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Sara Meehan

Sara Paulson Meehan is the digital news editor for The Buffalo News. She's also a resident of Elma, a graduate of the University at Buffalo and a native of Ithaca. She has been with The News since 2005.


Can't get out of work to watch the solar eclipse? NASA has you covered – with four full hours of eclipse-centric TV. "Eclipse Across America" will stream from noon to 4 p.m. and will feature live coverage of the eclipse, plus eclipse-related activities around the country. The video will come from 12 locations and will be shot using airplanes, ground telescopes and 57 …

It's a stinky mystery on the Niagara River: What's behind an unusually dark patch of water spilling in the Niagara River, surrounding the dock of the Maid of the Mist, on one of the most gorgeous weekends of the summer? http://buffalonews.com/2017/07/30/sewage-tank-discharge-alarms-niagara-falls-businesses-tourists/ The discolored water can be clearly seen in a video…

News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes talks with WBFO's Eileen Buckley about the toll that violence takes on schoolchildren in an area not often considered: the classroom. "There's no shortage of kids who are are affected by this," Lankes tells Buckley. "We had one forum with some students from the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology and we asked the room – there …

Fifty years ago, the manufacturing giant that bought Lackawanna Steel produced millions of tons of steel a year, employed 22,000 workers and supported entire cities. “Help Wanted” posters papered the complex. The legacy: hollowed-out buildings, piles of brick and broken glass and tall trees that grow in places that once would have withered a blade of grass. Here's a…

It was Jim McDonnell’s 70th birthday Thursday, and he decided to stop by the casino at the Hamburg Fairgrounds to celebrate. “On your birthday they give you some freebies,” he said. He was at the slots at about 12:30 p.m. when the lights suddenly shut off and he heard what sounded like a dozen bombs detonating. “We heard: Boom! Boom! And the rain was pouri…

Ever wondered what goes into making Weber's Horseradish Mustard? Get a peek through this virtual tour in the Heintz and Weber Co. in South Buffalo. This video is best viewed using Google Cardboard, but you can also view it on your mobile device (move phone to change view) or desktop computer (click and drag to change view). https://youtu.be/LKcoXxcaabY [Photo…

A map of the most misspelled words in America is making the rounds of the internet, and the words it highlights are both hilarious and horrifying. Disease. College. Angel. If you live in Utah, South Dakota or North Carolina, you're more likely to ask Google how to spell those words. As for us New Yorkers, beauty is our downfall, it seems. Take a look for yourself: …

A man is in custody following a domestic incident that turned into a standoff with police Sunday morning at a home in South Buffalo, authorities said. South District officers were called about 10 a.m. to the first block of Duerstein Street for a report of a man physically assaulting his girlfriend, police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said. At some point the man ba…

A young person fell or jumped from a second-story window at a Lockport school and was transported by Mercy Flight to a hospital in Buffalo, City of Lockport Police Chief Michael F. Niethe confirmed on Monday. Lockport City School District officials issued a statement Monday afternoon stating that Emmet Belknap Intermediate School had "activated a hold-in place as a resu…

Warm weather is headed our way – but in the meantime, watch out for hail this afternoon. The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement at 12:39 p.m. Sunday, warning of scattered showers and thunderstorms that could produce pea-sized hail in the afternoon. "Heavy rainfall may also occur briefly within these showers and thunderstorms at times," th…

Almost two years ago, we published a gallery of experiences that current residents and expats should have under their belts. How many these 100 things, in no particular order, have you checked off your list? http://buffalonews.com/2017/04/28/100-things-need-two-more/ 1. Bowl a few games at Voelker's Lanes on Amherst Street near Elmwood. Think "bowling alley" and wha…

Their experiences varied widely: Some endured schoolhouse beatings. Others watched fellow Jews hanged in concentration camps. Many learned their parents had been executed. Some remembered little. Meet 28 of Western New York’s Holocaust-era survivors.

If you love to write as much as you love the rich history of the Buffalo Niagara region, we'd like to hear from you. Steve Cichon, who has been the heart and soul of [BN] Chronicles for nearly three years, is moving on to more political pastures. The News is looking for a freelance writer to continue Cichon's excellent work through eight to 10 articles a month, conti…