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Charity Vogel


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Lincoln loved it.The celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday – a Buffalo tradition well over a century old – went off Saturday afternoon in the Buffalo History Museum.An enthusiastic crowd – which overflowed the museum’s central court during a reading of the Gettysburg Address and music by a fife and drum band – enjoyed the display.“Lincoln was such a great man,” said Ba…

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You aren’t imagining it.This unrelenting winter has been truly that.Temperatures have been frigidly low. Snowstorms have sprung at us out of nowhere. The slush and ice have been everywhere – in our cars, on our boots, in our foyers and back hallways.When was spring scheduled to arrive, again?“It needs to be over,” said Kristin Scheda, 23, of Cheektowaga.“It won’t end,” sai…

Education

He urged us to not go gently into that good night.Now, the handwritten words of Dylan Thomas will go gently quite a distance – all the way across the Atlantic Ocean.Rare notebooks, photographs and other materials left behind by the famous Welsh poet will travel later this month from Buffalo to Wales – with special handling by a personal attendant – to become part of a land…

Buffalo

It was fun for a day.Now it hangs in your closet – probably pushed way to the back.If you have a bridesmaid dress around – or two or three – you know the feeling.Perhaps nothing in an individual’s closet is as story-inspiring, mirth-provoking and memory-inducing as that little scrap of satin and taffeta. Or maybe it’s not so little. We’ve seen those giant full-skirted ball…

Buffalo

This story was originally published Jan. 4, 2014. Angola is a story that happened here. But it is one that affected people around the nation. On a cold December morning 146 years ago, people in Buffalo read bold newspaper headlines about the country’s latest railroad disaster, which had occurred in their own backyard: Some 50 people – the number would be argued ab…

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Maybe you’ve driven along Buffalo’s waterfront and seen them.In the distance, they look like little dark lumps, blurs against the white landscape.Ice fishing.And you may have thought to yourself:Why on earth would anybody go out there and do that?After all, many people in Western New York wake up on Saturday mornings thinking about coffee, breakfast and leisure activities …

The glow of a holiday dinner table – set with the most elegant china.Buffets groaning with hot cider, homemade candy and frosted cut-outs.The chance to dress up in your best heels and dresses – or the guy equivalent (in Buffalo is it hockey jerseys?) – for parties.And the joy that comes from time spent with family and friends – especially the youngest.No doubt about it: Ch…

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Nothing could be more perfect than reading about Narnia, right here and now. § Buffalo in the wintertime? § It’s like a little bit of C.S. Lewis in our midst. § We feel the cold that grips the Narnian landscape under the spell of the White Witch. § We want to put on one of those cozy fur coats – the ones the children pick out in the wardrobe, and then wear as they …

Lifestyles

It was a storm to remember – right here in Buffalo.During the ferocious spell of bad weather that ravaged the Great Lakes for several days in November 1913 – combining terrific winds with heavy snow and freezing temperatures – a lightship on Lake Erie near Buffalo was one of a number of vessels that sank with crew on board.“There was a significant loss in Buffalo,” said Mi…

It was a battle of robots.But it was also about teamwork, creativity – and fun.When the FIRST Lego League competition wrapped up Saturday afternoon inside the Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School on Franklin Street, one team out of the five that competed moved on to the next level of competition.But all participants had a memorable day.“The hardest part was talking to…

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Amy Tan is headed back to Buffalo, aiming to talk about books, families – and old photographs.“I’ll be talking about the new book, but also about my family, and how that factors into the new book,” said Tan.The well-known author – who once wrote that she would rather be called “writer,” as it implies activity – will make a return trip to Western New York on Friday as part …

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There were four young boys in the family of George Howe Colt, growing up.That made for some rather – well, some lively moments.Any parent of boys is going to know exactly what that means.“Males just tend to work things out physically,” said Colt, who today lives in a small community in Massachusetts with his wife and kids.“Then you get over it, and forget about it.”Now, in…

Amherst

To answer the top three questions you have about Satish Mohan:Yes, no and maybe.Yes, the former supervisor is alive and well and living in Amherst.No, he doesn’t maintain a highly visible public profile these days – for one thing, he’s too busy as a full-time faculty member at the University at Buffalo.And maybe – just maybe – he might consider stepping back into the publi…

Business

Say his name, and it will call forth strong – and widely differing – reactions. Some people love him, saying he saved the Sabres and kept them in Buffalo.Others say he could be hard to deal with, or an outsider at times.But B. Thomas Golisano, the man who made a fortune out of Paychex, the former owner of the Buffalo Sabres and multiple-time gubernatorial contender, is all…

Erie County

You may never have driven by or walked along the 500 acres of land in the Town of Eden farmed by the Kappus family.But there, you’ll find a story: A story of hard work, chronic hope and tough choices – the daily bread of farmers everywhere, always.It’s also a story of inheritance.Of what it means to hold on to the past – and how it feels to let go.If you have ever paused i…