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Anne Neville

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.


There were classic meatballs made with secret combinations of meats and spices and simmered in a rich red sauce. There were "freestyle" meatballs made of smoked pork and bacon in a Carolina barbecue sauce, from This Little Pig, and chicken wing meatballs from Bada Bing. There was laughter and some dancing in the jovial crowd that filled the closed block of West Moha…

From Tesla to tourism, from the Underground Railroad to the Manhattan Project, not to mention daredevils, the Local History department of the Niagara Falls Public Library has information on it all. And soon the public will be able to see it for more hours each week. Starting Oct. 2, the library's Local History department, which in recent years had opened its wealth o…

Bill Bradberry sits in the quiet gazebo at Heritage Park, under the eye of the Turtle building, and casts his mind back in time. In his imagination, it's 1850 or so. Directly in front of him is the railroad stop that brings visitors to Niagara Falls, many of them to the impressive, modern Cataract House, just steps away. Some of the visitors come from slave states; some…

What do used tea bags, shredded trash bags and used single-serve coffee pods have to do with fashion? Plenty, as it turns out. These unwanted items, and many more, have taken center stage in the whimsical "Art of Fashion" exhibit, which will run through Oct. 8 in the Townsend Gallery of the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center at 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. At firs…

What a difference a year makes. There were fewer buses, fewer roving bands of drunken college students, an enhanced police presence, and much more quiet overnight Friday during the traditional first night of party season on the streets of University Heights. This was in sharp contrast to previous years, when throngs of University at Buffalo students rode the Stampede…

NIAGARA FALLS -- Walk past the glass front windows of The Book Corner, which feature sombrero-wearing, life-size pigs and cows, a carousel horse and lion, a peace banner, a Che poster and artifacts of the businesses that occupied the building decades ago. Open the door, which is covered with stickers, posters and pictures. It takes a minute to absorb the immensity of wh…

The documentary "Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World" revealed the little-recognized role of indigenous people in creating rock and roll. And at the heart of indigenous rhythms is the drum. That link will be explored and celebrated – with a nod to "Rumble," which has not yet been shown locally – at a free, live concert dubbed "Rumble at the Falls" starting a…

Roy Phillips saw plenty of B-17s, the bombers called Flying Fortresses, during his service with the 457th 
Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion. "I saw these B-17s fly over, thousands of them, when they were bombing the Falaise Gap," said the 92-year-old Purple Heart recipient. "Those planes just flew over for hours and hours." The bloody campaign from Aug. 12 to Aug…

Since leaving her hometown of Cornwall, Ont., Sarah Potwin, the new director of the Niagara Falls Public Library, has worked in New York state, Florida and Vermont. In Niagara Falls, she looks around and sees home. It isn't just the rivers and lakes where she and husband, Scott, and their son Eoin, who will be 12 this month, are anxious to fish. It's the city that…

If you measured joy by the penny, you couldn't find a happier place than the Olcott Beach Carousel Park. From the gently moving vintage rides for little ones to the beautifully restored 1928 Herschell-Spillman carousel enjoyed by everyone from babies to seniors, the compact park is a throwback to a simpler time. In that simpler time, a dollar was a fortune. So at the…

NIAGARA FALLS – At 11 a.m. on Sunday morning, as light streamed through the church's tall, arched windows, the service began. The topic was science. Although that focus might be unusual for some churches, no one batted an eye at the venerable First Unitarian Universalist Church of Niagara, which prides itself on welcoming people of any religion or even no religion.…

Outside the arched windows of the Discover Niagara Shuttle, the sights passed by – the Rainbow Bridge, the quaint shops of Lewiston, the Power Vista, a living quilt stitched together by glimpses of the green water of the Niagara River. Inside the shuttle were people from all over the world. They gazed at the passing scene, studied the fold-out maps that outlined ea…

One of the subtle pleasures of a drive through rural Niagara County is passing the farm fields planted with emerald crops, row after symmetrical row stretching out to the edges of the field. But a different kind of visual pleasure, not to mention growing advantage, is offered in one field at Singer Farm Naturals, a 35-acre organic farm on Lake Road in Appleton that is f…

"The Gig Economy and the American Dream" will be the topic of a talk by Professor Louis Hyman of Cornell University starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave. The talk will be free and open to the public. Hyman, who directs the Institute for Workplace Studies at Cornell, will discuss how the gig economy, in which workers a…

Three men who live in the Hamlin Park neighborhood returned home to find a man inside their apartment with cologne and two watches belonging to one of them stuffed in his pockets, police said. The three confronted and held Lee Walker, 47, of no permanent address, until police arrived. The men told police that Walker might have entered through an unlocked front door. …