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Lyndsey D'Arcangelo is freelance writer and award-winning author. Visit her at lyndseydarcangelo.com and/or follow her on Twitter @darcangel21

Sitting at a corner table in Spot Coffee on Delaware Avenue, William Fichtner is not only happy to be back in Buffalo but he’s savoring each and every moment. In town for a quick meeting with Tim Clark of the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission, the 60-year-old actor is getting ready to shoot a movie that he co-wrote and is starring in. He teases the plot with a knowing s…

Ever since he was a little kid, Emile Haynie dreamed of living in one of those sprawling, classic Victorian homes near Delaware Park. He still remembers the look and feel of the timeless architecture that has come to define Buffalo as vividly as if he were standing right in front of it. “It's truly one of the most beautifully built cities in America and the houses are…

During the Blizzard of ’77, the amount of snow that fell relentlessly from the sky was more than a young, wide-eyed Jesse L. Martin could handle. His family had moved from Virginia where the weather was mild at best and the first major snowstorm of his Buffalo-winter experience was something to behold. “I was in elementary school at the time and I swear, we were…

Just a few short years ago, Chad Hornberger was jamming on the guitar and rocking out with his band, Crashfuse. But in early 2016, he traded in his vintage tees and worn jeans for a suit and tie, and moved to New York City to become a graphic artist for the Disney Theatrical Group. Hornberger, 25, spends his days designing branding materials and show kits at the New Amster…

When Kim Krytus was 16 years old, she learned about the devastating famine that was crippling Ethiopia and how many children were dying of starvation. From that moment on, Krytus dreamed of traveling the world so she could help as many people as she could. But that dream was put on hold once she graduated from Depew High School. “I grew up in Depew and graduat…

If you’ve ever driven though Saratoga County during the weekday morning hours, chances are you’ve heard Shanna Hoy’s raspy voice reverberating through your car stereo. For the past four years, Hoy has been the co-host of a morning radio show based in Albany. They play '80s and '90s throwback hits, and modern easy listening artists like Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5. Ho…

Paul and Linda Hardaway first met at the original Zionist Baptist Church on Maple Avenue when they were both starry-eyed teenagers. For 13-year-old Linda, it was love at first sight — so much so that she even bet her friend (now sister-in-law) a dollar that she was going to win Paul's heart. For 14-year-old Paul, it was only a matter of time before Linda won the bet. …

Growing up in Marblehead, Mass., Jessie Shetterly never thought about owning a business. She never imagined she’d live anywhere else but the small sailing town outside of Boston, either. But things change. Shetterly lives in Hamburg now and owns three Edible Arrangements franchises throughout Western New York.  “It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s been my life. I…

It’s been over a year since Dillon Williams lost his legs in a freak mowing accident. There’s no more pain. No more soreness. Both of his legs are fully healed, and he’s learning how to walk again with state-of-the-art prosthetics. But every now and again, the frustration sets in and the 21-year-old can’t help thinking about what he could have done differently t…

Growing up in Medina, Alix Gilman and Scott Robinson often heard and repeated the phrase, “There’s nothing to do around here.” Now, Alix wonders if they were just too young and unaware to notice all of the things that Western New York had to offer. Alix and Scott, both 32, first met in sixth grade when Scott passed a note in English class, hoping Alix would go out…

Whenever the New York Jets play the Buffalo Bills in Buffalo, Jessica Collier, 30, is planted somewhere in the stands with her entire family in tow. Half of them — the good half, she said— wears Bills gear. The other half, especially her father, wears Jets green and white. It’s a tradition that started years ago, when Collier was still living in Buffalo. “We’re …

When Jennifer Gibas graduated from LaSalle High School in Niagara Falls in 1992, she decided to move to Phoenix to live with a friend. It was the first time she'd felt the urge to travel and live elsewhere. And it wouldn’t be the last. Gibas, 43, moved back to Buffalo two years later. At the time she was unsure of what to do with her life, as many 20-somethings are, and…

Tara and Ryan Erwin met in high school at Kenmore West. They were married in June 2002. Shortly thereafter, most of people in their 12-person wedding party moved away. “It was like a mass exodus,” said Tara, 37, with a laugh. “We got married in our early twenties so a lot of our friends naturally needed to get out and experience life outside of Buffalo for grad sch…

Dr. Timothy Quinn has always felt a strong connection to Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Quinn, 33, volunteered at Roswell Park as a high school student, and he worked there as a summer intern while attending medical school at Georgetown. So when a full time anesthesiologist position became available at the same time Tim and his wife, Marie, were contemplating a move back t…