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We're making a list and checking it twice. And we would like to invite you to join us. Because when the Christmas season ends, we don't want to have any regrets. The holidays are hectic. The days fly by. Too often, we don't have time to do the things we wanted to do. To bask in the beauty of a Christmas tree, say. To hear one of our town's magnificent choirs. To enjo…

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A yuletide or two ago, covering the 100 Things Every Western New Yorker should do at least once, we did our Christmas shopping on Elmwood Avenue. This year, we're hitting Hertel. Make no mistake, we'll find time for Elmwood too. You can't stay away. But Hertel Avenue, the jewel of North Buffalo, increasingly clamors for attention. The fun begins in earnest this weeke…

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Niagara Falls plans to jingle all the way through the three Saturdays – leading up to Christmas weekend with a new holiday celebration downtown that will feature a variety of free activities Saturday, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16. A Candlelight Stroll will launch Jingle Falls USA at 4:30 p.m. Saturday from the steps of Niagara Falls City Hall, 745 Main St. The procession will lea…

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The big news for Canalside in 2018 is the expected opening of Explore & More Children's Museum in December. While that building takes shape, other projects now in the planning and design stages for Canalside are expected to make their debuts in 2019 and 2020. "I am excited about all the work we are doing, and all the potential that we have," said Tom Dee, preside…

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A cloudless sky brought beaming sun to the Ice at Canalside on Friday morning as ice skating kicked off for the season along Buffalo's downtown waterfront. Conditions were not ideal. Most of the chill was out of the air as the temperature approached 50 degrees shortly before noon. That didn't stop families and friends from lacing up their skates and hitting the ice. …

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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 thro…

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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 coaste…

  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. each day …

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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 wi…

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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 Frigh…