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Ellen Przepasniak

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.


History

In October 1901, Western New York needed a pick-me-up. The crowds at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo were dwindling and the nation was in mourning after President McKinley's assassination at the exposition weeks earlier. Anna "Annie" Edson Taylor, a 63-year-old schoolteacher from Lockport, would provide that boost when she made history as the first person t…

History

187 years ago today, Sam Patch became Niagara Falls’ first daredevil. Surviving an 85-foot jump at the falls on Oct. 7, 1829, Patch was the first reported person to jump and survive — and he did it twice. Patch was a 22-year-old daredevil from Rhode Island who became famous from other waterfall jumps across the United States. Always striving for a bigger and better f…

History

There have been countless attempts by daredevils to make it over Niagara Falls throughout the years. Not many are as brazen — or as deadly — as the 1995 attempt by Robert Overacker to go over Niagara Falls on a jet ski. The stunt school graduate planned to escape the jet ski with a parachute, but witnesses say his parachute never opened and Overacker became another da…

History

Ten years ago, on Sept. 8, 2006, Ralph "Bucky" Phillips emerged from the woods in Warren County, Pa., with his hands up. After 160 days on the run, Phillips had earned a spot on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, next to Osama bin Laden, for shooting and killing a New York State trooper and wounding a second trooper. He was surrounded by hordes of officers…

Sports

The registration deadline for the 2016 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge is today. The 36th annual event will be held on Thursday, June 23 in Delaware Park in Buffalo. The race is a 3.5-mile loop which participants can run, jog or walk. Companies may have an unlimited number of participants per team, but the minimum requirement is four men for a male team, four women for a…

Food and Drink

The Royal is everything you want out of a Greek diner. You want it to serve breakfast all the time. You want it to be open 24 hours. And you want the food to be plentiful, fast and delicious.This modern Greek diner serves traditional fare along with diner favorites on plates that are piled high with hot, hearty food. For the price, you will never leave hungry. Combination …