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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?' N…

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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 marin…

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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…

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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 Cit…

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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 co-…

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 fo…

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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 – with …

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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…

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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. They s…