, a volunteer cast and crew, a suburban Christian high school, Buffalo police and Mayor Byron W. Brown have joined forces to produce a dramatic short film about the deadly risks of heroin use. The five-minute film, "Blink of an Eye," which starts shooting Monday, tells the story of a teenage girl, played by Camryn Clune, 16, of Amherst. "She's a…

The path from Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda to the Sundance Film Festival isn't well traveled, but a fascinating and little-known topic led the way for Tim Johnson. That topic was the deep and widespread influence of Native American musicians and singers on decades of American popular music, including rock, jazz and the blues. "Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The…

April 28, 1952 - Jan. 19, 2017 Pamela A. Brown, a retired accountant, died Thursday morning in the Cleveland Clinic after a brief illness. Born Pamela A. Martlock in Snyder, Mrs. Brown was one of five children of the late Otto Martlock and Irene (Krempholtz). A graduate of Amherst High School, she earned an associate's degree from Erie Community College, then wo…