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Birds, do it, bees do it. Turtles, deer, and black-capped chickadees do it. Let's do it. Let's go to Tifft. Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., is a kind of miracle, a home for wildlife in the heart of what was once industrial Buffalo. There, a tweet is a bird call, not something that pops up on your phone. Tifft is home to a cattail marsh and all kinds of…

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The hand written message from Elbert Hubbard is sparse and to the point: "Mother Hubbard, 9:30 a.m., Love to you all, EH." Sent on a postcard from New York City May 1, 1915, it was the last known correspondence from the founder of the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora. He then boarded the Lusitania, which was sunk by a German U-boat seven days later off the coast of Irelan…

History

You'll find a skeleton in every closet in the netherworld explored by Mason Winfield. Winfield built a business on spinning ghost tales during walking tours he leads through some of the area's more fabled neighborhoods. Allentown, Larkinville and the Roycroft Campus of East Aurora all hold secrets, according to Winfield. This season Winfield partnered with Nickel …

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We don't need to go to Germany for Oktoberfest. We have Ulrich's. Ulrich's 1868 Tavern, at 674 Ellicott St., is more than Buffalo's oldest bar. Opened in 1868, it is a reminder of the days when Buffalo was a capital of beer brewing and German culture. The years when Germans -- our area's most populous ethnic group -- were visible. The late Buffalo News columnist Ray…

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Comic book fans of all ages know fall is officially here when Queen City Bookstore sponsors the annual Buffalo Comicon, set to take place Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Queen City Bookstore owner Emil Novak likes to keep his convention focused on comics, and this year promises something special. He’s been working with Paula’s Donuts (a…

A horse-drawn Jell-O wagon from between 1902 and 1904 will be unveiled Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Buffalo Transportation/Pierce-Arrow Museum. The wagon, made for the Jell-O company in Leroy, was discovered by Danielle Colby of  the History Channel's "American Pickers" show in an Ouachita Parish, La., family barn. James and Mary Ann Sandoro, the not-for-profit museum's f…

Niagara County

A 1-year-old harbor seal who had his hind flipper amputated is the latest rescue finding a home at the Aquarium of Niagara. The seal is scheduled to arrive at the Niagara Falls facility today. He was found in April by the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in New Jersey with injuries consistent with being struck by a vessel. His hind flipper was nearly severed and he…

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Dan Syracuse and Tim Herzog have been throwing beer-tasting gatherings every fall in Western New York for the last 28 years. Let's just say that the co-owner of Pizza Plant and general manager of Flying Bison Brewing Company have had lots of company in recent years. They are among the old guard of a regional craft movement that got its start three decades ago – wit…

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HARVARD, Mass. -- Down a rolling slope in this pastoral setting, 38 miles northwest of the famous, university bearing the same name, sits a red clapboard farmhouse. The rustic building is the centerpiece of a restored museum today. But back in 1843, the Fruitlands farmhouse - on 100 acres overlooking Nashua River Valley, the Nashua River, Mount Monadnock to the north an…

Health and Fitness

Mayda Pozantides slings burgers two nights a week in an Allentown restaurant but her career aspirations involve something much more grounded. She wants to be a full-time farmer in the City of Buffalo. Pozantides, 30, and her boyfriend, Anders Gunnersen – operations director with Buffalo Reddy BikeShare – bought a patch of land three years ago on the East Side. Th…

Health and Fitness

Fitness at Canalside has drawn more than 20,000 participants to the Buffalo harborfront during the last year and a half. This week is the last time this year's fans of free outdoor exercise can add to those ranks. As summer comes to a close, residents in the region can look forward to trading in their sneakers for skates at the ice at Canalside, said Kate Schrum, a com…

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The New York State Health Foundation has plowed about $150 million into efforts to improve health care across the Empire State during the last 11 years, including better primary care, more access to mental health services and programs that support post-9/11 veterans. Much of that money has been used to help treat chronic disease that crashed down on state residents, oft…

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Buffalonians think about Toronto as an adventurous way to spend a day off or even weekend; it's a massive metropolis with a breadth of different cultures, food and entertainment, it's less than two hours away, and the exchange rate is icing on the cake. But as Buffalo begins to make noise as a city on the rebound, Toronto media is suddenly more curious about progress so…

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In Blasdell, in the middle of a normal neighborhood, lies a gateway to the past. The serious past. We're not talking the 1970s. We mean the Middle Devonian Period -- a Tolkien-esque term for an era an astounding 380 million years ago in the Paleozoic Era. At that time, most of the state was covered by a shallow ocean. That means that every day in Western New York,…

Health and Fitness

Independent Health's Fitness in the Parks classes close out the summer season this week. Meanwhile, Canalside outdoor classes – presented by BlueCross Blue Shield of Western New York – will stretch into Labor Day weekend. All of these classes are free and all are welcome to participate. Below is a complete listing of remaining classes. * Independent Health cla…