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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.

For centuries, the wild beauty and strategic location of the Niagara County shore of Lake Ontario has drawn vacationers, residents, anglers and armies. But every once in a while, proximity to the mighty lake becomes a hazard. That was the case this spring, when high water levels and wind-blown rainstorms washed away land and trees, swamped docks and pushed debris up …

For 11 years, a Taste of Lewiston drew throngs of people to sample the best food and drink the village had to offer. Then, after the well-attended 2006 festival in Academy Park, it ended. "It was a very popular and successful event," said Irene Rykaszewski, executive director of the Lewiston Council on the Arts, which organized and operated the event. "But it was so …

OLEAN – An Olean man was charged with second-degree murder Saturday morning after police found the body of a dead woman in his apartment, Olean Police Capt. Robert Blovsky said. Edward J. Smith Jr., 50, lived in apartment 331 of the Olean House, a historic hotel that is now a 62-unit federally subsidized apartment house at 132 N. Union St. In addition to the murde…

A 23-year-old Buffalo woman died Saturday morning when the car she was driving crossed over into oncoming traffic and struck a car driven by a Buffalo man head-on. Jessica K. Lombardo was eastbound on Route 20A near North Sheldon Road in the Town of Sheldon shortly before 8 a.m. when her vehicle crossed into the westbound lane, according to the Wyoming County Sheriff…

Buffalo police reported the shootings of eight men, two fatally, in a wave of weekend violence that apparently began around 6:45 p.m. Friday. Four of the men, including the two who died, were shot between Friday evening and early Saturday. On Saturday, police also reported three more shootings that presumably happened over the weekend but for which they provided no d…

Weekend service has rolled out for the Discover Niagara Shuttle, which last year ferried some 33,000 riders from the Falls to Old Fort Niagara with stops at attractions and business districts in between. Rain and chilly weather throughout the first weekend washed out ridership for the shuttle, but Sara Capen, executive director of the Niagara Falls National Heritage …

The end of a pet's life can be difficult for the animal and for its people. But an innovative approach to those final months, weeks or even hours is easing the way for both people and their beloved cats and dogs. Lap of Love mobile veterinary hospice care has been offered in Western New York since 2014 by a longtime Lockport veterinarian. Dr. Steven M. Schultz provid…

BERGHOLZ – The logo of the Bergholz Volunteer Fire Department is a flashy old-time steam engine, emitting a puffy cloud of white vapor as it is pulled by three galloping horses. But it might as well be a huge, steaming kettle of chicken chowder. Several local fire departments make their own chicken chowder for sales or for their annual field days. The Clarence Cente…

SOMERSET – The stone and stucco walls, whimsical inlaid tiles and memories of a fish pond, rose gardens, a tea room and an art deco sundial paint a picture of opulence on the shore of Lake Ontario in what is now Golden Hill State Park. But as more tantalizing hints are discovered, including the graceful name of the estate and the firsthand recollections of a descenda…

Buffalo's Pierce Arrow Museum will be the starting line for the Great Race, billed as the world's premier old car rally, in June 2018. Details of the distinction will be discussed during a news conference at the museum, 263 Michigan Ave., at 11 a.m. Monday. The international event will feature early 500 participants in a nine-day race from Buffalo to Halifax, Nova Scot…

A town hall meeting to discuss the impact of President Trump's proposed budget on Western New York gets underway at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium of Hamburg Central High School, 4111 Legion Drive. Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz are expected to attend, as well as representatives of health care, education and environmenta…

On the last day of May in 1878, the Lockport Daily Journal reported, Frank A. Moore and Harmon Kendall spent the day fishing at Olcott. The two men, according to the newspaper, returned home "with a market basket of fine perch. They walked down, making the distance in three hours." The peripatetic Moore and Kendall probably would no longer recognize the roads they wal…

NIAGARA FALLS – Tim Baxter was like a lot of people. For years he had driven past the black iron gates of Oakwood Cemetery on Portage Road without really thinking about what might be inside. "It wasn't even a blip on my radar, and I grew up in Niagara Falls," said Baxter. "I drove by here thousands of times, but it might as well have been a brick wall for all I knew …

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…