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Thanksgiving is a time for feasting, for enjoying the comforts of home. From family to football, from pumpkin pie to the mighty green bean casserole, there's plenty to keep us content. But let's talk turkey. At some point, you will need to get out. Wouldn't it be fun, with all the expats and relatives back on the scene, to celebrate things that are going well in our…

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Jennifer Bardrof squeezed in lots of stuff in the spring of 2016, during the weeks she helped move her family from the Florida Gulf Coast back to her native Western New York: The Goofy, a 10K run followed by a half-marathon at Disney World; landing a new job as a substitute teacher; buying a new house. She didn't have time to bother with the flu-like symptoms that dogge…

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A Polar Stop with toy train layouts provided by local model railroad clubs, a building competition with canned goods to benefit the Food Bank of Western New York, and Kandy Kane's Holiday Magic Show are among the new sights this year at the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg. The 13th annual festival opens from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Frid…

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Darien Lake Theme Park says its new $5 million roller coaster, called Tantrum, will begin thrilling riders in May. Tantrum riders will go up a 98-foot vertical lift at a 90-degree angle, straight up the coaster’s first hill. In seconds, the coaster will plummet into a 97-degree drop and pretzel inversion. Passengers will reach speeds of 52 mph as the coaster snakes th…

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The Genesee County Planning Board on Thursday recommended approval of the new "Euro-style" roller coaster proposed for Darien Lake theme park after reviewing a site plan submitted by theme park officials. "The project is not difficult to review and recommend," said Felipe Oltramari, director of the planning board. "It is not a huge change." The proposed roller coas…

  YOUNGSTOWN - Soon thousands of tiny lights will illuminate the dark rural skies at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Road, paying homage to the spiritual aspect of the upcoming Christmas holy days and drawing hundreds of spectators.    The Barnabite Fathers are readying for their annual Festival of Lights, which begins Nov. 18 and runs from 5 to 9 p.m. eac…

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Elmwood and Hertel avenues boast Buffalo's best shopping. So surely the best of the best can be found where those two streets meet. Lo, over that hallowed crossroads looms the legendary North Buffalo Amvets. Greater Buffalo has two Amvets stores. The other behemoth, which rightfully has its fans, is on Walden Avenue in Depew. But the Buffalo store has an urban appeal…

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A pair of dinosaurs went on a rampage through the newsroom of The Buffalo News Thursday morning, mauling reporters, tossing editors asunder – and making sure they got some publicity for this weekend's Dino Daze event at the Buffalo Museum of Science. The dinosaurs were promoting the two-day dinosaur-themed event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 11 and 12, which …

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A tall and twisting roller coaster aimed at attracting visitors from beyond the region and the state is on track to open next summer at Darien Lake theme park. Details are sketchy, but the theme park appears to be eyeing a roller coaster that travels 44 to 62 mph with a completely vertical incline and a drop that goes beyond vertical. "This is a biggie," said Tom Tur…

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You know a giant scary monster can hatch out of a tiny egg? That's the story of Frightworld, America's Screampark. It began 16 years ago as a back yard haunted house. Every year, it grew. Now, still locally owned, it boasts five houses of horrors: the Eerie State Asylum; Camp Massacre; Grind House; Insanity; and the dreaded Night Stalkers. Horror connoisseurs rate Frig…

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The $20 million Western New York Welcome Center on Grand Island is under construction and expected to begin welcoming visitors in August, 2018. "The fact that they have put in some major structures shows that its going to happen and its going to happen quicker than people thought," said Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray. For the past few weeks, residents have b…

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Need a break from your everyday routine? Looking for a spark to get you fired up for that long, dreary winter season? Or are you tired of working hard and need a place to play hard? Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa could be the place for you. This luxury adult playground, nestled in the mountains in Southwestern Pennsylvania 70 miles south of Pittsburgh, is close e…

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The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum Porter Hall sounds magical, like a setting in a Victorian novel. And occasionally when he is working there, caretaker Thomas Stocklosa thinks it is haunted. "I was downstairs, and I heard footsteps up above," he said, his words at odds with the bright Monday morning. "And nobody was up there." He shook his head. "I'm sure I heard f…

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Former TV news anchor Erika Brason blames her daughter, Sydney, for falling hard for boutique indoor cycling studios. Brason first set her feet in one almost four years ago, when Sydney was attending George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and introduced her mother to SoulCycle, a higher-end cycling chain. "People ask, 'Have you always wanted to do this?' …

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Buffalo Harbor State Park, located at the southern end of the Outer Harbor, seems inconspicuous despite its 190 acres of rolling waterfront land. But New York State spent $15 million on the park since it acquired the land in 2013, and now 240,000 people a year are visiting it, according to the state. The park is now home to a nautical-themed playground, 1,000-slip mari…