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Ellen Przepasniak

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Ellen Przepasniak is a digital content editor. She has previously worked as a writer at The Times, Artvoice and Boston's Weekly Dig and was the features editor at The Post-Journal. She earned a master's degree in journalism at Boston University and a bachelor's degree in English at SUNY Fredonia.

Now the gateway to the Elmwood Village, the corner of Elmwood and Forest avenues was once the gateway to the Pan-American Exposition. In the years leading up to the 1901 fair, hotels began to spring up all over the city to anticipate the huge crowds. And the northeast corner of Elmwood and Forest was prime real estate to market to fairgoers, as it was a block away from …

Usually a nuisance call to the Buffalo Police involving children playing in the street ends with the children being sent home. But a series of videos, posted by Tasha Fields on Facebook, shattered any preconceived notions about what may happen when police show up on the scene. Now, the videos are going viral — with over 1,000 shares since July 19. The videos e…

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the opulent Iroquois Hotel was built at the site of the former Richmond Hotel, which burned to the ground on May 18, 1887, tragically killing 15 people. After that, fireproof building materials were used to construct the Iroquois Hotel at the intersection of Main, Eagle and Washington streets. When completed in 1889, the hotel adv…

On #716Day, Western New Yorkers came out in full force to celebrate their love of the 716 area code. (As if they needed an excuse.) Actor Chad Michael Murray, who is from Clarence, kicked things off Sunday morning with a tweet celebrating his Buffalove: https://twitter.com/ChadMMurray/status/886598951973003264 Here's how some Western New Yorkers – and expats …

It's a well-known fact that Buffalo Bills fans are among the most fervent in the NFL. And legendary quarterback Peyton Manning learned that the hard way when he tried to give a game souvenir to a Bills fan. Manning appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Wednesday night and talked about his experience with football fans. He shared a story about playing a game in Buffalo …

The British singer-songwriter James Blunt has made his chicken wing preference very clear. “For me, of course, No. 1 is Duff’s,” Blunt told Gusto last week. “Super-hot is good. A little sweat is good.” So it's no surprise he brought his band and tour buddy Ed Sheeran to a place he called "the mecca of Buffalo wings" – Duff's in Amherst – before their s…

It's an understatement to say that Buffalo Sabres fans were excited at the news that Jason Pominville is returning to the team. So much so that fans recreated a 2007 stunt, changing the "Welcome to Buffalo" sign on the Kensington Expressway to say "Welcome to Pominville." Jason Pominville played for the Buffalo Sabres from 2003-04 through the 2012-13 season before be…

What happens when three legendary "Saturday Night Live" alums descend on Niagara Falls? Funny tweets, of course. Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, David Spade – along with comedian Nick Swardson – stopped in Niagara Falls, Ont., Saturday night as part of their "Netflix Presents: Here Comes the Funny" tour. They performed at the Niagara Fallsview Casino and didn't w…

Dreamland, a DIY arts collective in Allentown, was handed a notice from the city's Department of Permit and Inspections Services to cease all operations on Thursday. Dana McKnight, Dreamland's director, said they have their 501(c)3 nonprofit status and a business permit that allows them to operate as an art gallery. The notice from a city permit inspector read: "No cit…

The popular Tonawanda restaurant, bar and music venue Shannon Pub announced via a Facebook post Sunday evening it is closing its doors. Next weekend fans of the pub will have an opportunity to grab a pint of Guinness there for a "waking." The weekend will kick off on Friday with a performance from The Druids, a band from Ireland. Then the bar will close its doors Satu…

Here are some highlights from The Buffalo Evening News of May 19, 1917: * American Marines were slated for France under the command of Major-General Pershing. The bulk of the 2,600 troops were to be brought home from the tropics where they were stationed. * Belva Lockwood died at the age of 88 after a long illness. She was the first woman admitted to practice before…

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of May 18, 1917: * A series of explosions at the Niagara-Electro Chemical plant led to a large fire that spread rapidly, destroying the plant and spreading to the nearby Cliff Paper Co. Both factories were destroyed at an estimated loss of $300,000 and other nearby buildings were slated to be dynamited. Twenty-five…

Here are some highlights from The Buffalo Evening News of May 16, 1917: * Russia's minister of foreign affairs resigned his post and the Cabinet. After a revolution a month earlier, the coalition Democratic government was already showing signs of chaos. * Major-General J. Franklin Bell, commander of the department of the east, visited Fort Niagara to inspect the offi…

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of May 15, 1917: * Russia's provisional government was trying to "stave off collapse" after a revolution the previous month. Government officials announced they are determined to stick to the task of operating a Democratic government. * Buffalo was chosen for a new Army aviation station as the War Department also…